Madrina, Toronto

Studio Munge, Toronto

Photography: Maxime Brouillet

Restauranteurs Mathew Rosenblatt and John Berman have brought a new Spanish culinary destination to Toronto’s Historic Distillery District, and with it a veritable spice rack of Catalan inspirations. Various shades of amber, cinnamon, and terracotta create a strong first impression, even before the eyes settle on layered mahogany arches that frame the 37-foot bar and expose the open kitchen. Among the memorable touches are handmade fluted terracotta tiles fronting the bar; chain sculpted lights; and a terraza framed by custom laser cut metal banquettes. While the smooth curvatures of Spanish architecture are everywhere, so too are contemporary artifacts peppered throughout the space, such as terracotta pottery by artist Eny Parker Lee; and minimalist abstract paintings by Mattea Perrotta line heritage walls composed of century old stone in a nice contrast.