Spanish Tapas in Bangkok
Newly opened at the swanky 72 Courtyard, Toro is serving up clean, carefully constructed dishes that are presented like little works of art. Toro Bangkok is the first international endeavor of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, two acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs based out of Boston. The American roots of this restaurant show, the space feels like a New York loft with touches of wood and marble, it’s modern but unpretentious. And the staff is topnotch, inciting a relaxed vibe that is warm, and friendly.
One glance at the menu and Toro’s Spanish roots are evident; freshly sliced Iberico ham, jamon Serrano, chorizo, Mancheago cheese and a traditional potato tortilla are all present. The menu consists of small tapas dishes designed for sharing. Chef Zach Watkins has also drawn on Asian flavors in a few of his dishes, however we hope this isn’t going to become another Thai-fusion spot.
The fork-tender braised octopus salad is a standout, and a definite nod to the chef’s skill. It’s served with a tomato piri piri jam that has hints of smokiness, a slight chili heat and notes of acidity to cut the hearty flavors.
The guanciale, an Italian cured pork cheek, is slow cooked until it melts in your mouth. Due to the curing process, guanciale develops an intense porkiness that the chef balanced with an addictively sweet and sour romesco sauce and finished with dollops of jujube compote.
For a bit more of the Asian flare try the hamachi crudo, which features slices of raw hamachi with pickled sweet and salty burdock fish in a sesame cream.
Toro also has a bikini bocadillo, which is reminiscent of an Italian pressed panino. This sandwich is savory and rich, it’s comfort food to the max. Salty Serrano ham is layered with Manchego cheese, and truffle butter and then grilled to develop a super crispy crust.
Don’t forget to finish your meal with Toro’s twist on the churro. Their slightly fruity batter is fried until crisp, then tossed in cinnamon and sugar and served with spiced dipping chocolate.
We’re excited about the new flavors that Toro is bringing to Bangkok. It’s worth paying them a visit for their strong drinks and well-constructed tapas menu, however don’t be surprised by the hefty price tag that accompanies these small but tasty morsels.
You can’t go wrong here. From Nagoya pizza to miso udon they have several tasty dishes to choose from. Great food and amazing customer service you’ll be leaving with a smile on your face already planning your next visit back with friends.
Saturday-Sunday: 12–3PM, 6PM–12AM
Phone: 02 392 7790
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