Thursday, March 20, 2008

Toro Bravo-Restaurant Review

The Restaurant
Fried Goat's Cheese
Brussels Sprouts
Ice Cream with Espresso
Toro Bravo-Restaurant Review

I finally got into the new tapas restaurant, Toro Bravo, and thought it deserved a write up. Toro Bravo is located at 120 NE Russell Street, in Portland. It has a nice casual atmosphere and while being an open restaurant, they have mixed up their seating to make you feel more cozy and intimate. What I love is that the kitchen is open so you can see them preparing the meals and check out everyone’s food as it gets prepared.
They have a nice menu selection that is broken up into different sections: Pinchos, Tapas, Paellas, and Desserts. Pinchos are small plates which include pickled vegetables, crostini with butter, chicken liver pate, among other items. The Small plates are the largest part of the menu which includes a huge variety of delicatessen from pork, to chicken, duck and veggies and much more. The paella looked absolutely delicious, but the servings were pretty large, so if you get that you really wouldn’t have room for all the other yummy selections. The dessert menu was limited but everything looked good.
I went with two of my friends and we ended up getting 8 different items, my favorites were the fried goat’s cheese, the duck pate, and also their Brussels sprouts. We also split dessert and chose the vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso, simple but really delicious. For drinks they have an excellent wine list, they offer sangria by the glass or pitcher, a few beers and a limited but enticing cocktail menu…oh, did I mention that they make their own Limoncello too?
The overall experience was really nice and the food was good. You get your food as it is ready, so sit back relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the restaurant while you are eating. One thing that is necessary is to get there early. The first time I tried to go there was a weeknight at about 6:30pm and the wait was 2 hours! We got there at 5:00pm this time (which is when they open) and the place was full by 5:30pm, so get ready to wait a bit if you can’t make it there early.

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