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Location: 276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON
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(647) 436-5874
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Cuisine: Spanish  Tapas  

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reviewed by hungrygrrrl,   visited on 2006-10-09 ,  overall
Seconding the snooty. I arrived with a friend at a fairly early hour, and the restaurant was half-empty. The table they gave us was wedged between a large noisy family, with several children, on one side, and a couple on the other. When we asked if we could move to a quieter empty table for 3 we were told we couldn't. ten minutes later, the noise rising, the table (and several others) still empty,we asked the person who seemed to be the manager. he refused. we politely said we would leave, and he started to argue with us - its not any quieter at the other table, we can't afford to lose the third seat, etc etc. Well, he lost 2 customers! I dunno, at $50 or so a pop, I want gentler kinder classier service. Have the great reviews gone to their heads?


reviewed by artificialard,   visited on 2006-09-01 ,  overall
Was just there and had a fantastic first time. Service was nice and ample and the food was uniquely delicious - I haven't been that engaged in a dining experience for a long time!

-Smoked trout with potato and avocado mayo was good, a nice starter with the very pure taste of smoked trout and potato being held together by the wonderful mayo

-Crab croquettes very 'crabby' with an interesting medley of herbs used but the 'parsley aioli' lacked any flavor and just seemed like a generic cream garnish. Nicely crisp on the outside.

-Black bean with Jambon Serrano was a surprise hit, more like a light stew of beans and other vegetables with the jambon cooked in as well. Intense flavor with varied textures worked wonders.

-Grilled King fish with basquaise sauce. The serving of fish was largest serving of all the dishes and was good but I'm not a fish fan. The basquaise sauce was a great complement of a light tangy sauce of sweet peppers.

-Shrimps al ajillo had 6-7 shrimps cooked just right and had a delicious hearty and strong sauce. Mopped that up with the bread.

-Braised beef cheek and tongue. Cheek was amazing, practically melted in the mouth but the tongue was somewhat less interesting and more like a simply firm piece of meat.

-flatiron steak with chips and egg. Again a wonderfully potent sauce that perfectly brought all the strong flavors and made something greater. One of my favorites.

-Desert was almond cake with peaches and creme fraiche (i think). The tart was a nice serving, and had a fresh light almond flavor but was somewhat too firm and dry for our tastes.

Service was efficient although it was 9PM on a Thursday. Water was frequently filled and the table was efficiently cleared. Items that ended up staying with me was the black bean soup, the flatiron steak, and the beef cheek (but not the tongue). I heartily encourage pretty much anyone to go.

Bill for three for the dishes above and a Spanish bottle ($45)of which I don't remember the name and 1 cappuccino came to $124 before tax and tip. We were a party of three that aren't big eaters and were quite full when finished.

reviewed by childofthestorm,   visited on 2006-08-31 ,  overall
I was there for my wife's birthday last night. I was very impressed, great service and a fun atmosphere. They even put a birthday candle in the chocolate flan for my beloved. I ended up eating more than my share, though.

I would also agree that the hot tapas menu has more winners on it, and the beef cheeks and tongue were the star of the show for me too. The quail was also fantastic. Pricey compared to tapas in Montreal, but then isn't everything?

reviewed by traceym,   visited on 2006-08-28 ,  overall
the food at torito was very good. the highlight being the quail. however, the service was snooty for the most part in what should be a relaxed and fun atmosphere. our server was downright mean with open eye-rolling when we asked to order a couple of dishes and wait to order the next...isn't that part of the point of tapas? Well even before we could order more, he gave us the bill, no "would you like more? how about a coffee? perhaps some flan?" I have never before been given the bill before being done. I could see if it was close to closing but it wasn't.

the prices seemed a little off for tapas (averaging about $11 each).

reviewed by cookbook,   visited on 2006-08-25 ,  overall
it's not "authentically" Spanish- but the owner, Veronica Laudes spent quite a bit of time in Barcelona and offers a contemporary, South American-flavoured take on trad tapas dishes. They have wonderful sangria (with fruit that hasn't been sitting around for days in lemon juice!) and a lovely selection of jerez and riojas.

reviewed by j2brady,   visited on 2006-08-23
Torrito isn't very vegetarian friendly!

Besides that it is aweful! Hugely over priced for food that was decent but certainly not worthy of the praise the place has gotten.

I found the dishes small for the price...I realize they are tapas and meant to be small but that doesn't that then suggest the price should be appropriately sized?

