Eat: Bar Buca (King/Portland)

Having been to Buca (read here) and knowing how impeccable their food is (with the exception Jamie’s Italian Kitchen, read here), I figured it would be nice to bring a friend visiting Toronto from Melbourne to Bar Buca on King West and Portland.

Unlike its older sister Buca, Bar Buca is more of an Italian-style snack bar, where dishes are meant to be shared. Funnily, while my friend was browsing the menu, he noted how cheap steak here is compared to back home. Well, I didn’t tell him that this was tapas style so we’re not getting a 16oz steak, nor did I tell him I found really cheap steak in Melbourne haha.

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Tagliata di Manzo ($16) – flat iron steak with salmoriglio

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Ammazza Fegato ($14) – tuscan offal sausage, peperonata

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Porro Selvatico ($12) – grilled ramps, prosciutto, pesto trapanese, marcona almond

Food was amazingly good. We didn’t make any reservation, which was not a problem as the restaurant was relatively empty until about 7:00pm.

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Edit: Revisited Bar Buca for pre-dinner drinks to try out their Aperitivi session, which is available daily from 4pm to 7pm. For $10 per person, you can choose a drink and a choice of small bites.

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Spritz all’uva – prosecco, coronation grape liquor and grapefruit
▫️ Salume del Giorno (hand cut daily salume was mortadella, but will vary.)
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Nodini – garlic and rosemary bread knots. They looked like button mushrooms, but these bread knots were so good!
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Stracchino – preserved hen of the woods mushrooms

Bar Buca
75 Portland St.
Toronto, ON
M5V 2M9

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