Selva: a multi-sensory restaurant in Toronto led by Chef Nuit Regular

Selva restaurant.

An immersive, multi-sensory, and colourful new restaurant is opening in Toronto, and one of Toronto’s most widely recognized chefs is leading the charge in the kitchen.

Chef Nuit Regular is the co-owner and executive chef of PAI Northern Thai Kitchen, Kiin, Sabai Sabai, SukhoThai. She’s won awards, including the government of Thailand’s prestigious Thai Select Signature designation for authenticity in three of her restaurants, and is a judge on Food Network Canada’s “Wall of Chefs.” Even a global pandemic didn’t slow her down. Since October 2020, she published a cookbook and created meal kits of her most-loved dishes. She will be leading the culinary program at Selva.

Vegan ceviche: Chef Nuit Regular replaces fish and seafood with fresh young coconuts and adds a Thai twist with the use of aromatic magrud lime juice.

Selva, which translates to jungle from Spanish, will feature massive murals of contemporary art created by @clandestinosart (@brunosmoky + @shalakattack), black lights, lots of tropical plants, and plenty of visually stimulating experiences.

Selva’s menu will merge chef Nuit’s Thai flavours with a nod to South American cuisine. Chef Nuit Regular’s goal is to complement the immersive multi-sensory experience at Selva by creating one-of-a-kind pieces of her hand-crafted edible art.

“Growing up in northern Thailand, I was also surrounded by jungles and nature, so I wanted to find a connection between the cuisines of South American and Thai cuisine—whether it’s a similarity in the ingredients or cooking techniques. I wanted the menu to bring the two cultures together and connect people through food and art,” Chef Nuit Regular says.

Federica Belloni

Federica Belloni

Researcher in the field of experiential design.