#92 Torito Tapas Bar

Torito Tapas Bar

In a crowded tapas market Torito shines less bright than previously, although it’s much more comfy now: Half the picnic style tables have been replaced with marble tables and chairs with backs! Standouts are the albondigas — tender lamb meatballs with mint salsa and rich tomato sauce, and rossejat — sweet squid ink pasta served in a paella pan with fat shrimps. Plus piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with juicy braised oxtail on a bed of barely sweet vanilla-scented corn puree. Fab! And they now take reservations, oh joy.

  • Torito Tapas Bar
  • 276 Augusta Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-961-7373
  • www.toritorestaurant.com

  • Chef: Luis Valenzuela
  • Sous Chef: Jorge Velarosa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Cost of dinner for two: $45
  • Hours: Tues. to Wed. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thurs. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 20+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20 (free on Sun.)
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can book entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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