Time Out Says
The most impressive element is the private dining room, which is still dark, moody and elegant. In contrast, the main dining room is brighter, with lots of interesting lighting fixtures.
It all looks slick and upmarket, but as well as the “new look”, there’s also a fresh new menu from the kitchen.
Dishes at the restaurant from famous chef Richard Sandoval (who’s also behind Zengo and Maya, both at Le Royal Méridien just down the road from Toro Toro) come from South American countries including Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia.
The majority of the food is served on small plates. There’s a large selection of ceviches and tacos as well as plenty of hot and cold tapas-style dishes.
The wild mushroom coca flatbread has small shreds of goat’s cheese on top as well as a whole lot of rocket – and it’s topped with just enough truffle oil to add to the earthy flavour of the fried mushrooms without drowning them out.
Toston de papa makes for an interesting side, with slow-cooked mini potatoes served whole, coated in chimichurri and Parmesan. It’s carb-heavy, but we make a good go of it nonetheless.
The highlight is the short rib, which comes with tortillas, as well as pickled onions, grilled pineapple and sauces. It’s like a mini construct-your-own taco.
It takes a while to arrive, but the staff are quick to correct the mistake and keep the friendly chat coming throughout.
Another highlight is the cornbread, which is buried at the left side of the menu and is easy to miss. But make sure you order a portion, because at Dhs15 for a miniature pan full of the stuff, it’s an excellent accompaniment to the South American flavours.
With a slick look and some interesting new dishes, Toro Toro’s elegant revamp has definitely been for the better.
WHAT IS IT...
Revamped Latino restaurant
The short rib and moody interiors
By Time Out Dubai staff | 19 Dec 2018
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