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King West’s Valdez Serves Up Latin Spice

The bar at Valdez

The bar at Valdez

Add another flavour to the diverse list of restaurants on the increasingly cosmopolitan and already very fashionable King West strip. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Italian Buca, pan-Asian Lee and Euro beer hall Wvrst, chef-owner Steve Gonzalez’s Valdez serves up modish Latin American street fare in a boisterous, colourfully industrial dining room—or on the rooftop patio, if you’re lucky enough to grab a seat. In keeping with current trends, the menu divides its attention between toothsome mains and smaller shareable dishes. Where to start? A flight of Gonzalez’s ceviches gives your table something to talk about, then move on to fajitas, fried rice and duck confit chaufa, and whole steamed branzino.  —Craig Moy

• Valdez, 606 King St. W., 416-363-8388; valdezrestaurant.com
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