We’ll see you in there.
Connect to customize your food & drink discovery.
Almost a year after closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kay Pacha––St. Clair West’s poshest spot for Peruvian ceviche, anticuchos, tiradito, Pisco-based cocktails and more––has permanently closed.
After opening in 2017, in the space formerly occupied by seafood-focused restaurant Catch, Kay Pacha was named one of the city’s best restaurants by Toronto Life magazine. The restaurant’s elegant design paired with chef Elias Salazar’s menu of inventive, modern Peruvian fare easily gained a devoted following.
However, Kay Pacha shuttered its doors on March 24, 2020, following Toronto Public Health’s orders that all non-essential businesses must close. Unlike other places that immediately shifted to expand their takeout menus, the restaurant never reopened. Now, a recent update to Kay Pacha’s Instagram page reads, “Kay Pacha is permanently closed.”
Chef Salazar left the business in 2018 due to creative differences with his ex-partner. Though the exact reasons for Kay Pacha’s closure are unclear, Chef Salazar told blogTO, “I believe after I left, the restaurant declined and they decided to close.”
For those still craving Peruvian cuisine, Salazar’s most recent venture, Waska Peruvian Kitchen, is a catering and prepared food company offering creative Peruvian dishes. Salazar also has a Peruvian rotisserie chicken spot launching soon.