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Sep 7, 2007 11:40 AM

What to order at Torito?

Hi - I've seen some recommendations on this board for the ceviche and the almond cake. Is there anything else I should order on my visit tonight? Thanks in advance!

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  1. If it is still on the menu, the gazpacho soup with gooseberry is amazing. finished off with some shrimp, scallop and avacado on top.

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    1. re: jgloverwork

      the chorizo and potatoes. also the cold trout salad. yum!

    2. Thanks for the responses, jgloverwork and midtowngirl. I'm excited to try those dishes now...

      1. Hey, Yum2MyTum we're heading there tonight too. Let's compare notes on Monday.
        Found some old reviews but they are about 1 year old.

        Hope they still have the sangria !

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        1. re: Mila

          Thanks Mila. I saw that post as well - I'm wondering if they have the same items available.
          Enjoy your meal tonight!

        2. Here is a little review of dinner at Torito on Friday night. The service was very friendly but really unbelieveablely disorganized. I think our server was new, so that combined with the fact that they were busy made for very poor service.

          We had the following:

          Bread with fresh cheese and fiesta $3 - Got some thin slices of okay baguette, no cheese, no fiesta, so I really don’t know what fiesta is, still.
          Smoked Trout with Potato Salad and Avocado Mayo $8 – The trout was excellent and the mayo a nice, though mild accompaniment.
          Fish Ceviche $10 – Really enjoyed this dish with a nice citrus and chilli bite to it.
          Serrano Ham $8 – I like Serrano but there were about 5 small pieces, no nothing special
          Piquillo peppers with salt cod and tapenade $9 – The salt cod, surprisingly, did have the flavour to hold up to the Piquillo, no sign of the tapenade.
          Andalucian Spinach and Chickpeas $8 – This was a winner, loads of flavour, delicious.
          Patatas bravas and Chorizo $9 – Very good but it wasn’t real style Spanish chorizo.
          Flatiron Steak with Gallega chips and fried egg $12 – The steak had amazing flavour but was overcooked and served with what I’m sure was Lays potato chips. Maybe Gallega is Spanish for Lays potato chips.
          Braised Beef Tongue and Cheek $11 – Excellent, served in a warm broth.

          I think I’m missing one or two other things…. too much wine.

          So bill for 4 with a jug of sangria and a $50 red wine was $284. With bad service, a few really good dishes but just as many not so good, it was a good night, but not a great night. I think that for these prices and portion sizes each dish should have a bit of a wow factor. The obvious missing sauces, overcooked meat reflected poorly on the kitchen. So overall, I liked it but because of the price tag I’d have to seriously consider before eating there again.

          On another note, I believe it was the owner told us they are opening a more tapas style bar in the basement where you can sit at the bar have a few drinks and order a few tapas.

          I loved playing "Spot the Chowhound" too, but I really don’t have a clue which table you were Yum2MyTum. Hope you enjoyed your dinner!

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          1. re: Mila

            thanks for posting a recap! out of curiosity, what time did you go there? heard they don't take reservations. i've never been but may check it out this weekend or next.

            1. re: auberginegal

              We got there about 7:15 and had drinks on the front patio and then went inside for dinner. They usually have their beautiful back patio open but they thought it might rain.

              It is definitely worth trying and my friends had a great experience (service and food) when they sat at the kitchen bar one time.

            2. re: Mila

              Hi Mila,

              Thanks for your great review! We ordered almost the same as you did, minus the spinach and chickpeas, patatas bravas and beef tongue (my boyfriend was made anxious by the idea of eating tongue and cheek).

              The smoked trout was quite special, we both thought, and the flatiron steak was tasty. However, I was underwhelmed by the ceviche - perhaps I had inflated expectations due to ecstatic reviews on this page.

              Overall, I enjoyed the experience - it had a fun vibe and I imagine it would be a great place for a small group of friends. Service was disorganized, but as Mila said, very friendly. I don't know how often I'll be going back, though. I guess I just wasn't super impressed!

              Were you with the group of ladies, Mila? I was there with my boyfriend near the bar around the same time as you.

              1. re: Yum2MyTum

                We were right beside the ladies with 3 women and one guy at our table. I think I know who you were.

                It seems like we had a similar experience, good but not great. I think they have the makings of great but were too overwhelmed by number of customers, which really wasn't that many.

                I was with a friend that works at the Gallery Grill and we are pretty sure that the trout they were using is the same one they get at the Grill. I ordered a case last Christmas from 'Hanes The Smoke Master' and it was $65 for 16 trout. Amazing stuff.

                1. re: Mila

                  Mila, from where did you order the 'Hanes the Smoke Master' smoked trout?? I did a search on Google and came up empty. Is it local? Mail order? Always looking for great new sources of smoked fish.

                  1. re: acd123

                    My friend worked at a restaurant that ordered from him so she ordered me a case. Let me check in with her and I'll see if I can get some info.

                    It beautiful stuff and freezes well.

                    1. re: Mila

                      Thanks, I would really appreciate that.

                      Is it better than the Milford Bay smoked trout, if you've had it?

              2. re: Mila

                For those of you who have dined at Torito, how does it compare to Cava @ Yonge-St.Clair?