Despite being such an incredible food city, Toronto does not have much in the way of unique, signature dishes. I hereby nominate Chef Greg Couillard’s Jump Up Soup as one. For a time this was probably Toronto’s most famous dish, inspired by the first Caribana Parade in 1967 – a riot of colour, music and tropical heat that crashed through the stolid grey of downtown Toronto much like Greg’s cooking would do to the restaurant scene in the decades that followed.
Based on a traditional Jamaican “pepper pot” soup, this hearty, spicy soup features Jamaican pumpkin, sweet potato, chayote, sweet and hot peppers and the complex spices that are Greg’s claim to fame.
Served with Coconut Rice
Add Greg’s homemade jerk chicken thigh +$4
Add Mango & Jicama Coleslaw +$3
It would not be hyperbole to suggest that Greg Couillard is one of the most influential chefs in Toronto’s culinary history. Through groundbreaking restaurants like The Parrot, Stelle, Avec, Sarkis, The Spice Room and many others, his prescient embrace of this city’s multicultural flavours and ingredients revolutionized fine dining in Toronto, and foreshadowed the eclectic, international menus many now take for granted.