Bravo, Toro Bravo. What a feast Al and I shared at this very stylish Spanish tapas bar and steak restaurant when we visited recently for a leisurely Saturday lunch. Head chef Chris Anderson has created a menu made for sharing but first drinks!
Despite the fact we loved the description of the Margarita, we went with more suitable Saturday lunch drinks. I tried the non-alcoholic Ginger Berry $7, delicious, while Al ordered the Palma Louca beer ($8). I also tried the Raspberry Bellini ($12) later during the meal. Clearly it was a pink drink day! For cocktail lovers, the list is extensive and inventive.
From the tapas menu we ordered lamb and halloumi skewers with rosemary oil, chicken and green chilli spring rolls with sour orange dip and baked streaky bacon wrapped dates with warm honey (all $3.80 each). These were all packed with flavour but you really can’t go past bacon and dates. Yes, it’s a throw-back to the 70s, but it’s a definite winner. I also especially liked the combination of the chilli chicken springroll with the sour orange dipping sauce.
Next up, potato and spinach tortilla with sofrito sauce ($12) and a serve of Manchego and breadcrumb crusted zucchini batons with aioli ($8.90). The tortilla was comfort food at its best and the well seasoned zucchini batons had been cooked just enough to remain crisp. The sticky beef shortribs with cherry tomatoes, shredded papaya, red onion and mint ($18.90) was the least successful of the dishes. When you read the word sticky, you imagine sticky, real sticky, but it was more fatty and unfortunately the whole dish really lacked any depth of flavour.
As Toro Bravo prides itself on having the best char-grilled steak, we couldn’t go past trying the 180 gram Black Angus eye fillet, cooked to medium rare with crunchy potato bravas with a chimichurri sauce ($30). The larger 300 gram serve is $37.90. The steak, well caramalised on the outside and the accompanying jus was mouth-watering. The potatoes crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle and just perfect with the spicy sauce.
Finally, we were presented with the prettiest of desserts, white chocolate parfait with berries ($14). Creamy and decadent, it’s a dessert to share and was a lovely, not to sweet finish to a very big meal.
Note: Tuesday evenings you get two meals for the price of one. That’s a great deal.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon, Sunday and Monday from 4pm.
Toro Bravo, 455 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.
Phone: 3852 3533
For the Love of Food dined as a guest of Toro Bravo.