By Janet Varga
I had the opportunity to experience Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar and it did not disappoint.
Located at the Fairmont Princess hotel, Toro sits just off the hotel property overlooking the famed TPC Scottsdale Golf Course and breathtaking McDowell Mountains. Upon walking into Toro we were greeted and asked what our preference would be for seating, it was a gorgeous 75 degree night, so outside it was! The vibes of the restaurant felt warm and inviting, having a little bit of a sexy, western influence. Dark wood, bull skulls, cowhide furniture, with a blend of Latin music, beautiful people and the smell of delicious food.
Alicia our waitress gave us a huge amount of knowledge on Toro and their love of rum. Toro has the largest rum bar in the city boasting over 150 different types. My husband is more of a whiskey drinker, and sure enough they had a rum on the menu specific to whiskey drinkers. I on the other hand went for the Toro Toro, which seemed like the perfect start to my rum filled evening. A muddled mint, soda, lime and ginger beer drink, almost like a Moscow mule but with rum, so refreshing!
Appetizers of crunchy shrimp served over a chipotle aioli and a local tomato salad with burrata, watermelon and avocado like I’ve never had in my life, I thought how can this even get better…. But wait. Our server recommended us trying a few options on their menu for our main courses.
They are known for their “suviche” which is a combination of sushi and ceviche and being a sushi lover I figured this was my opportunity to have a great new sushi restaurant to go to. I ordered the angry tuna roll that was served over a citrus glaze, absolutely phenomenal. My husband got their number one recommendation which was their “Mexican campfire style snapper.” They came almost as deconstructed tacos, served with all the accoutrements. For sides we got the pork belly mac and cheese and street corn, also amazing.
Now, let’s get to the best part of any meal, or at least mine! Dessert. The only words to describe this is pure heaven. Our lovely waiter and a colleague showed up at our table placing a large piece of parchment paper down, I was a bit confused until just a moment later another gentleman showed up with a giant bowl of gelato, sat in a homemade chocolate bowl layered with crunchy pistachios and angel food cake with 4 different types of gelato as well as fresh fruit inside.
She told us on the count of three we have to say “ La Bomba”, so there we were on the count of three they dropped the entire dessert onto the parchment paper while the entire restaurant looks at us like what just happened?! As soon as the dessert hit the paper it shattered into the perfect pieces and they quickly poured three different types of rum sauces over the gelato. When I tell you it was one of the most incredible presentations and desserts I have ever had…. The blend of perfectly fresh chocolate, fresh fruit, multiple types of fruity gelato, and angel food cake that tasted as if it had sat in grand marnier for hours, the crunch of the pistachio was also the perfect finishing touch.
To say the least we had an incredible evening, from the feel of the entire restaurant, wonderful service, and delicious food I can say this is definitely a new favorite for us and a place I would recommend to anyone coming to town. Richard Sandoval, you are an incredible restaurateur!