KIND: Experiences are increasingly what guests are looking for. What makes a perfect culinary evening for you?
NR: Atmosphere. A great atmosphere sets your emotions, the music you hear, the lighting, the way that you’re treated. All of that combines with the food in building a wonderful night out—something we all need.
KIND: You’ve been developing some new things for your menu. Can you give us a window into these dishes?
NR: I was in PEI recently and this is one thing I love about Selva, because now I can offer up oysters, lobsters and beautiful crabs. I’m really excited about delicious seafood moving forward—talking about it makes my mouth start watering, and that’s always a good sign.
KIND: You’re always such a breath of fresh air and leading light even beyond the kitchen, simply in your approach to life. What’s your biggest wish for the universe in the new year?
NR: Everything starts with love. From love, everything grows brighter—to your family, to your neighbours, to your community—love yourself, and give love to those around you. Love is all we need.
Selva is located at 221 Richmond St. West in Toronto. For Nuit Regular’s Selva menu, please see selvatoronto.com.