100 Top Restaurants: #47 – Patria

Tucked down a laneway, set apart from the hustle and bustle of King West, there’s an undeniable hint of the clandestine while making your way to this sultry tapas bar. At night, the lights dim, the music recedes and conversations take on a sexier hush as diners lean in over clay pots of warm olives and plates of perfect croquetas. The paella, stunningly simple, made marvellous with ample saffron, arrives a brisk 45 minutes after being ordered—well before appetizers are finished. 478 King St. W., 416-367-0505.