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Sep 16, 2012 04:35 PM

Torito Tapas - Frigid Al Fresco Dining rescued by Good Food!

Arriving at 9:30pm, our party of four was stunned to find the placed packed!! Starving and yearning for food, we decided to sit outside in the patio. With outside temperature hovering around 10C, it was COLD!!!
The menu was re-vamped since my last visit. Gone were some of my favorite dishes - 'Tongue and Cheek, Crab Cakes and the Grilled Quails. However, there were some new dishes that have potential!
We ordered the following to share:

- Hand Cut Jamon Serrano
- Patatas Bravas with Aioli
- Grilled Spanish Chorizo
- Lamb Meatballs with Mint and Tomato Preserves
- Avocado Fries with Roasted Tomato Salsa
- Garlic Shrimps
- New England Clam Chowder with Corn and Bacon
- Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Braised Oxtail on a Vanilla Scented Puree
- Montaditos of Burrata with Piquillo and Anchovies
- Mussels Al Escabeche
- Steakfrites and Fried Pee-Wee Eggs with Chimichurri Sauce
- Wild Mushrooms in White Wine Butter Sauce

Whether its because we were all starving or the food was truly well executed, we all found the dishes delicious with a few real standouts.!

These include one of the best tasting Clam Chowder I've ever had! (Even better than the one I had at NYC's Michelin 3* Eleven Madison Park a few months ago!!! No kidding! ). Who would have thought New England Chowder cooked by a Spaniard can be that good?!

The Garlic Shrimps were definitely worth a mentioning. Where did they get such fresh, tasting prawns?! Cooked just right, the texture of the flesh was spot on and that 'head with all the gorgeous brains' was amazing! Oh! And there was that lovely sauce that bags for bread to mop it up!

Known for putting fresh marinated seafood in cans, the Spanish have perfected this art. Our Mussels tasted so good, I thought I was in San Sebastian!! Again, the sauce was so tasty and aromatic, more bread was needed.

We were so full, we did not have room for dessert!

Overall a delicious and enjoyable meal with fine friendly service by our two lady servers! Unfortunately, there was no cure for the COLD!!!!!

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  1. Charles my bff and I were the two girls sitting on the same side of the table - trip planning and looking at my tablet. We too enjoyed our meal but not so much of the cold.

    We had the kale salad, cevchie, potatoes, chorizo, mushrooms and steak. All of our dishes were rather good but we did missed the potatoes and chorizo dish from the old menu.

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Totally agree JennaBean - loved loved loved the potato & chorizo dish and was sad to see it gone from the menu/split into two separate items when I was there a few weeks ago. Still loved our meal though and fortunately had much warmer weather for dining.

    2. You were "stunned" Torito was packed on a Friday night at 9:30 :}?

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      1. re: Serbaljub

        Busy! Yes! But 'packed with lines' that late?! Definitely stunned!