It won the title of Best Restaurant in Doha 2016 at the FACT Dining Awards last month, so we couldn’t help but re-visit Toro Toro at Marsa Malaz Kempinski to see just what makes this place the most popular foodie haunt in the city…
In case you haven’t been kept in the loop (or you’ve been avoiding social media!), last month saw the second annual FACT Dining Awards Doha take place at the trendy Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace’s very chic rooftop. The award recognised foodie excellence in the city, making for a delicious event. Toro Toro not only bagged the award for Best Latin American restaurant, it was also given the coveted title of Best Restaurant overall in Doha for 2016. The contemporary restaurant has mysterious and lavish décor.
Befitting its location in the regal Marsa Malaz Kempinksi, The Pearl-Doha. Not only will you get a great dining experience here, but you’l slip into a lively vibe with upbeat tunes, you’ll sip on delicious drinks, and you’ll probably spend a good few hours in the welcoming lounge on the upper floor. The restaurant is also known for its authentic approach to fine-dining Latin fare, through a magical infusion of ingredients and flavours, and, in our humble opinion, Toro Toro serves the best tiraditos in town, not to mention its juicy beef and seafood dishes too. Talking of food, get ready, because we’re going to fill you in on what you should be ordering for a true taste of Toro Toro.
We kicked off the evening with cold appetisers, beginning with a Chipotle Salad
made up of mixed lettuce, goat cheese, almond cranberries and chipotle balsamic dressing. If you want to talk flavours, this dish is beautifully in-sync, with the tanginess of the goat cheese being tamed by the cranberries, and THAT dressing, we just couldn’t get enough of it!
Next up, and our favourite of the starters, is the Scallops Tiradito – an olive oil leche de tigre, avocado, cherry tomato and lemon dish. This is the perfect dish if you crave for a more acidic twist for your palate. That’s not all, out came a soft Sea Bass Tartare. A dish that was absolutely refreshing to taste with a mix of mango-cilantro puree, coconut milk and corn cake. Can you say mouthwatering?
Having devoured every single one of the appetisers, we were ready for the big show: main course! A tender Beef Fillet Anticucho was our first target, with aji panca marinade, potato-corn salad and aji salsa. Think tender meat, surrounded by an array of yummy side components – you’ll be in foodie heaven! But if a big main is not for you, relax and let Toro Toro indulge you with its signature sharing plates. These are a great choice for trying a bit of everything!
We opted for more seafood, this time a Grilled Octopus with fingerling potato salad
and Peruvian adobo. A true delicacy that was cooked just right. This was followed by the savory Concha A Lo Macho with scallops, prawns, aji panca and chipotle aioli – a dish that stay true to the essence of Latin American cooking, using flavour that pop with every bite! Rest assured that we had some difficulties getting up out of the chair after this fivestar foodie feast. We can now see why it was awarded as the best in Doha – it’s, simply, untouchable. Congratulations team Toro Toro!
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