Toro: The Best Meal I’ve Had in Boston, So Far

30 Sep

crudo

Atun Crudo

Toro is the closest I’ve come to reaching food nirvana in this great city. Bold and creative tapas by two of the most buzzworthy chefs in town: Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.  I had been cooking quite healthy all week, so I chose to go all out with my selections. Vegetarians, might want to skip past some of the next pictures.

bone-marrow

Asado de Huesos

Bone marrow doesn’t get much better looking than that. The roasted bone marrow was generous with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade on bread.

foie-gras

Foie Gras con Duraznos

Why stop at just marrow when foie gras is on the menu? I don’t go crazy for foie like a lot of my friends, so it wasn’t a predictable choice for me. However, something about the new foie ban in my hometown of LA made it a bit more enticing. The perils of bad public policy, I suppose. I’m glad I gave foie yet another try – a nice sear and a delicious peach jam really did the dish justice.

mussels

Mejillones

Toro’s Barcelona style really came into focus with a bowl of mussels with chorizo and basque cider. If you tend to find mussels a little too subtle in flavor, you’ll love the addition of chorizo here.

uni

Uni Bocadillo

The bread in the open-faced sandwich recalled a canvas, with the orange sheen of the fresh uni recalling the surreal characters by Os Gêmeos. Maybe I’ve been spending too much time at museums lately. The miso butter and pickled mustard seeds were nice touches.

tuna-belly

Tuna Conserva

I feigned at ordering a lighter dish, but that’s not just ordinary tuna . Mmm… Spanish tuna belly, with tomato tapenade, and celery leaves.

shrubb

Perro Picante & Stratocruiser

Toro backs up its excellent food with a good cocktail and wine program. My best drink of the afternoon was the Perro Picante. Deaths Door Gin (delicious) got the grapefruit treatment, with the spicy pepper rim adding considerable depth. Highly recommended.

I also tried the Stratocruiser because although I order any shrub on any cocktail list, I’ve never seen a blueberry shrub. The vinegar with New Hampshire blueberries are combined with gin, maraschino, and lemon. Don’t be fooled: it’s not as sweet as it looks. In fact, the overpowering vinegar flavor may have needed a bit more balancing.

cocktail-toro

Sanguinello Highball

The Sanguinello Highball was refreshing and a perfect choice for day drinking. Aperol and blood orange satisfied my quench for something bitter, but instead of using my favorite nightcap spirit whiskey, it featured my day drinking spirit of choice: gin.

dessert

Manchego con Membrillo and Churros con Chocolate

For dessert, I found the churro average but its accompanying very salty chocolate sauce delicious. The better choice was the traditional Spanish dish, aged manchego with a quince paste.

toro-bar

Toro Wine Bar

Not only do I want to come back to Toro to finish off the rest of the menu (starting with their famous corn), I want to try Oringer’s other joints Coppa, Clio, Uni, La Verdad, and Earth. New Yorkers are in for quite the treat with a Toro on their way.

Toro
1704 Washington St
Boston, MA

2 Responses to “Toro: The Best Meal I’ve Had in Boston, So Far”

  1. Warren Bobrow October 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Nice writing. The marrow bone is a keeper. Reminds me of Minetta Tavern in NYC. Yum. Swoon. I can’t believe I didn’t eat there during the Cocktail Summit.

    Cheers. wb

  2. page March 28, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    So much about these gadgets revolves around style and being an early-adopter.
    Try to use large bags; it will be easier to cut smaller shapes out
    of larger pieces than add two pieces together.

    The unique design of the Beetle caught the attention of millions
    of people of different age groups all across the Western countries and continued its successful run
    through decades.

    Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
    My blog goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Excellent blog by the way!

    Take a look at my website :: page

Leave a Reply