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Bar Raval
No phone
505 College St.,
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A4
43.655979 -79.410093
Grant van Gameren has replicated the suave yet oh-so-slightly louche quality of the kind of Barcelona tapas bar where you grab an espresso on the way to work, meet friends for five o’clock cocktails, and perch with a paramour late into the night on stools in a corner, grazing from plates of lusciously fatty chorizo and gildas of speared olives, Italian peppers and pickled pearl onions. The menu is weighted to seafood, much of it steamed and served in the cans in which it’s been preserved. The standout option is pungently delicious razor clams and sweet peppers. Mutton-chopped bartenders push a long, on-theme list of sherries and rare vermouths, yet the real treats are artisanal concoctions, like the sweet-tart Dopeness of Amontillado, Seville orange marmalade and, for healthy measure, a dash of bee pollen.
Bar Raval


Neighbourhood: Little Italy

Bring your own bottle: Yes

Kitchen open late: Yes

Outdoor dining: Yes

Takes reservations: No