Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yum!


Last night Ms.S insisted on taking Mr.T and I out for dinner and so we decided again to try Toritos. Thankfully they were open and we were able to get a table. The restaurant is located on Augusta avenue with a small outdoor patio that is fenced in, facing the street. Inside the long narrow space is decorated in hushed tones with a few tables facing the street, then a bar with the kitchen behind that. A corridor beside this, leads to patio in the back that is covered with sun sails giving it a nice bit of shade from the sun. The place oozes a polite sophistication that never tries to hard to be trendy. The decor is simple but elegant. The service while attentive is relaxed in that European manner, helping to create an ambience that is never rushed. Eating tapas is about relaxing over a languid meal while enjoying good food and good company. The menu features a selection of Spanish inspired tapas that all sounded interesting. We opted for a selection of dishes to try a diversity of flavours. Everything arrived plated beautifully. First came some olives, then a ceviche that was served with chips and came in tiny mason jars which the server then opened at the table. Everything showed an attention to detail and flavour. The padron peppers, little fried peppers were delicious, as were the fried mushrooms (which we had in olive oil rather than butter), there was also a really good lemon/garlic kale dish and patatas bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce) that were also really delicious. Our only issue was that we had to ask for bread, which should have arrived before the meal with some olive so that we could have used it to soak up some of the delicious sauces. This however is a minor quibble, Torito is a dining experience that should not be missed. 

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