iSLAS means Islands
OUR DISHES ARE INSPIRED BY THE SPECIALTIES FROM THE PHILIPPINES, A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WHICH CONSISTS OF MORE THAN 7000 ISLANDS.
OWNER & EXECUTIVE CHEF
Born and raised in Toronto by Filipino parents that migrated to Canada in the early 70's. Marc grew up with his siblings and many cousins who frequently had family parties on weekends and BBQ in the parks. Inspired by the food he grew up with and the food he learned about while travelling to the Philippines, he decided to open a restaurant one day that would be a place for people to gather and remind people of the richness and flavours of the homeland. He says, "Toronto needs this place to eat and drink good Filipino food and be happy." There is so much fruits and vegetables to showcase from the Philippines. We think about iSLAS as an introduction to our food and culture here in the city. Keeping with traditional styles and authentic flavours with every dish.
Changing careers in 2013 from the travel industry he worked at various kitchens like Joey's Restaurants, Houstons Steakhouse, Bazille at Nordstrom and Reds Wine Tavern. "It is a continued education to create new dishes and research the history of our food and culture. The best thing I learned while working in the kitchens was to learn one new thing everyday and apply it."
CO-OWNER & GENERAL MANAGER
Born and raised in the Philippines, she migrated to Canada in 2013 to join her husband Marc. She has a background in Accounting, and her last role before joining iSLAS was at Scotiabank Mortgage in the Financial District. "There are many options of sit down restaurants in the Philippines and I noticed there aren't many in Toronto "she says. Her vision is to introduce Filipino cuisine and hospitality in North America.