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Sep 26, 2010 01:13 PM

ISO Small plates restaurant

Looking for a place with "small plates" much like the Batali restaurants in New York. Anything like that?
Italian preferred, spanish is a far away second.

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  1. This probably only partially meets your criteria but Atlantic on Dundas serves small plates with some Italian influences. I was there a week ago and every dish was fantastic. A chickpea ragout we had didn't look like much but was a standout with its contrasting bright and earthy flavours. If you don't mind the shabby hipster atmosphere, it's my first choice for small plates, especially with the reasonable prices. Wouldn't know how it compares to the Batali restaurants. Here's a previous thread:

    Atlantic Restaurant
    1597 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K1T9, CA

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    1. re: missmu

      Check out the menus at Lee, Nyood, Origin, Kultura.
      All are 'small plates' - my guess is Origin will be closest to the style you're seeking.

      169 King St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1J4, CA

      1096 Queen West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, CA

      1. re: estufarian

        I'd probably also put Buca on that list, while it's not strictly small plates neither are most of the Batali ones.

        604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

        1. re: estufarian

          Would definitely second Origin. Went on Friday for the first time. Great sampling of small plates. would recommend for breadth of choice. Sound level too high for my liking, but that seems to be the way these days - "high energy" is how it might be kindly described. Definitely worth it for the food, though.

      2. For Italian small plates look at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, Enoteca Sociale, or Osteria Ciceri e Tria (which is perhaps not quite a small plate restaurant). These are all small neighbourhood restaurants, so they're not really going to be like a wing of the Batali empire, but they may suit.

        You could probably cobble together a small-ish plate dinner at L'Unita or Mercatto, both of which are a bit more atmospherically slick than the aforementioned options.

        If you want a "celebrity chef" atmosphere, then Massimo Capra's Mistura or Sopra are your north of the border options.

        265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

        265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

        134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

        Enoteca Sociale
        1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        1. re: Rabbit

          I am liking Mercatto and Atlantic for the selections. We like rustic, warm, dark atmosphere.
          Which do you prefer?

          15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        2. Any new or notable to add to this list? Will be returning to TO in the next month.

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          1. re: itryalot

            Salt and Torito!

            276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

            1. re: itryalot

              Beast restaurant has a fine selection of $4 small plates from 5-7pm Wed-Fri. Awesome value and they have wine and drink specials too.

            2. 7 Numbers on the Danforth - Italian and a real cool vibe.

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              1. re: joe_roma

                I like 7 numbers just fine but it is NOT a small plates restaurant