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Grant van Gameren’s Bar Isabel is Already One of Toronto’s Best Restaurants

The intimate dining room at Bar Isabel (photo: Ian Lefebvre)

The intimate dining room at Bar Isabel (photo: Ian Lefebvre)

For most foodies, the title of Toronto’s most hotly anticipated 2013 restaurant opening was long ago bestowed on Bar Isabel. Why, you ask? It’s the brainchild of Grant van Gameren, whose virtuoso work with cured meats and offal at The Black Hoof marked him as one of the city’s most exciting young chefs. His reputation drew immediate crowds to his cozy new space; the spread of Mediterranean-inspired tapas dishes—executed by van Gameren and fellow Black Hoof alumnus Brandon Olsen—is what keeps those diners coming back. Among the meat- and seafood-focused menu’s must haves? Spanish blood sausage, salt-cod arancini, and if you’re with a group, the whole grilled octopus and potatoes.  —Craig Moy

• Bar Isabel, 797 College St., 416-532-2222; barisabel.com
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