Food Bond over a meal of tapas; chef Matt Simpson talks about his favourite fall ingredients.
Grab some friends and enjoy a meal of shareable plates together.
Though this restaurant from Grant van Gameren is wellknown for its curvy wooden interior, the ever-changing menu of Spanish tapas gets top nods, too. Try the likes of octopus a la planxa, chorizo sausage, and fried eggplant and honey at this intimate Little Italy hangout.
505 College St., thisisbarraval.com
Named for Oliver & Bonacini’s executive chef Anthony Walsh’s Argentinian mother-in-law, Elena, the menu is influenced by the cuisine of Spain and Italy and features many family recipes. Grab a spot at the octagonal bar in the art deco-accented space for such savoury snacks as quail eggs dressed with spicy aïoli, salt cod fritters, or smoked jamon croquetas. 176 Yonge St., lenarestaurante.com
Chef Steven Gonzalez is behind this lively two-level restaurant complete with a speakeasy. Emphasizing traditional Latin dishes from coastal countries but with a twist, there’s a main dining room that is colourful yet cozy, as well as the second level Pablo’s Snack House. Here, patrons can tuck into empanadas, OG duck chaufa, or yuca frita. 485 King St. W., barotoronto.com
The flavours of Israel, Lebanon and Morocco come to life at this busy Ossington restaurant. The menu is divided into three sections: dips (hummus, beet, and labneh), hot (spicy harissa meatballs, charred cauliflower, saffron rice), and cold (fennel salad, za’atar steak tartare).
229 Ossington Ave., barsybanne.com
Located in a heritage building across from the St. Lawrence Market, this restaurant seeks inspiration from various Spanish regions while using local and seasonal Ontario ingredients. Sip one of their signature sangrias while nibbling on marinated Spanish olives and pickles, seafood paella, or a cheese plate—try the queso manchego with dates and olive oil.
26 Market St., barsataberna.com