It’s restaurant week in Boston, so obviously J and I have made a few choice reservations. Our first stop was Toro in the South End for tapas.
We arrived on a cold, rainy night only to be welcomed by a warm, lively atmosphere inside the restaurant. From the moment I spied Toro’s Dali-themed logo chalk-drawn logo above the wine on tap, I knew I’d really like this place.
I started the night with a glass of Tinto de Verano, a Spanish drink of red wine and lemon-lime soda, which I do have to say was far more refreshing than a normal glass of red wine.
The highlights of the night were the much-talked-about corn, short ribs and Spanish prosciutto-wrapped dates (none of which are pictured). The specialty of the house—grilled corn with aioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese—didn’t disappoint. The corn’s sweetness paired perfectly with the tart lime, aioli and salty cheese. The jamon serrano-wrapped medjool dates, stuffed with blue cheese and almonds, were savory candy. I wanted more than just one per person. The spare ribs also had a sweetness that definitely made them worth the extra $2.00 charge.
As I told J prior to ordering, about the only time I’m adventurous in life is at the dinner table. No skydiving or spelunking for me, thank you! I’ll try pretty much anything food-wise (famous last words). So our not-so-normal pick of the night was the pressed uni sandwich with miso butter and pickled mustard seeds (pictured above). Our verdict was 50/50. We didn’t love it, but we didn’t hate it either. Uni, which is sea urchin, had a specific taste that was unlike any other shellfish I’ve had before. I suspect it’s an acquired taste.
For dessert we went one part European and one part utterly decadent. Two slices of manchego cheese and membrillo, a fruit and sugar cube similar to thick jam, plus a chocolate dipped churro. Pure perfection.
Stay tuned for my next restaurant week adventure…
Photography by me. March 2013.