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Jun 26, 2007 06:15 AM

spanish rest on mt. pleasant??

walked by a spansish tapas rest the other day on mt pleastant just north of davisville. starts with a "c". just wondering if anyone knows that name and if it is worthwhile to check out?

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  1. I haven't tried it, but it's called Cambalache ( We've got it on the list as a potential destination for a chowhound meet.

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    1. re: midtowngirl

      It's about as close to a 'real' tapas place as you'll get in Toronto. HOWEVER they don't have any sherries available (OK one dessert) - so not sure what they are trying to do.
      Food was not bad. Service a bit amateurish. Winelist really not up to par - especially for wines by the glass.
      Menu is probably too large to obtain any consistency but if you look at it as a neighbourhood place it's worth dropping by.
      But their tables and chairs are a disaster - have to be left over from the previous incarnation. The tables are too small to accommodate several dishes and the chairs are way too soft upholstered and the seats low - it's probably easier to rest your chin on the table, rather than your elbows! We moved after ordering to find a table and chairs that were more comfortable.

      1. re: estufarian

        I hate to disagree so strongly with you, and I did go early on when it opened, but seriously, the food was completely laughable at that point. My husband and I could not believe it- the menu did read like 'real' tapas, but it just did not deliver. Honestly, I'm telling you that we were past put off and actually laughing at the table.

        1. re: nummanumma

          Hey, no problem - your opinion is as equally valid as mine.
          Where do you find the best tapas in TO?

          1. re: estufarian

            well, i guess it is a two-part question... are we talking flavor or style ? I don't think i've had any tapas in toronto that reflects my experience (which could be described as somewhat limited- it's not like I've traveled through *all* of Spain) - the closest in style is Coca- but I really didn't enjoy my two experiences there, as I didn't think the food or service were very good at all (which I think i've outlined in detail previously, so won't go into it again).

            1. re: nummanumma

              I find I end up at Coca more often than anywhere else. But I probably have my favourites now.