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Since opening in 2015 in Little Italy, Bar Raval has learned to roll with the punches. “I think the whole game is to let people do what they want; they deserve it,” says co-owner Robin Goodfellow.

The bustling corner restaurant was originally conceived to be a café in the morning and transition to offering a lunch menu, dinner fare and cocktails into the evening. “And then it just kind of turned into opening at 8 am and people just showing up all the time,” Robin says.

With the restaurant’s near-instant success, customers were filing in with barely any lulls, even ordering cocktails right at 11 am. The game plan went out the window and Raval decided to go for a full food menu all day, 8 am to 2 am. “No breakfast, no lunch, no dinner, it’s the full thing all day,” says Robin. “The joke between me and my partners, the chefs, and some of the front of house staff here is that since we’re open three times a day, we’ve actually been open three years.”

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    Go for the tapas, stay for the ambience (and cocktails!)

    Great ambience, gorgeous decor and killer cocktails. Sit at the bar and talk to the very knowledgeable bartenders. You'll learn a lot and they'll be your guide to the best drinks and tapas on the menu (because it all sounds so good you won't be able to choose).

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    Best late night drinks and bar snacks in Toronto

    Best late night drinks and bar snacks in Toronto

    One of the hippest spots in Toronto, Bar Raval is also of the most beautiful bars in the city. The focus is on Spanish pinxtos, which is found on the food menu and the cocktail menu reflects the same Spanish flare. Bar Raval is open until 2 am every night of the week.

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    Top 10 dishes of 2015

    Top 10 dishes of 2015

    Sobrassada: If you think this is all meat, you'd be dead wrong. It's 75 per cent pork fat that cured in-house for at least two months, creating an original spread like a slightly spicy sausage sans the casing. Mark my words, this is the kind of influential food that will in time trickle down and appear on menu openers everywhere.

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    Best restaurants for late night eats in Toronto

    Best restaurants for late night eats in Toronto

    One of the top bars in Toronto, Bar Raval is also open late seven days a week. Located in Little Italy, the menu is packed with Grant Van Gameron’s small plates that include his style of cured charcuterie, preserves and more.

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