Xango Toronto

Xango

Xango (pronounced Chango) is the name of both a Latin spirit of thunder, and this restaurant from Claudio Aprile (Copetin, Origin) and Ivan Bailey (Pick 6ix Sports) serving Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. 

It's also apparently the name of one of the first Latin American restaurants where Aprile ever worked. Now shuttered, he always liked the name and felt it deserved a second chance. 

Xango Toronto

Formerly home to Brassaii, the restaurant with a six-seat ceviche and sushi bar is technically connected to Arcane nightclub.

Xango Toronto

The two spaces are much more separated than they once were, Xango given its own dedicated laneway entrance.

Xango Toronto

Illuminated by fun but luxurious touches like an orange fireplace and blown glass chandeliers, a dining room seats 70, a lounge 40, and a private dining room 18.

Xango Toronto

Tempura shishito peppers actually aren't too pricey at $10, fresh and airy with a delicate batter, subtle saffron aioli and mild powdered pepper dust. 

Xango Toronto

The classic ceviche ($24) is one of a trio of options, composed of rustic chunks of meaty grouper with sweet potato, crispy corn kernels, coriander and red onion swimming in a punchy tiger's milk of citrus and chili juices. Aprile encourages picking up the bowl and slurping. 

Xango Toronto

Shrimp ($22) from a selection of options cooked on the robata grill are marinated in olive oil, garlic and fermented chilli, flamed briefly with Pernod after grilling and plated smothered in more spicy fermented chilli sauce. 

Xango Toronto

A dessert of coffee & milk chocolate + fried sweet dough ($12) is essentially a Latin American bunuelo, a sweet dough rolled wafer thin using a pasta machine, fried to a cracker-y consistency and coated in different spices and sugar.

Xango Toronto

The coffee and milk chocolate component whips coffee together with aerated chocolate. Topped with freeze-dried raspberries, the dough is meant to be dragged through it: the chocolate is a little thick to accomplish this, and the dough is powdered a bit excessively.

Xango Toronto

Go for the cheapest dessert at $11, a charred banana torched with sugar and plated with a bright passion fruit sorbet, a little refined rich financier cake, an almond crumble and a base of coconut tapioca, tart yuzu curd ringing the deep bowl. Here, elements combine effortlessly.

Xango Toronto

To drink, the Everything's Nice in Kyoto ($18) is choc full of Asian influences, based on Roku gin which is infused with a little yuzu, more yuzu juice picking up on that, a cute wasabi pea dust rim and shiso leaf garnish tying everything together.

Xango Toronto

The Smoke & Sunshine ($18) emulates a sunset both in look and feel, Angostura bitters filtering down over time through a combination of tequila, mezcal, lime and spiced pineapple, garnished with an ostentatious lime wheel and dehydrated bitters-soaked pineapple chip.

Xango Toronto

Xango falls under the Liberty Group umbrella.

Xango Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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