Since I recently hit up Tasty N' Sons I decided it was about time I finally try the much talked about Toro Bravo. What took me so long? So on Sunday night I ventured over to the east side, in tow with an adorable date.
The wait was 45 minutes . . . this I knew to expect, but decided not to share with my Toro Bravo accomplice, in fear he may suggest going elsewhere. We went upstairs to Secret Society for a drink and appetizer. What I won't recommend is Secret Societies pickled deviled eggs (they taste like pickles dipped in mayonnaise--who pickles an egg anyways??).
Before we knew it the phone was ringing and I was running down the stairs for Toro!
They sat us, in what I think is always the best seat in the house, at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. There is something intimate and wondrous about sitting where you can see the chefs and sous chefs busy at work. It must be the smell of the dishes and heat from the ovens and stove tops. It's almost like you are a part of the cooking experience.
Toro Bravo's menu is extensive and as a first timer I have to say I was quite overwhelmed, even though I had looked up their menu countless times before arrival. How does anyone make a decision when everything sounds so intriguing?
We decided on the . . .
Orange Salad; blood oranges drizzled with olive oil and topped with an olive tapenade.
Potatoes Bravos; diced potatoes fried and smothered in a rich tomato sauce and topped with a creamy aioli.
Chicken and Clam Cataplana; baked chicken in a tomato sauce with steamed clams and chunks of jamon.
Ham Cocito; thick slices of ham, house made hotlinks, with a chickpea, onion and carrot stew.
Over all I was very pleased with Toro Bravo. Our order was a tad on the rich side, so next time I would mix it up, getting more greens involved and definitely add the polenta and dessert . . .
**Pardon the pictures, I was working with candlelight and one photography lesson on aperture.