The Black Toro

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$$ A little bit fancy, Glen Waverley, Let's get tipsy, Mexican, Moderately Priced, Spanish, Tapas, VICTORIA

Since its opening in 2012, The Black Toro has been a hive of activity. Offering a higher level of dining on the already bustling Kingsway strip, even only a mere year after opening its doors The Black Toro is still packed to the brim with customers on a cold night.

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Mariquita (ladybug) $16.50 and lemon, lime and bitters 

Our drinks came promptly with my friend ordering the Mariquita and I a lemon lime and bitters. The Mariquita, a refreshing mix of gin, lychees, fresh mint, lime, soda water with a dash of Chambord, was incredibly sweet – keep this one strictly for the ladies! The lemon lime and bitters was nothing special but is still a favourite when being tasked with being the designated driver for the night.

Since Black Toro’s menu is designed to be shared, the staff, who were extremely helpful, recommended us to order a couple of smaller dishes and one larger dish for the best experience.

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Potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam – $8 for two

IMG_2907Potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam – $8 for two

Crunchy on the outside, and wonderfully creamy on the inside, the croquettes, with chewy bits of chorizo throughout, were an instant hit for the both of us. It should be noted that my friend mentioned that she was tasting bacon rather than chorizo. However, at $4 per croquette, you really did have to savour every single bite.

IMG_2910Wagyu beef slider with toasted brioche, pickled cucumber, cheese and ancho ketchup (2pcs) $14

The beef sliders were tasty, with the meat in between the buns juicy and complemented well by the pickled cucumber and ketchup. The brioche, however, could not uphold the high standards of the patty, and we both found them to be slightly soggy.

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Spicy pulled pork taco, shredded cabbage & sour cream (2pcs)

Presentation-wise, the spicy pork tacos and waygu sliders could not be faulted. With the perfect balance of colour and freshness, both dishes had our mouths watering from the moment they were delivered.

IMG_2911Spicy pulled pork taco, shredded cabbage & sour cream (2pcs)

This was, however, the least liked dish of the night. We found both the pulled pork and the combination of flavours to be quite dry, with the raw onions overpowering the entire dish. We both preferred the tacos at Mamasita and MoVida.

IMG_2912Roasted barramundi, marinated tomatoes, olives & watercress $32

Crispy skin and meat which parted at the gentlest touch. This was the undisputed highlight of the night, and the fish was both fresh and flavoursome. Paired with tomatoes, olives and watercress it was an indulgence that did not leave us feeling guilty.  

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Zucchini & corn fritters $8

This was the first time either of us had ever tried this dish. Persuaded by the waiter to choose the fritters over the fries, it was a decision which impressed. Whilst we found them quite salty,  they were a welcome change from the standard side orders. Highly recommended if you are looking for an alternative to chips.

IMG_2900 Given that we walked in with already high expectations, it was pleasantly surprising that we both agreed that this was one of the best meals we have had.

The Black Toro no doubt already plays an integral role in the shaping and culture of Kingsway, and we have a feeling that others in Glen Waverley will follow suit in its turn towards fine dining in the future. Even though it still remains one of the most pricey options in the area, for us it was definitely worth every cent.

We can’t wait to come back and try all the other dishes!

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