For my birthday, in April, we went to Toro in the South End. The room is just what I envision a Spanish tapas bar to be. It is a cozy and comfortable with long wooden communal tables. As with most of the places in the South End it was packed on a Saturday night as early as 6pm. We put our name on the list and took a walk around the area and came back and were seated just before 7pm.
I started with the Caramelized Caipirinha which is a nice take on the traditional caipirinha that uses caramelized limes. It is refreshing and smooth! We ordered several tapas and noshed for a couple of hours. While we tried several items but a few were particularly memorable. The Ventresca which is a Spanish tuna belly with tomato tapenade and celery leaves was a nice, simple, and elegant tuna preparation. The acidity and tartness of the tapenade paired nicely with the oily, fattiness of the tuna. The Gamnas al Ajillo (griddled garlic shrimp) were wonderful! The large shrimp were perfectly well cooked which was refreshing as I often them to be over cooked. The garlic flavor was infused throughout the shrimp and the buttery sauce. Delicious! The Costilla de Buey was a braised beef short rib which cooked to the perfect melt-in-your-mouth consistency. It was served with prunes which added a nice sweetness to the rich beef. That evening they had a special cured ham which was served simply sliced nice and thin. It was lovely! Finally, we had one of my absolute favorite dishes served in Boston, the Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija, the grilled corn with aioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese. The combination of aioli and cheese on the sweet roasted corn is delectable!!
Toro is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston! We love the comfortable and casual atmosphere of the tapas bar paired with the delicious and beautifully prepared food of a high end restaurant. It is a perfect combination!
1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118