Thursday, August 02, 2007

Toro Bravo

Well, Snabby & I have just had one of those magical restaurant experiences, the kind where great food, good friends and casual ambiance combine for a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

It helped that the co-owner of the restaurant was a former boss of Snabby's, who when he sold the business, decided to become a chef and open a restaurant of his own!

Toro Bravo is a brand new Tapas (Spanish appetizers, but so much more!)restaurent, and dishes are served "family style" -so folks can share all different kinds of meals. There's not much vegetarian stuff on the menu, but enough to keep a vegetarian satisfied (the salads and tomato dishes are excellent!).

Besides an excellent wine and beer list, you can have your choice of red or white Sangria!

There was a very good eggplant dish, (we both thought of Pandabonium!), Polenta & tomatos, Roasted Corn with green beans & red peppers, Apricot lamb with couscous, Avacado Gazpacho, to-die-for pork meatballs, and much, much more!

We ended up staying about 3 hours, and everyone but us had dessert too, (but we did get some bites in). Thanks to Snabby's old boss, we got a personal run-down of the whole menu and great treatment by the staff.

We're still "high", "blissed out" or whatever the term is now for feeling like you've just had the best time, in a LONG time! (and it was about time too!)


Overdroid said...

Yummy food. Huzzah.

Don Snabulus said...

It was gooooooooood. Here is the menu. (more or less)

Favorites included:

Beef pinches with pickled onion

Radicchio Salad with green olive toast and manchego vinaigrette

Pork and Crab broquettes

Soft Polenta with salsa roja and salsa verde

Pimientos de Padro (seasonal rfresh roasted pimentos with wonderful seasonal...yummy)

(and everything else)

We all shared around the different plates between 7 people. Some were easier than others to share. Washing it all down with their refreshing white Sangria on a hot day provided a little extra joy.

All thumbs up!

Dean Wormer said...

Love salsa verde.

Spanish? They have paella?

Don Snabulus said...

They do and it is reportedly excellent (we didn't try it). If you order it, reports from the internet suggest you order paella right away when you get drinks because it takes a while to prepare.

Costs run about $30/person including drinks depending on what you order (and how much you drink). 2 tapas and 1 pincho per person is quite filling.

ladybug said...

Thanks for the logo pic, Snabby! I'm still happily thinking about making Sangia and/or Paella for a party sometime...

Dean Wormer said...

Back before we had kids we used to throw Paella parties where we'd have everybody bring some element (chicken, crab, shrimp, squid, whatever) and we'd fork over the 20k for the Safron spice.

So hungry. Tummy rumbling...

Pandabonium said...

Wonderful. Nothing like good friends and good food. That menu looks fantastic.

Swinebread said...

Great! Always nice to have a new place to go. I like that Portland Food and Drink site too.