Don't get me wrong..I am more than willing to pay for quality but that is not what you pay for in this place.

I have had much much better tapas in other restaurants.

Try Embruja Flamenco on Danforth..check out their menu for veggie items. Either way I would skip Torrito.

reviewed by Charles,   visited on 2006-06-24 ,  overall
After reading the fairly impressive 3 stars review in today's Toronto star, I decided to give Torito a try this evening. We arrived at 7 to find the place 3/4s full indoor, but the outdoor patio at the back was 'packed'! Our waiter was very friendly, however, I was surprised that he did not put forward any explanation or make any recommendations about the menu! Using Pataki's review as a guide, my son and I ordered the following tapas:

COLD TAPAS

- Smoked trout with potato salad and avacado mayo dressing ( fish was chunky and moist. Dressing was delicious).
- Fish ceviche ( nice use of 'herb medley', good but nothing special).
- Spanish tortilla ( A thick potato pancake thats VERY filling and taste more Jewish than Hispanic. Again, nothing special).

HOT TAPAS

- Crab Croquettes ( two jumbo size crab cakes infused with herbs that renders them more 'Vietnamese' than Hispanic. However, very delicious ).
- Shrimp Acquillos ( 5 big and plump prawns perfectly cooked and piled on top of a pool of extremely tasty 'unknown' sauce ).
- Braised beef cheek and ox tongue ( Fork tender and very aromatic with the tongue the clear winner of the dual. Remember to order some bread to soak up the sauce!).
- Pimento peppers? stuffed with salt cod and drizzled with olive tapanade ( Lovely dish. Again, need bread to soak up the tapanade ).

We also ordered the grilled quail with pomegranate glaze but was told they were not ready. Based on the high quality of their hot dishes, got a hunch, the quail, if available, should be very good!

Lastly, for dessert, we both ordered the 'Chocolate Flan' - A Chocolate Creme Caramel?!. This, undoubtedly, must be the star of the entire meal. What a yummy dessert!!!! Silky smooth and very addictive!

Total bill with food, glass of sherry, tax and tips comes to $110 for two. Will return to try their quails and the 'Chocolate Flan'!!!!

reviewed by todc1996,   visited on 2006-06-10 ,  overall
went last sat night. fabulous!.
waited in line for an hour, would have waited an hour more. i wouldn't necessarily suggest it for a date because you can't make a reservation and the bar is too busy with diners to sit and have a drink, it's definitly loud and lacks intimacy. it is casual and inexpensive though.may be shorter lines during the week.
had the ceviche, quail, crab cakes, grilled king fish, lentil soup with serrano ham. everything was excellent. can't wait to go back.

reviewed by pinstripeprince,   visited on 2006-06-04 ,  overall
i was there a little over a month ago and my general opinion: not the holy grail but still good and probably not for a special date, although it would depend on the person.

the space is small and maximized to fit in people, so it can get loud rather easily. i found this funny, but maybe it's actually effective... they have this 2 stage waiting process for when you arrive and the place is busy (you can't make reservations, the main reason i wouldn't use it as a special date place). you first wait by the door and when the there are only two tables ahead of you, they move you near the bar. it works well if you're a drinker.

in terms of food, i found the lime in the ceviche to be overpowering and i could barely taste the fish. however the roasted corn provided a really nice texture contrast. the andalusian (sp?) chickepeas were fantastic. quail was a little dry but the sweet sauce was nice. crab croquettes were pretty good with nice amounts of seafood. lambloaf with eggplant was very moist. flatiron steak was a touch tough but buttery in flavour. the surprise winner of the desserts was the chocolate flan, nearly wished i ordered that only for myself.

the service was speedy and nice. we had a conversation with one of the owners after admiring all the lighting and handiwork... turns out that the entire place was built with their own hands. one of the owners is a woodworker and the other a black smith. if you think your chair/table is wobbly, you know who to blame ;)

reviewed by moo,   visited on 2006-06-02 ,  overall
I was there about two months ago .. the chorizo soup, the ceviche, lamb loaf, and apple banana gratin were all good .. it was pretty packed by 7pm on a saturday evening, with line-ups out the door ..

there are apparently some popular quail & other meat dishes that we didn't try ..

unfortunately, i have no barometer to gauge the authenticity, but i do plan to go back .. the prices are ~7-14 per dish, so a dinner with 6 dishes quickly runs up to 70-80 easy, after tax/tips ..

another review and pics
http://www.torontofoodies.com/479540554/torito-review.html


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