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.

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Bar Raval

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

Leña

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

Baro

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

Bar Sy­banne

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

Barsa Taberna

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

Bar Raval

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