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Barsa Taberna Expands its Spanish Menu

STYLISH BARSA TABERNA HAS UPDATED ITS MENU TO HIGHLIGHT A BROADER SWATH OF SPANISH FLAVOURS

Barsa Taberna Toronto New Menu Paella Sangria

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When it opened on Market Street in the summer of 2014, Barsa Taberna drew favour for its intimate ambience, grotto-chic design, flavourful sangrias and cosmopolitan menu of pintxos and tapas-style offerings. On the heels of its first anniversary, however, the time appeared ripe for the restaurant to undergo and evolutionary leap. And so owner Aras Azadian brought on Chris McDonald to refresh Barsa’s menu. Formerly chef and owner of Cava, long credited as one of Toronto’s top Spanish restaurants, McDonald’s consulting stint has resulted in an expanded selection of dishes—small plates, still, but also larger mains—that balance traditional and contemporary techniques while drawing inspiration from the swath of Spain’s varied culinary regions. Executed by chef Guillermo Herbertson and his team, the updated options include the likes of scallops with cuttlefish stew and chorizo, a kale salad with quince paste, beets and marcona almonds, and a rustic paella “del campo” with rabbit, snails and leeks.  —Craig Moy

• Barsa Taberna, 26 Market St., 647-341-3642; barsataberna.com
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