Bodega

in Gastown & Chinatown

One of several tasty dining options that have colonized this once-sketchy Main St stretch in recent years, this Spanish charmer is a sumptuous room of bordello-red seats and paintings evoking the old country. Expect a richly diverse menu of lovely tapas favorites such as meatballs, spicy sausages and the utterly unmissable smoked sardines with fig jam on toast.

You'll also find one of the area's best happy hours (3pm to 6pm) with 10 or so discounted dishes typically available. And if you're a paella fan, there are three eye-rollingly delicious feast-like options available here (they need 30 minutes' preparation time, though).