Tonight, Mal planned a surprise birthday dinner for me at Toro, a restaurant in the South End that serves authentic and innovative Spanish-style tapas. I’ve been wanting to go to Toro for months now, so Mal was “spot on” with his restaurant selection!
Toro offers all the best features of Spain’s own tapas bars, including a cozy, comfortable atmosphere, with long, wooden communal tables, an extensive menu of traditional pinchos and tapas, and an exclusively Spanish wine list.
What a cool place! Toro almost doesn’t feel like it should be located in Boston. The restaurant had more of a Greenwich Village-vibe to it.
By 6:30 pm, the place was packed!
Before our party arrived, Mal and I shared a round of cocktails. I ordered the most amazing drink ever! Holy yum!
My cocktail was called “Verdad y Amor,” which was Hibiscus-infused Milagro Silver tequila with ginger and lime. It was a sweet cocktail, but not too sweet. The ingredients were natural and fresh, and the tequila seemed to cut the unnecessary sweetness.
The drink was seriously amazing! I raved about it so much, all of my girlfriends ended up ordering one, too!
Our crew of 8 ended up having a wonderful time at dinner. We tried all sorts of interesting tapas, got a little tipsy, and acted silly, which seems to happen when we get together! 😉
I’d recap all of the tapas that we tried for dinner, but we ordered about 20 different dishes, so here’s just a sampling of what we tasted…
The guys (and some of the gals) were psyched that Toro served $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon 16-ounce cans. I lost track of how many our table ordered! You don’t come across deals like this in Boston often, especially not in the South End, so you need to take advantage of them when you can!
The “highlight” of our dining experience was the Asado de Huesos, which was roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade. My friend, Andy, was feeling brave and ordered it for the table to try.
The idea of bone marrow totally grossed me out, but I thought I should at least give it a try before I made any decisions about it. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who say they don’t like a food, but have never even tried it! Boo!
Not too sure about it…
I was not a fan of the bone marrow! The taste was actually okay, but the texture was slimy and weird. Mal didn’t like it much either.
Oh well. I always say that I will try anything once, so I’m glad that I tasted the bone marrow, but I will never eat it again! Ick.
However, Toro is one of the best restaurants I have ever visited! I loved the food and the chill, yet sophisticated vibe. Honestly, it was my ideal restaurant in almost every way possible! I will most definitely be visiting again VERY soon!
What a fantastic birthday celebration! I’m off to bed! Good night!!!