In Argentinean, bacan is a slang term which means a person who likes to eat and live well. It’s also the name of a new restaurant bringing vibrant Argentinean cuisine to Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village. Bacan is a family-owned restaurant from the team behind the Queen Arepa food truck, which serves Venezuelan arepas and cachapas.

Specializing in traditional cooking methods such as rescoldo (cooking vegetables in hot embers or ashes), charqui (a preserving method used to dry out meat) and using a konro grill, Bacan focuses on creating simple dishes with big flavour. The menu features a selection of sharable, hot and cold dishes, such as cured mature salmon and rescoldo beets ($15.50) and Picaña ($18), along with dessert and weekend-brunch options.

The front windows of the restaurant open to the street and, combined with the open-concept kitchen and bar, lend an airy and upfront vibe.

369 Roncesvalles Avenue

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