What could be better than being greeted by an actual bull at the opening of a restaurant named Toro? I don’t know. Toro, meaning “bull” in Spanish and “tuna belly” in Japanese, sets the stage for specialties spiced with Pan Latin flair. Overlooking the 18th green of the celebrated TPC Stadium Course, the restaurant has a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of 111 types of rum, plus sugar cane spirits and Latin wines, live entertainment on weekends and Sunday brunch.The concept comes from the famed Richard Sandoval, who in his own right is such a character and let’s not forget his side kick Jack Miller. Together they make quite the team and a team that is headed towards success with this concept. As far as I know, there is nothing like Toro around town. The vast array of smooth rum, the live Latin music pulsing through the restaurant, the fantastic dishes, it all comes together to create a one of a kind experience.The suviche bar was full of fresh fish from the smooth Hamachi Tiradito with aguachile sauce, apple, onion and sriracha to the rainbow tropical roll with tuna, hamachi, salmon, avocado and mango-papaya salsa. When ordering, I suggest you try a few dishes off this part of the menu.The short rib flatbread with arugula, manchego cheese and horseradish cream thrilled our pallettes next. As did the corn empanadas and parmesan crusted sea scallops. I didn’t want to share the plate of empanadas, they were creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Filled with aji amarillo, mozzarella, cilantro and chimichurri. Perfect for the vegetarian but I will be ordering them every time I go there and I love meat. The scallops were hard to beat with those simple flavors of lemon butter and parmesan cheese and that tiny crisp from the bread crumbs, they were perfectly seared and disappeared quickly from our table.Not to be overlooked were the Spanish Ham Croquettes with Chinese mustard, emmenthal, chipotle and salsa criolla. Again, these had that perfect texture of a crisp outside that melted into the center where that ham and cheese were waiting for you. We nibbled on the local tomato salad full of watermelon, avocado, hearts of palm and the creamiest burrata topped with a chipotle dressing. I also saw the calamari, yuca fries and lamb anticucho skewers being devoured by another table. You can bet I’ll be checking those out next time.
Dessert my friends was beyond indulgent and perfect for me in every way!! It’s possible that it’s not on the menu yet but the Tres Leches chocolate cake was to.die.for. And that my friends is a wrap on the new Toro Restaurant. You could also opt for the pumpkin donuts, oh my! We’ll be heading back soon and we suggest you do too. This will be the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, for a family brunch or a fun night of salsa dancing with friends.
17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255