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On Saturday, May 10, 2008, our theatre group, and 3 of their children—21 in all, enjoyed dinner, ordered from the
regular menu at the Cambalache Restaurant on Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto. Not only was this meal superb
in every way, but all of our other expectations were also met admirably, e.g., the co-operation we received from
Sandra in helping us to plan this special event in advance (This was a pre-ordered tapas meal supplemented by
paella.), the quality and promptness of the service, the recommended wine and sangria, as well as the superb
flan desserts provided.
I will continue to recommend Cambalache to my friends for both small and larger family gatherings. Toronto has
very few fine Spanish restaurants and we are fortunate indeed that Cambalache has located in our neighbourhood.

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  1. Thanks for this! I walked by it on Mount Pleasant last week and was really pleased to see a proper Tapas menu. Most of the tapas places in town seem to jazz up the dishes to try and cater to local tastes. I just want small plates of chorizo, bravas, manchego and croquetas with my sangria, thank you very much! Awesome.

    1. Had a nice meal of tapas at Cambalache this week.

      We shared 5 tapas- pinchos de verdura (grilled veggie brochette), spinach and artichoke empanadas (made with filo, rather than shortcrust), patatas bravas with chorizo, fried calamari with aioli, and sardines with roasted red pepper and tapenade. The fried calamari is one of the better versions I've found in Toronto, nice and crispy. While the patatas bravas weren't as crispy as I'd like, the potatoes themselves tasted good, and I liked the sauce. The bread basket was refilled quickly, as were water glasses. 5 tapas came to just over $43.

      When I return again, I'll focus on more mea/cheese dishes, and maybe try the paella or fideua. My dining friend seemed to be drawn to some veggie dishes I don't really associate with traditional or standard tapas- and I guess I'm more of a traditionalist when I'm in a Spanish restaurant.

      The service is warm and hospitable, and the atmosphere is cozy. Nice people are running the place.

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      1. re: phoenikia

        Thanks for the comprehensive report. I've been wondering about this place for some time. Definitely looking for a place to hit before "Moving to the Sticks", which is playing up the road. Have you tried Pimenton?

        1. re: Snarf

          Haven't had a chance to try Pimenton yet, Snarf. But hopefully soon.

      2. Haven't been to the restaurant yet, but based on my tasting of the tapas samples they were serving at the Summerhill LCBO Spanish/Portuguese wine promotio in the event kitchen there last week, it's definitely on my list -- jambon serrano with aioli and something else (can't remember) on toast and it was delicious. Went very well with the cava on offer.

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        1. re: JamieK

          Do they serve paella there or just strictly tapas menu?

          1. re: callitasicit

            They have paella on the menu. But haven't been there yet myself.
            http://www.cambalache.ca/mainv2.htm

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            Cambalache
            505 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2L9, CA