Bar Raval

505 College St.
Toronto
ON, M6G 1A4

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About the Restaurant

CHEF'S PICK:
Rob Rossi, of Giulietta, is one of the chefs who placed
Bar Raval on his list of top T.O. restaurants.

CHECK OUT THIS WRITE-UP ON BAR RAVAL FROM THE POST CITY ARCHIVES (below).

Grant van Gameren's new tapas bar is being lauded as Barcelona's gift to Toronto. And it is. But life is complicated and Toronto isn't Barcelona. Oh well. We race to dine at Raval but guess what, they don't take reservations. That's no surprise; but the chairs are. Or should I say lack thereof.

And that's where the rubber hits the road. Toronto isn't Barcelona. In Barcelona people crowd into tapas bars after work, they stand three deep at the bar and munch on tapas, quaff a dry sherry or three.... And then move on. Barcelonans aren't eating dinner at tapas bars.

Are we? Is our eating culture the same as theirs? Does it matter?

It does to me. I just wasn't sure about dining standing up. Even for Grant.

The room is a spectacular homage to Antoni Gaudí, designed to recall the fanciful grand curlicues of the master of whimsy and joy.

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