TORONTO — Gusto 54 Restaurant Group has launched its new Jamaican concept in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen offers a take on traditional Caribbean cuisine balanced with healthy, modern twists. The restaurant is located in a restored 19th-century row house across the street from the restaurant group’s Gusto 101 restaurant.
“For me, Chubby’s is an opportunity to honour my family heritage and the richness of Jamaica that has spread around the world,” says Angela Lawrence, Chubby’s Development lead. “I was passionate about us capturing that in the food, design, music and dining experience.”
The restaurant is helmed by Jamaican-born chef, Donavon Campbell, and features menu items such as saltfish fritters ($12), Jamaican patties ($10), oxtail stew ($18) and curry goat ($17).
Chubby’s bar menu features a selection of premium rums and signature cocktails, as well as Jamaican classics such as traditional rum punch and ginger beer on-tap.
“With the food, drinks, and décor, Chubby’s is a celebration of Jamaican culture,” says Janet Zuccarini, CEO, Gusto 54 Restaurant Group. “It’s about recreating what we love about the island, in our own expression, in downtown Toronto.”
Chubby’s accommodates 100 guests in the winter and up to 140 guests in the summer months, thanks to patios at the back and front of the building. The space also features an open-concept main-floor kitchen, custom wood-fired jerk pit grill, private dining room and a two-storey “greenhouse” addition with skylights and hanging plants.