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“Salt is not worth its salt” 1 of 5 stars
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Salt
225 Ossington, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #404 of 6,550 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Tapas
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Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dundas street
Vancouver, Canada
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“Salt is not worth its salt”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Salt is overhyped, under staffed, over priced, poorly executed small,nay miniscule dishes of quite ordinary food pretending to be tapas, to justify the high price for small bites. The half teaspon of olive tapenade with some corn crackers offered for 5 people at our table as the amuse bouche did not amuse. Their Tuesday taco night gives tacos a bad name. Tasteless shredded lamb with a dollop of sour cream, generously battered but skinny fingers of grouper, and teaspoons of pulled pork all in plain corn tacos, don't make a tacqueria. Spicy calamari are neither grilled nor fried, but more like boiled with chick peas and some mention of chorizo which is MIA. All the portions are "tapas" sized meaning one or two bites, and all of these in a charming setting, but taking an hour and half to come out of the kitchen, with promises every fifteen minutes that the food is on its way. We entertain ourselves watching peoples faces and their looks of incedulity as they see the size of the portions put in front of them. We all left hungry, tired and cranky. If the food is amazing you can tolerate poor service, and if the service is amazing, you can handle ordinary food, but skimpy portions of ordinary food combined with really poor service is not a formula for success, I don't care how much wine you drink. Save your money and even more, save your time and head down Ossington, where you will find other venues.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Nice food, nice wine, nice atmosphere, bit too expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Had a nice time here taking a friend for a birthday dinner, we had tried Grand Electric but the line-up starts 30 minutes before the place open, so off we went in search of some other place we hadn't tried. Ended up at Salt.
It's not clear that it's Tapas from the outside (unless we were too hungry to notice), it was pretty empty when we showed up at 7pm, never a good sign right? But it' worth a try, it has a nice atmosphere, and the staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was nice, no complaints, but when its a small plate and it costs between $12 and $18 it's hard not to put on a comparing head - like comparing it to other Tapa's - like Pintxo in Montreal and Cava at Yonge and St Clair. Not in their league - but those are amazing. So just slightly disappointed, but we did have a nice time.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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São Paulo
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“Nice Tapas with good ingredients”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We went to Salt in a group of four to experience Tapas and were positively surprised to find a good selection of very well prepared alternatives in a stylish setting. The Pata Negra was a particularly nice surprise, as was the super-tender and tasty octopus. Servings tend to be larger than in Spain, so it's a good idea not to go overboard in your initial order.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Better Tapas Than We Had In Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

A friend's birthday landed us at this apparently up and coming spot. Seemed like a little out of the way neighbourhood for mainstream restaurants but came recommend by birthday boy himself so off we went.

Initial look at the menu seemed a little limited but featured lobster, scallops and beef so not much concern about finding something to eat:)

A group of four went and I would recommend this for a group of at least 3-4 people. Portions are perfect for splitting among two couples as most portions come in 3-4 easily divided portions and allow for a wider range of dining options.

We managed to pack away the scallops, crispy duck, fries, risotto, pulled pork, lobster bisque, croquettes of Iberico ham and a cheese that escapes me, sardines, goat cheese crostinis. Finished up with cinnamon sugar churros, passion fruit creme brulee and peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake.

I found all the food to be fantastic and was paired very nicely with a bottle of Portugese wine. I enjoyed everything though found the ice cream cake a little rich for my personal taste (didn't seem to cause me any problems with the lobster bisque though :)).

Overall it was a very pleasant experience with attentive wait staff (to be fair there were only 4 or 5 table occupied during any point of our visit - it was a Monday). The waiter was knowledgeable of the wine list and foods and offered solid opinions.

I little steep for a meal that would leave some unsatiated but a perfect size meal for most at the table. Wine list appeared fairly solid but not a personal area of great expertise.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Best Tapas in Toronto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

It feels as if you are seating in a wine cellar.Lots of bustle.Paulo da Silva, the owner checks to make sure everyone is happy and assists with the wine selection.David is great.Make reservation early.The restaurant is full every night.LOve the food and the Portuguese wine.There is a choice of other wines too.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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