Thomas Mackie19 Feb 2019 AT 12:53 PM

Brunch review: Toro Toro

Not an early riser? This South American diner has the weekend brunch for you
Thomas Mackie19 Feb 2019 AT 12:53 PM
Brunch review: Toro Toro

Not every Friday will be the kind of day when you’re up, showered, and ready to leave your apartment by 11.45am. Well, that’s Toro Toro’s line of thought anyway, as it’s just launched a new weekend eating and drinking session that doesn’t kick off until 3pm. If you haven’t been to the restaurant and bar since its revamp, it’s slicker than ever with heavy leathers, dark woods and subtle tribal patterns.

Greeted with an orange-infused mixed beverage and seated, it’s not long before the unlimited starters arrive. We pick our way through cold plates of smoked guacamole with chips, and tuna tataki, before hot appetisers of wild mushroom flatbread, chicken tacos, beef empanadas and crispy calamari. The flatbread is delicious although slightly too salty, while the empanadas are too good to just eat one portion and we ensure the guac keeps coming. It’s a good, mixed selection, and we’re already feeling the fill before the mains are cooking.

At this point, the Latin flair ups as beats radiate through the speakers, one chirpy member of staff prepares traditional mixed beverages for our party tableside, and two ladies make their way around the bar sporting a supersized Day of the Dead-style skull for guests to try on in order to capture their brunch Boomerang with. Next up, we work through grilled rib eye steak, chaufa rice served with chicken and heriloom tomato salad.

The meat is good, but the veggie options are lacking, so we’re given a specially made sweetcorn and rice concoction that’s actually delicious, too.

A platter of dessert arrives, and we scoop up chocolately delights before heading upstairs to the bar to dance off some of the food.

Scoring high of fun and fare, lie-in-lovers  this is the Friday brunch for you.

Brunch @ 3
Where: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina
When: Fridays, 3-6pm
Price: From AED333 (ladies), AED433 (gents)
Contact: +9714 317 6000