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Dec 22, 2008 12:51 PM

Tapas-like restaurant

Does anyone have a recommendation for a tapas style restaurant for a group of 6 people?

Sharable small dishes. Preferrably downtown and walkable from the subway line but we'd go as far north as Lawrence.

Looking for something similar to Cava - we went there last time and enjoyed the group experience.

Without wine, would like the price to be in the $50-75 range per person.


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  1. Cava was going to be my first suggestion!

    Foxley's Bistro on Ossington (south of Dundas) is fantastic. Take the Ossington bus south from Ossington Station. You will want to make a reservation, though, because it's always packed. The ceviche is to die for and the blue crab avocado salad is so good I almost didn't want to share it with my husband. And oh! The crunchy shrimp! Soooo good!! The wine list isn't that stellar, but it's okay. There was one German reisling that we liked, I think. Or was it a gewurtz? Can't recall.

    There's always Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, on Church, south of Front. It's one of our favourites. I don't think you can make reservations there, but they take your cell number and you can head around the corner somewhere to have a drink while you wait for your seat. We like sitting at the bar that faces where the food is prepared... it's pretty fun. Order the cheese plate! And JK fries are legendary.

    Value-wise, Foxley's is better. I almost couldn't believe the bill when we got it (I think it was under $100 for the two of us, including wine, excluding tip).

    207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

    Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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    1. re: Sarah Cat

      Don't think Foxley's takes resos. ;=?

      1. re: Sarah Cat

        Foxley would be perfect, but they don't take reservations and there's really only one table big enough for six. Your best bet would probably be to eat early and time your visit close to opening time, otherwise you may face a long wait.

      2. You could try Embrujo Flamenco on Danforth near Broadview station.

        1. Lessee...

          Torito on Augusta south of College is a good one.
          Black Hoof on Dundas west of Bathurst is another.
          Mezzetta on St. Clair at Christie is a personal favourite.
          Sorrisso on College at Clinton isn't bad either.

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          1. re: escoffier

            Last I was there, about 2 months ago, Sorriso had ditched the "tapas" style. They said people didn't get it. There is a new chef, too. The pasta i ordered was pretty bad - tasteless. Now it's just a mediocre Italian restaurant.

            1. re: Delish

              I agree, Sorriso has gone downhill since they first opened. I miss the original small plates approach, and wish they hadn't taken the suppli off the menu.

              1. re: phoenikia

                Ah. Well then. I haven't been in a while. When they did have the tapas style I liked it but if that's gone then really, what's the point. Just another Italian place on College...

          2. I second Torito. It's quite a comfortable space and their take on traditional spanish tapas is spot on. As an example, their Patatas Bravas has whole chunks of Chorizo in it! Though not traditional, at least that I know of, it is in keeping with the traditions of their home cuisine with an added twist. The Camarones al Ajillo is among the best I've had this side of the Atlantic They also have a bar tapas space (the name escape's me. I think it's Pepe's) that's open on the weekends (Fridays and Saturdays). It is very spanish in its style and vibe. I have held a few gatherings in the upstairs space and they were very successful. Both refined and novice palates seem to really enjoy it.
            Oh and lastly, the beef cheeks are delicious. You should try them!
            IMO this is the only restaurant that claims to be a tapas bar I would recommend in the downtown core. While the space may be reminiscent of a typical canadian sit-down restaurant and untraditional to a tapas-style bar in Madrid, the food could quite possibly transport you across the pond!

            276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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            1. re: CheddarCheese

              I third Torito. If you have an eye on budget, watch out for the sangria; it is pretty expensive and it adds up quickly! Mostly because it is so tasty, especially the white wine version.

            2. I went to George a few days ago. It was pretty nice. It's not exactly like Cava, but they offer the "tapas" style, small dishes. I got a 7 course for $110, but they offer a 5 course, as well as an a la carte menu, where you could design your own meal.

              The food was very good, one of the better I had this year. Chef Lorenzo does some very nice work. The staff was very gracious. We were the last people at the restaurant, in fact the last two people for an hour, and never felt rushed. When we left, the had actually shoveled a path directly to my car. What service!!!

              It's on Queen/Jarvis