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Bar Raval, Toronto » Canada's Top 50 Restaurants List

Bar Raval, Toronto

BAR RAVAL, Toronto, Ontario

Chef/owner: Grant van Gameren
Website: www.thisisbarraval.com. Cuisine: Spanish pintxos 
Telephone: N/A. Twitter: @bar_raval
2014 Rank: New entry
Price Range: $2-$68, small plates
You Must Order: Sliced oak-grilled Octopus ($9).
Need to Know … from MasterChef Canada contestant Mike Green:How they put out such excellent food from such a tiny kitchen, in an even tinier room, is beyond me. Only an absurdly good restaurant could get away with having no chairs and only barrels and benches to eat from (with toothpicks at that), but it all works, this whole eating-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-strangers thing. The cocktails are insanely good too — so balanced yet still boozy, while the grilled cuttlefish dish I shared on my last visit I still think about constantly.”

Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance Executive Director Rebecca LeHeup says: “Great Canadian spin on a Spanish concept. Gorgeous space. Delicious tapas. Unique experience in Toronto.”