Bar Raval – Little Italy, TO

Bar Raval
Little Italy, Toronto
http://www.thisisbarraval.com/

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I am a fan of Bar Raval. I went once before this for a drink and ended up ordering the foie gras pintxos, on the back of that I knew I needed to come back to try more.

I went with an appetite to make sure I could try as many things as humanly possible, unfortunately 5 plates and a dessert was all I could muster. We ordered the shrimp & scallop ajo blanco, chorizo con papas fritas, smoked mackerel, croquetas and the foie gras, cherry & PX sherry vinegar.

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Out first was the ajo blanco, it was delicious, the scallops and shrimp were great, the texture and presentation of the dish was on point however the soup was missing a final piece, the chili’s were good but it was fleeting and scarce, had there been a few more the dish would have been perfect

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The smoked mackerel was next, I’d had it recommended to be me and was a little unsure what to expect. One bite in and any doubt or preconceptions I had were gone. The mackerel was smoked perfectly, it had enough smoke to give flavour but not overpower, the oil was flavourful and the texture was simply divine.

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The next dishes out were the croquetas and the chorizo. The croquetas were piping hot and crisp while containing inside a creamy and salty filling that rivaled some of the best I’ve had; truly a next level croquette.

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The chorizo was just a good but it was more a simple wholesome dish, simple flavours paired and executed well to leave you with a satisfying dish.

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Last of the mains were the foie gras pintxos; the whole reason I’d gone back, and once again the reason I be going back. Completely on point and amazing; the foie gras seared to perfection, subtly salted and placed on top of toasted bread that has just the right amount of cherry and PX sherry vinegar. A classic dish that was flawless in every way.

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Before leaving I ordered a piece of their cheesecake, I’d seen it on the way to another table and it looked like everything I could ever want in a cheesecake. When it arrived it did not disappoint, a creamy, light filling with a nice darkened exterior, the only thing missing was a slightly tart raspberry coulis to complete it.

Bar Raval is somewhere I’d keep going for two reasons, foie and gras.

 

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