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Feb 24, 2009 09:35 AM

Trying to Remember a Restaurant

It was and may still be on Carlton on the North side. It was kind of a like a house and served what I remember being Spanish style tapas. I recall Sangria and a saffron butter. Later in the evening the servers would come by tables with a wineskin and shoot booze down your throat (maybe why I can't remember all the details). There may have been dancing as well. This was about 10 years ago. Sound familiar at all?

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  1. Pretty sure it was actually called tapas.

    5 Replies
    1. re: metalmicky

      You might be right. Is it still around?

      Is that Metal Mickey as in Suede? I haven't heard that song in ages.

      1. re: jamesm

        I remember that place - on the north side of Carlton, near Parliament? I recall they had dancing in the basement. I think it's been closed for a number of years now.

        1. re: ms. clicquot

          That's right, close to Parliament near Ernst Zundel's place. I don't even remember if the food was any good but it popped into my head.

      2. re: metalmicky

        I think the downstairs part was called Tapas, the upstairs section escapes me.
        I remember a garlic soup and some sausage tapas -- perhaps chorizo. As the night wore on, customers started doing Spanish dancing wherever they could, even though it was a pretty tight basement space. This was probably around 1993.
        The restaurant upstairs is now called Piccolo. The basement space has some live music sometimes. Tapas however no longer exists.

        1. re: DrewStar

          Yes, Piccolo. As much as I miss Tapas, my gf's and I quite like the new place.

          226 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A2L1, CA

      3. You're driving me crazy now Jamesm...I know the place. It was on Carlton just west of Parliament in an old house. There's a little (very little) patio out front...if you walk down a few steps it takes you into a tapas bar (which I think is still there). The main front staircase took you into the more formal upstairs restaurant. I remember the wiaters used to dance with the guests and they did a very good lentil soup with ham. I think the upstairs restaurant has reopened as an italian resto...was it called Segovia?

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        1. re: Finnegan

          It was called Tapas. Segovia was a Spanish place on Yonge at Wellesley.

          1. re: The Prowler

            it was definately called Tapas.. Crazy place with the guy shooting Sangria at you through a wineskin. Early mid 90's.. was more a place to meet girls than dine really))

            1. re: bruceter

              I know the downstairs part of the house/restaurant was called Tapas, but the main restaurant above was more like fine spanish the main restaurant is an italian place

              1. re: Finnegan

                Hah...just remembered...the main restaurant above the tapas place was called El Cid

                1. re: Finnegan

                  YES!!! It was driving me crazy too! I used to go to the original MAC/Denis Bouchard Salon very near to El Cid.. ...and drove by the Restaurant at least every 3 weeks!!! I remember that "Daniel et Daniel" was near there as well...same side of the street but closer to Parliament...

        2. I do remember that place -- it was terrific and one of the first places I ever had tapas. I went there back in the early 90s -- I think it was there then too. Too bad it's not there anymore.