Toro Bangkok is home to Bangkok’s Spanish fare. The tapas-fuelled haunt, broadly speaking, has made a huge impression on Spanish cuisine among Bangkok city dwellers.
Created by the James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant, first touched down in Boston and – thanks to its delectably modern take on the original tapas dishes — sister restaurants soon followed in the big apple and then Bangkok, Thailand.
Nestled on the second floor of 72 Courtyard, the restaurant serves modern Spanish-style hot and cold tapas in a dimly-lit setting, decorated throughout with wooden elements which boast the man-cave vibe and add a masculine feel to it. The venue’s well-crafted bar also features a wide selection of booze like sangria, whisky, wine, vodka, tequila, mescal and assorted crisp cocktails — open for you to down the drinks from nightfall to the wee hours. All in all, after a few wine-and-dine sessions here, we’ve picked a few of our favourite dishes which we think you, too, would fall in love with. Scroll down for the list of Toro’s six mouth-watering dishes we absolutely adore.
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Paella De Mar Y Tierra (THB 890 half/ 1,600 full)
You can’t leave Toro territory without trying the seafood-packed fried rice which is considered — rather religiously — as the Spanish staple. This Paella De Mar Y Tierra, in particular, is by far our favourite. Toro keeps this dish interesting with a bunch of seafood like clams, shrimp, and pungent chorizo — with each ingredient entertaining your palate with different textures and tastes in every spoonful bite. Also, having been slow-cooked in saffron, spices and juice from the proteins, the short-grain rice soaks up every bit of the flavoursome liquid, making it tasty just on its own.
Mushroom “Setas” (THB 200)
Say goodbye to the humdrum sauté mushrooms and say yes to this San Sebastian-style mushroom richened with egg yolk and fresh herbs instead. Originating in the town of San Sebastian in Spain, Toro stays true to the traditional Spanish cuisine on this one and simply keeps this dish healthy and hearty just like the original.
Paella Vegetariana (THB 720 half/ 1,300 full)
Packed with veggies like mushroom, artichokes and rockets, this veggie-laden paella topped with sunny-side-up egg will show you the true power of vegetarian food. Unlike the seafood paella, this one will bring unexpected flavours and will — surprisingly – satisfy the cravings of both carnivore and vegan alike.
Bone Marrow Toast “Asado De Huesos” (THB 450)
Roasted bone marrow packs a great deal of delightful fattiness. That’s why Toro chooses to tone it down with the cool oxtail marmalade, toasted bread, and the bright, lemony radish citrus salad. The dish also makes a perfect appetiser, an indulgent main and even a bar bite while downing some boozy drinks.
Beef Tongue “Lengua” (THB 290)
Showered in luscious creamed lentils and spicy salsa verde, the thinly-sliced braised beef tongue lends the creamy sweetness that is cut through with a piquant yet pungent taste of the salsa. For those who have never traversed over the glory of beef tongue, try this one and surely you will be hooked.
Banana Miso Churros (THB 200)
Toro’s churro is probably the perfect representative for their modern take on Spanish food. Made from egg, flour, banana and miso paste, the dense churro batter once fried becomes extra crispy on the outside while the inside stays mellow and moist with the help of banana and miso. It is the kind of churro that doesn’t contain much of the airy, tasteless bubble inside. Coated in cinnamon sugar, the churro also has an extra exterior crunch. When paired with the luscious chocolate dip, you get both the creamy and crispy textures that only leave your tummy asking for more.
Toro, 72 Courtyard, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +662 392 7790, www.bangkok.toro-restaurant.com, open 6pm-midnight