While Yashy and I are not shy about taking the kids to a nice restaurant, on many occasions, we are eager to have a night to ourselves. Following a recent Travel Massive meet-up near St. Lawrence Market, we seized the opportunity to discover a new restaurant. Naturally, we conducted some quick research at the meet-up, and the place that we found most intriguing was named Barsa Taberna, which had some solid online reviews and was described as a “bright, artsy Spanish eatery serving Barcelona-inspired tapas”, exactly the type of place we sought. This spot is by far one of Toronto’s coziest restaurants!
Before or after a performance at The Sony Centre check out Barsa Taberna for a tasty tapas meal. It can be found just down the street from the Sony Centre for Performing Arts – think Spanish, relaxed and delicious. Be sure to grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Sony Centre for Performing Arts ticket before or after your show! A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy flowing!
I have lived in the city for almost two years and I have loved exploring it by way of tasting my way around. I have been to a lot of restaurants of all genres now, but I have to say that Barsa Taberna is my favourite.
Barsa Taberna celebrates their 3rd year anniversary with the launch of their new summer menu, that features seasonal ingredients with a light and refreshing flare that is perfect for the warmer weather. The kitchen is headed by Chef Andres Salomon, who brings a more contemporary approach to Spanish food, alongside influences from our city of Toronto and his Chilean roots.
Barsa Taberna is an intimate Spanish tapas and sangria bar in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. This past summer, the restaurant celebrated its three year anniversary and with that, they introduced a new summer menu to honour the occasion.
Name: Barsa Taberna
Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence Market
Contact Info: 26 Market St., 647-341-3642, @BarsaTaberna, barsataberna.com
Owner: Aras Azadian
Chef: Michael Smith, formerly the chef de cuisine at C5 in the ROM
The Food: At heart a tapas restaurant, Barsa’s menu is divided into “cold,” “hot” and “fried” dishes, while several larger plates are also available for diners who prefer not to share. Spanish staples like patatas bravas (i.e. fried potatoes with aioli) complement some of chef Michael Smith’s own, not-strictly-Spanish creations, like grilled octopus with Indian-spiced chickpea stew, or a Korean-style torta stuffed with kimchi.
The Drinks: Barsa’s signature sangria includes a unique blend of liquors, syrups and house-macerated fruits.
The Place: The 170-year-old heritage building is a part of the Market Street revitalization, which has brought a raft of new restaurants to the western side of St. Lawrence Market. Barsa’s interior takes a cue from Gaudi and Picasso’s Barcelona: the grotto-style dining room has a slightly subterranean feel, with original stone brickwork and heavy wooden beams overhead, and a kaleidoscopic mosaic wall contains fragments from 1400 variously tinted wine bottles. The 75-seat patio will be opening early this summer.
Not even Nostradamus could have predicted that one of the most exciting local dining experiences today could be had in the converted stables of an RCMP Division. Part of a massive, pedestrian-friendly, historic St Lawrence Market area transformation sits Market Street’s new Barsa Taberna, among other new eateries.