We were at Toro for restaurant week and looking forward to some solid tapas for lunch. Although we have been to Toro for brunch and dinner, now we have staked our claim on lunch (BMH’s visit to Toro and Toro revisited).
For Restaurant Week lunch two people can choose 4 tapas, one pinchos and one dessert each for $22.12. The patio and interior was completely full and thank goodness for our reservation. Our meal was 2 hours and was well paced to catch up and enjoy the afternoon.
The Pan con Tomate had nicely toasted bread with tomato, the right bite of garlic, Spanish olive oil and the perfect level sea salt . We wish we had another portion.
The hierloom tomatoes with fried onions and green goddess dressing were refreshing and nicely seasoned. The dressing was smooth and creamy and went well with the sweetness and acidity of the multi hued tomatoes.
The Tuna Conserva was a slice of toasted bread with Spanish tuna belly, tomato tapenade and celery leaves. The tuna bella was oily and well seasoned, but nothing special.
The roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade is still a favorite. As children, the few times our mother attempted to make pho, she would use bone marrow in the soup base. The creamy, gelatinous marrow went well with the sweet oxtail marmalade. The radish slices and slices of citrus cut the richness of the marrow.
The Mejillones, warm marinated mussels with basque cider (excluding the chorizo) were nicely prepared, tasty, but we have had better mussels and broth elsewhere.
We had to have our obligatory Toro Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija La Especialidad de la Casa. The grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese was nicely balanced, grilled and decadent. The cotija cheese on top of the corn with a tangy zing of lime was a real treat.
For dessert, we had sampling of one Churro con Chocolate and two slices of Manchego con Membrillo (jelly). The desserts were okay. The churros wasn’t freshly hot, but still went well with the chocolate.
After catching up on a friend’s South American adventures in Uruguay, Argentina and Peru, we were unveiled a lovely gift of Havanna alfajores.
The Argentinian Havanna brand of dulce de leche short bread cookies are an absolute favorite. They are so amazing. Happy like a love song (Haha had to plug Love You Like a Love Song. Just can not believe its Selena Gomez. Please don’t judge!)