The Market District’s Spanish tapas restaurant, Barsa Taberna, is undergoing a big switch as chef Chris McDonald has recently joined the team as consulting chef.
The 13 months-old restaurant opened in a heritage building across the street to the St. Lawrence Market with Chef Michael G. Smith. Initially there was much buzz about the restaurant’s launch menu, a mix of hot and cold dishes that loosely played on the theme of Spanish tapas. Smith’s menu was heavily influenced by global cooking and ingredients: dishes like rack of lamb with pomegranate glaze, grilled octopus with chana masala. He also featured a rotating paella special with variations on the classic Valencian rice dish. Recently, Smith handed in his notice and is soon to depart Barsa, so owner Aras Azadian turned to ex-Cava chef Chris McDonald for assistance.