Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tapas at Toro

La Especialidad de la Casa. Grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese

Over Restaurant Week, Antonio & I took our friends out to the South End to enjoy some Tapas at Toro. With a lovely oak-stained wooden interior, Toro exudes an old-world, traditional Spanish vibe that seeps through into the modern world by way of Beatles' music & its eclectic customers out for a mid-day brunch. It's a small space but open & airy enough that you could spend hours in there (and, in fact, we ended up doing so).

As to be expect from a Spanish restaurant, garlic is a favorite and prominent ingredient in most dishes. I thought it pair great with their Spanish-style Bruschetta. Many of the items were moderately priced for the amount you got & while simplistic in ingredients, everything was fresh & worked great together.

Oh yeah, and they are very accommodating to vegans as well. I ended up not opting into the Restaurant Week menu, but I think it turned out to be a better deal anyway since my portions were a bit bigger. If you are coming here for an afternoon lunch or evening dinner, since it is quite small, be prepared to put up with some slow service. We didn't really mind, but it's not the type of place you can sit down for a quick meal.

Here are some of the pictures from my meal (the top picture is obviously not vegan, but I had to include it because its a great picture & their house special; the last dish is amazing):

Marinated olives in bay leaf, lemon and spices

Fried potatoes with alioli and spicy tomato sauce

Marinated wood roasted eggplant, onions, peppers, and tomatoes with sherry vinegar and olive oil

Toro $$$
1704 Washington St.
Boston, MA


  1. remember when we went to that spanish place in claremont for my birthday? I munched hard on some fried potatos w/ spicy tomato sauce