“Chips, Boquerones, Piquillo & Jalapeño” are the surprising highlight — and only $9. You won’t find paella on this Spanish menu. Nobody would blame you for focusing on excellent house-made charcuterie, pintxos (don’t miss the roast bone marrow, $13), powerful cocktails ($15-17) and mostly-Spanish fortified wines until you’re too full to think. Take a quick stretch and settle in again for excellent seafood, including renowned octopus, and meats (try sweetbreads with raw tuna, $20). Tip: Always say yes to foie gras, especially with basque cake ($31 for the pair).
Reserve a table or bar stools at least two weeks in advance. Chef-Owner Grant van Gameren is the hottest restaurateur in Toronto right now, having just opened Bar Raval nearby (505 College Street).