A turn-of-the-20th-century textile factory has been transformed into a three-story Latin temple. On the ground floor is Baro, a 4,000-square-foot dining room decked with a rain forest’s worth of plants, Mexican-tile-topped tables, and elegant brass and marble accents. Here, modelesque influencers knock back $15 cocktails with names like Bermuda Triangle, a gin-based drink that goes down so easy you might just get lost after a few. Chef Steve Gonzalez isn’t afraid to blend traditional Latin recipes with foreign flavors. A ceviche, for instance, has a Japanese bent, combining ponzu-marinated hamachi with watermelon, shiso, and edamame. Upstairs is Pablo’s Snack House, a sepia-toned lounge serving a curtailed version of Baro’s menu in a chic ’70s setting. Tucked at the back of this upper level is Escobar, a speakeasy that cheekily requires an ever-changing password for entry.
Subway: St. Andrew, then streetcar 504 W to Spadina AvePhone 416/363-8388 Prices Brunch $8–$23; main courses $18–$38 Cuisine Type Latin American Web site Baro
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