Toro Toro Restaurant in Dubai

I have anticipated visiting Toro Toro in DC for quite some time but had the pleasure of doing so in Dubai! Funny, huh. Well, thank God for my 20/20 vision because I actually saw the sign from the other side of the Dubai Marina and just knew that I had to make reservations for my friends and I to eat there.  

Toro Toro  (which means bull in Spanish) is a Pan Latin restaurant that offers a delectable variety of dishes with influences from across South America.  They are known for their interpretation of the Churrasco which is a Portuguese and Spanish term for grilled meat.  It was really cool to have the skilled passadors come to our table and perfectly (and I mean perfectly) slice the meat for them to enjoy.  Now to be honest with you all, I don't eat red meat or pork so I am unable to recommend certain dishes but I will say from the looks of my friends empty plates, it must have been delicious.  

We ordered several different hot and cold plates as the food is served tapas style for everyone to share.  I have to tell you that after my first bite of the tuna takaki, I was just hoping they didn't want to try it.  It was absolutely deeeeelicious!  I could taste the savory citrus-based marinade of traditional South American flavors that are reminiscent of foods that I was raised eating.  Don't even let me describe the sautéed scallops! I'll just say I could have eaten two more orders by myself (no judgement please).  

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 S auté  ed  scallops &  Tuna tataki 

 Sautéed scallops & Tuna tataki 

This is what I ordered (to share of course):

- Churrasco Skewer – serves 2

  • Brazilian-style Picanha steak 
  • Waygu rib eye steak
  • Australian lamb chop
  • Achiote marinated chicken

- Steamed asparagus seasoned with truffled hollandaise

- Tuna tataki seasoned with rocoto sauce/ leche de tigre / avocado

- Chicken anticucho seasoned with aji mirasol/ red miso paste / garlic ginger/ sweet potato purée / cucumber

- Sautéed scallops seasoned with lomo saltado sauce/ potato huancaina sauce

- Roasted potato seasoned with truffle/ chimichurri / parmesan

and for DESSERT....

- Chocolate espresso cake !

After the delicious meal,  we got a tour of the restaurant and I was in awe.  I mean the decor was to die for.  

Private dining area

Private dining area

These high back chairs are simply divine.

These high back chairs are simply divine.

The bathroom doors were FUR!!! I loved this detail in the decor.

The bathroom doors were FUR!!! I loved this detail in the decor.

If you are traveling to Dubai, Toro Toro  is the place to visit to experience delicious Latin cuisine and fabulous ambiance! 

For reservations:

Located in the Grosvenor House Dubai | Phone + 971 4 317 6000 | Email: resbook.grosvenorhouse@luxurycollection.com

If you are interested in visiting in the United States:

1300 I st NW | Washington, DC 20005 | Phone (202) 682-9500

 

Dubai: Wildlife drive & breakfast

I was so excited to to go on this tour!  

My friends and I booked the wildlife drive and Bedouin breakfast with Platinum Heritage .  Our day started pretty early, six in the morning to be exact. We were picked up at our apartment (transportation is part of the package) and drove for about an hour to the Desert Conversation Center where we swapped our SUV and rode to the Bedouin camp in a beautiful vintage Land Rover along the desert.  Once we arrived to the camp, we were greeted by the locals with fresh rosewater to rinse our hands and were offered freshly brewed coffee and tea.  We sat around and socialized with fellow visitors and prepared to ride our camels.  The highlight for me was hearing stories from the local Bedouin and how things have rapidly developed in the UAE. To my surprise, he appreciates it because he feels that everyday tasks are so much easier to accomplish.  We ended the tour with a drive around the pristine Dubai desert and took so many pics.  I TOTALLY suggest booking a tour with Platinum Heritage  if you plan on visiting Dubai.  There are other great options to choose from and for a little over $100.00, you will have a blast!

Vintage Land Rovers

Vintage Land Rovers

Breakfast preparation

Breakfast preparation

My friends Jarvis and Ryan

My friends Jarvis and Ryan

Can you tell I was scared? 

Can you tell I was scared? 

Traditional Emirati breakfast

Traditional Emirati breakfast

Local Bedouin

Local Bedouin