We’ve enjoyed a number of delicious dinners at Bar Isabel, and it’s played host to a few of our staff dinners, so when we heard that Chef Grant van Gameron was opening a new bar/restaurant, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store.
This “standing room only” Spanish pinxtos bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A pincho or pintxo is a small snack,typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and is especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives; thus, they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country and Navarre they are usually regarded as a cornerstone of local culture and society. They are related to tapas, the main difference being that pinchos are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. They are served in individual portions and always ordered and paid for independently from the drinks.
Stepping inside Bar Raval, the first thing you notice is the décor. The sprawling custom mahogany woodwork interiors were designed by our friends at Partisans. Nearly everything is custom, right down to the espresso drip tray which is adorned with a Wu-Tang logo.
Order the King of Ginger cocktail and start with some sobrassada, bread and manchego.
We love seeing independent business owners taking risks and bringing new experiences to Toronto, so we welcome Bar Raval with open arms.
Photo credit: Bar Raval on Instagram.
505 College Street West