Petros82 is a splashy Mediterranean restaurant and raw bar located on the ground floor of Hotel X Toronto.
The brainchild of byPeterandPauls, the name is a reference to one of the founders of the hospitality group and the year it was established — 1982.
The entire space encompassing a lounge area, dining room and three private rooms seats around 300 total, the top of soaring 40-foot ceilings level with the ceiling of the hotel's third floor.
Select from a fresh fish display for a dish of market price whole-grilled fish prepared with olive oil, Petro salt, lemon and oregano.
Baked feta ($17) wraps creamy, dense feta that's not too crumbly in warm, flaky filo pastry, topping it with crunchy black and white sesame seeds and drizzling it with honey, a chunk of honeycomb crowning the small sharing plate.
Sardinhas are priced at $19 for a relatively flat, instantly devourable order of grilled Portuguese sardines, though they do have quite a strong fishy flavour set off by lemon, tomato, onion and flaked sea salt.
Octapodi is steep at $28 for another smaller sharing plate, though it makes a nice light plate for one of charred Mediterranean octopus seasoned with lemon, pepper and garlic, accompanied by a fresh Nicoise-like medley of potatoes, tomatoes and meaty pit-in olives.
For dessert there's baklava ice cream ($11), pistachios folded into wildflower honey ice cream with a hint of lemon, finished with a walnut crumble and topped with roasted candied walnuts and a rosewater honey on top. Sweet, sticky and nutty, it successfully imitates the traditional dessert.
A Sokolatina chocolate cake ($14) tastes like it can't possibly be gluten-free, but it is. A brownie made with gluten-free flour is topped with a Belgian chocolate mousse, caramelized chocolate glaze, and a tahini mascarpone, accompanied by a white chocolate caramel sauce, a caramelized white chocolate crumble and a zephyr caramel ice cream.
A Spritz Provencal ($14) infuses Aperol with lavender in house, combining it with grapefruit and Fiol prosecco for a light and floral take on a Spritz.
The Santorini is a little more boozy though maybe not enough to earn its $20 price tag, a combination of Belvedere vodka, St-Germain, Creme de Myrtille and lemon.
The Coffee and Cookie ($18) is a take on an espresso martini made with Patron XO coffee liqueur, Belvedere, Bailey's and Nespresso Ristretto and garnished with a mini Oreo for a chocolatey, coffee-forward beverage.
There's also a full-service patio outside seating 130.