The Energy of the Running Bulls
Don’t get us wrong: the food at Toronto’s brand-new Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant Barsa Taberna is to die for. But diners may find it challenging to focus on their taste buds while surrounded by the eatery’s mind-tickling décor. It’s said that a restaurant should introduce a multi-sensory experience to its guests — and +tongtong, the multidisciplinary studio commissioned to design Barsa Taberna, took that truth to heart by putting together the culturally injected space.
It’s all very unexpected, beginning with the restaurant’s mostly subterranean location. Despite being underground, there’s enough illumination to play off the Barcelona-inspired décor, which fools around with the city’s signature hues of blue, yellow and red. Old-timey, rustic brick and wood fuse with ultra-mod and architecturally charged pieces of furniture that might have guests wondering if they’re seated on an artist’s work-in-progress. It’s a heart-thumping, eye-popping scene that indulges the senses with rich textures that perhaps aren’t seen in the everyday. From the architecture to the art, Barsa Taberna, the latest masterpiece by Toronto-based +tongtong, chases the culinary experience awake like Barcelona’s running bulls.