26 MARKET STREET. TORONTO, CANADA
Bright, artsy Spanish eatery with a terrace serving worldly-inspired tapas & pitchers of sangria.Read More
At Barsa Taberna art is not optional. It is our salt and pepper, our second language! We think Gaudi, dare Dali and play Picasso.Read More
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Is an Artsy and intimate GlobalTapas restaurant situated in the heart of the old town Toronto across from the St. Lawrence Market.
Barsa offers a diverse range of inventive and electrifying Tapas from around the world complemented with its exclusive wine list and cherished Sangria selections. Barsa's food philosophy is an evolution of traditional Spanish tapas to a modern and diverse offering that features flavors and techniques from a range of different cultures and cuisines. The influence of Barcelona is the leading inspiration in our concept and design, where hints of Picasso and Gaudi’s references are portrayed. Our concept is derived from the distinctive atmosphere, art, cuisine and culture of Barcelona as we thrive to create a vibrant, upscale yet casual experience for our patrons.
Barsa's food philosophy of modern tapas is an evolution of the traditional Spanish to a diverse and worldly one that features flavors and techniques from a range of different cultures and cuisines.The influence of Barcelona is the leading inspiration in our concept and design, where hints of Picasso and Gaudi’s references are portrayed. Our concept is derived from the distinctive atmosphere, art, cuisine and culture of Barcelona as we thrive to create a vibrant, upscale yet casual experience for our patrons.
The building Barsa is housed in is a Toronto heritage protected building that’s been restored but preserved as masonry work and wooden beams of that era are still in place. The building has had many uses in its rich history including being the stable for the RCMP horses, vintage wine cellar for the LCBO and a historic hotel of the Old York.
Barsa Taberna is designed by award winning John Tong at Tong Tong, and is a reflection of the assimilation of the City and culture of Barcelona and Toronto. Nearly every aspect of the Barsa Taberna design has an inspiration, a story and is unique to only Barsa Taberna. The floors are inspired by the beautiful mosaics’ that are featured all through Spain, specifically in the Palace Al Cazar in Sevilla (Southern Spain). The abstract and unique stools were a reflection of both the beams of the heritage building Barsa is housed in but also derived from the style of artists such as Salvador Dali.
The feature wall which is made up of hand cut wine bottles is designed to reflect the mosaic style of architecture by the legendary Antonio Gaudi. The back wall feature light painting “the revenge of the bulls” again hints at Spanish culture and is inspired by the work and style of Pablo Picasso. The feature lights above the bar are designed to reflect bullhorns and are topped with the other half of some of the wine bottles.