Finally… It took a few attempts (and the disappointment of being number 26 on the waitlist for Jamie Bissonnette’s cooking class at the Boston Center for Adult Education), but I finally had dinner at the restaurant that was at the top of my list for the last six months: Toro! And it was worth the wait!
Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant by Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (who also own Coppa) in the South End that serves traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates. From the traditional Patatas Bravas to the inventive Mejillones on Curry de Coco (red curry mussels), each dish is perfectly balanced and packed with flavor. It more than lives up to the hype!
And although Toro’s beverage program includes an interesting range of cocktails, we are still raving about the simple, but perfect, bottle of Rioja (note to self: remember the name – or take a picture of the label – next time).
The only disadvantage? Toro is a relatively small restaurant that does not take reservations. So unless you show up on a dreary Tuesday in December, there is usually a wait. Now, there are a few bars around, and the neighborhood is perfect for a walk on a summer night. Just make sure you fit that into your schedule…
Toro is open for dinner daily, and serves lunch on weekdays and brunch on Sunday. So plenty of chances to check out a favorite in the neighborhood!