Did you know TORO means ‘Bull’ in Mexico and ‘Tuna Belly’ in Japan?
Filipinos are crazy about Mexican and Japanese food, which are among our comfort food next to Chinese cuisine. So, it’s nice to find unique restaurant concepts like TORO, which serves Mexican and Japanese cuisine (it is not a fusion restaurant).
The foodies I know, who were invited for a taste test before the restaurant opened, were raving about the food. It’s not surprising because Chef Sau del Rosario is the Chef Consultant for the resto.
We recently met here for our Mercato Centrale team meeting. Here is an account of our experience…
It does seem a bit intimidating with its fine-dining aura, long-back (but comfortable!) chairs, and meal prices (most are at P300+ per dish).
This is a classic Chef Sau del Rosario salad. With its sweet sesame dressing, it’s a good way to start your meal.
We tried to go fancy and order this unusual salad. Think of it as a Hawaiian-inspired seafood taco salad.
Honestly, I don’t think it worked for me because of the weird seafood-pineapple combination.
This maki with its spicy tuna toppings tasted good. I liked eating it as a whole (and even made it more spicy with wasabi). Great combination!
This was a bit reduntant with our Spicy Aji Tuna Maki order. I didn’t like the breaded, deep fried sushi rice because it was all texture but no taste at all.
The quality of tofu was very good — soft, smooth, and had a good bite. The sweet soy glaze and presentation are classic Chef Sau. A bit expensive though, considering each tofu block would cost about P100 each.
RJ was a happy vegetarian because he could eat a variety of tofu-based dishes in the menu.
I liked this lamb with its different combination of Mexican and Japanese spices. The lamb was soft and had absorbed most of the flavor of the spices. It’s good to share with 2-3 people.
If there is one dish you’ve got to try, you should order this one — well-cooked duck with teriyaki sauce. The duck itself was very flavorful, and we had the choice to mix and match it with either pineapple, sweet potato or garlic spinach.
Most of the desserts were out of stock. As for this fried ice cream tempura, I was not impressed since I couldn’t taste the ice cream anymore because it already melted. Maybe I should try the other desserts next time. (Any suggestions?)
We are planning our awesome summer activities in Mercato Centrale. Watch out for them!
Overall, I like Toro’s concept of bringing together Mexican and Japanese comfort food under one roof. The pricing is a bit expensive, though, so budget about P600/head.
This is a good date place for people looking for a different kind of restaurant menu and ambiance.
TORO Restaurant & Bar
Unit 6 G/F One McKinley Place
(at the back of MINI Car Showroom)
26th Street corner 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
For reservations, contact +632 846-9681
Valet Parking is available for FREE
Check out Mexican Restos in Manila: https://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/mexican/
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P.S. We were not able to try the Sushirito, which is Sushi burrito-style. Let me know in the comments section if you like it.