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Dec 7, 2006 01:53 AM

Torito Tapas - pleasant evening with good food and great service !

When a friend proposed dinner at Torito Tapas tonight, I did not know the recent plaudits lavished on this Kensington Market restaurant (cheek by jowl with the struggling La Palette which could learn a thing or two from Torito's service !)

We were struck by the willingness of the staff to please - more bread ? no problem. Fill up the wine glasses. How about some water ? This sort of relaxed but very attentive service is, sadly, not matched by many of the five-star eateries in town.

Food was uniformly very good - toothsome salad with almonds and cheese, an outstanding lamb loaf in a saffron-almond sauce, fine hanger steak, great plate of the Spanish version of prosciutto, roast taters with chorizo in a tomato sauce - quite spicy - and a lovely almond cake with quince and creme fraiche to share for dessert. Very reasonable wine list.

Simple, warm room with a variety of seating available, at the bar, on high stools at high tables, low down at regular tables - nothing too much trouble.

A winner !

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  1. Fabulous place. I love the food there. I haven't gone back since October though. Have they done anything about blocking the draft from the door? Last time I was there we were pretty close to the doorway and got chilled everytime someone came in or went out. Would love another outing for those delicious shrimps and beef cheeks but wary of the drafty door!

    1. was it busy? did you need reservations? i'm thinking of going there next monday night with a small group of friends. glad to read you had a good time!

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      1. re: auberginegal

        We were at the end furthest away from the door so no chill or draft issues ! It filled up after we arrived (6:45 pm) and my impression is that one needs reservations to be sure of being seated.

        1. re: Bigtigger

          so then the tricky part isn't the draft so much as getting reservations at a no reservation restaurant ;)

      2. I am the friend that suggested Torito. We would be remiss not to mention the Laudo (La Rioja, 2005) which did a fine job of washing everything down. Suerte!

        1. Another poster asked if one needed them, and my opinion remains one does as clearly the place is busy even on a chilly Wednesday evening. In other words, if indeed it doesnt take res one had better go early as we did (6:45)

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          1. re: Bigtigger

            Torito does not take reservations.

          2. I''ll say it once again so that no one gets the wrong idea:
            TORITO DOES NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS! I tried to make one once,
            after reading on here that they do...but, alas, they do not.
            GO EARLY! It's worth it - the food is great, and the service has always been good when we've gone, in spite of the fact that it's busy.