For those unfamiliar, the main reason to visit Little Italy is for the Italian food. But that’s not all this lively neighbourhood has to offer. Over the years new immigrants have arrived, adding more international restaurants and shops. Here are 3 places you should visit next time you’re in town:
Dailo is a warm and elegant restaurant with sophisticated decor and intelligent service. Murals of birds and cherry blossoms give this place a vintage teahouse vibe, with east-meets-west hybrid dishes that have been described as “Asian with a French accent”.
Hot towels are brought to you upon arrival, creating a comfortable and welcoming feeling. The menu is split up into ‘single’, small’ and ‘large’ plates, allowing you to eat according to your own appetite no matter when you choose to stop by.
Originally started as a travelling pop-up restaurant, La Carnita offers its own interpretation of Mexican street food, with hints of Asian accents. The supremely fun, friendly service and evocation of street culture has captured the city’s young, urban, creative professional set.
Uniting the talents of Andrew Richmond, a designer turned chef, and entrepreneur Amin Todai, La Carnita nails not only the service, price-point and atmosphere, but also the food. Their simple yet outstanding dishes get a ton of attention around town and on social media.
When head chef, Grant van Gameren, promised to make Bar Raval “as much an art piece as a restaurant”, he certainly delivered. Decorated with oiled mahogany millwork, Bar Raval’s unique aesthetic appeal inspires awe among its patrons.
Bar Raval is a bar and a kitchen, with over 50 finger foods either speared on toothpicks or on great bread. Moderately priced beer and a short but inviting wine list make Bar Raval the perfect place to stop by for a quick snack with your friends.