Brunch at Toro Toro

Latino party brunch with a 3pm start time

Brunch at Toro Toro
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Sometimes, Despite all best intentions, getting to a brunch with a kick-off time of noon can prove problematic.

Maybe you want to laze by the pool for a couple of hours, perhaps you want to burn off those calories you’re about to consume with a morning HIIT class. Or possibly you just can’t drag your tired selves from slumber. Whichever way it is, once all that’s passed you may well be ready and raring for brunch. Which is where Toro Toro comes in.

This Latino spot in Dubai Marina from celebrity chef Richard Sandoval hosts a late-afternoon Friday fiesta that starts at the very sociable hour of 3pm.

It’s one of several brunches that favours the different prices for men and women, with ladies getting the better deal at Dhs333. But gents, yours comes in at Dhs433, which isn’t the best value brunch you’re going to find in this city, be warned.

The Latin venue underwent a makeover last year so the two-storey restaurant and bar is cooler, slicker and more modern than it was before.

And on a Friday afternoon it’s heaving with brunchers.

The downstairs area is totally packed out, mainly with groups celebrating special occasions. It’s loud, it’s vibrant and it’s fun. There are no confetti cannons and the like, though, it’s more a grown-up party brunch.

The vibe is excellent, but unfortunately the food doesn’t quite match up, especially considering the less-than-bargain- brunch price tag.

There are a range of starters including a smoky guacamole with tortilla chips, ceviche, a kale salad and empanadas. It’s all tasty enough, but nothing special. A truffly mushroom flatbread is the highlight, being indulgent yet not overly heavy.

A trolley of mixed drinks and shorts does the rounds, with staff making drinks tableside. There’s not a great selection of grape, so Mexican drinks are a focus.

Main courses are meaty – as you’d expect from the name and the massive brass bull statue proudly positioned outside – and there’s a steak and chicken with rice on the menu. It’s once again underwhelming.

After brunch you’re handed a voucher for a drink upstairs at the bar, to continue the party.

If you heading to this brunch for the food and drinks choices, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a fun Friday brunch with a lively atmosphere, a late start and excellent service, you’ll be happy enough, though we’re still not sure it justifies the chunky price tag.
Dhs333 (ladies, house beverages), Dhs433 (men, house beverages). Fri 3pm-6pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

WHAT IS IT...
Latino party brunch with a 3pm start time

WHY GO...
For the lively vibe and swift service

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