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Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel

Photo: John Cullen

Bar Isabel only feels like it’s been inhabiting this same moody Spanish tavern on College Street for 75 years. But chef Grant van Gameren fills the bellies of itinerant paisanos with Castilian country cooking that is very much of-the-moment: The mojama – slices of cured tuna topped with blood orange and Marcona almonds – is what you’d expect if jamón and gravlax had a baby. Sit down to a whole grilled octopus and marvel at how the vaulted ceiling, sexy green-and-orange lighting and colourful Spanish floor tiling create Isabel’s moody, furtive atmosphere.

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