What’s on offer?
A generous range of Latin American fare – the handiwork of acclaimed Mexican chef Richard Sandoval. Expect dishes including ceviche starters, delightful cachapas de Carabobo (cheesy pancakes, for want of a better description), wholesome red beans, as well as prime cuts of beef, succulent lamb chops and tasty chicken served churassco-style to your table.
The venue itself is adorned in dark hues, embellished with high-backed chairs, long dining tables and (just for good measure) the occasional animal hide.
What sort of crowd turns out?
The aforementioned long dining tables make Toro Toro popular with big groups celebrating an occasion. Furthermore, the à la carte style of the brunch makes it all the more sociable, since guests aren’t always coming and going to and from the buffet. As well as big parties, there are quieter corners for smaller groups, couples and families.
Room for improvement?
The mixed drinks tasted as though they had been sat in the jugs for too long, since they were a tad watery. Also, while the low-key atmosphere was nice, it wouldn’t hurt to turn up the background music a notch – especially as the brunch wears on – to liven up the atmosphere. Truth be told, it felt rather subdued.
Everything was good, but there is no one dish that lingered on the palate. If we had to pick, it’d be the grilled meats or the cachapas de carabobo (corn pancakes with cheese).
In one sentence…
A brunch suited to a classy birthday gathering and those who prefer long lunches over the traditional buffet.
Dhs300 including soft drinks, Dhs400 with selected house beverages and mixed drinks. 12.30pm-4pm. Grosvenor House, Tower 2, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).