While O-town is buzzing with Magical Dining the month of September. Tapa Toro’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month peeked my interest.
Tapa Toro, one of the newest addition to I-Drive 360, with it’s unique paella pit, vibrant tapas menu, and extensive selection of imported wines is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a four-course lunch menu for $18 and a five-course specialty menu for only $33. YES, you heard me right, and I needed front row seats to believe it. Armed with my trusted Note 4, a voracious appetite, and an open mind I made reservations this labor day weekend, eager to experience Spanish Cuisine in the heart of Central Florida.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is an observation and celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Sadly my Note 4 might not be the ideal tool to capture the essence of Tapa Toro’s truly delightful dining experience. I would highly recommend making your reservations soon for lunch or dinner to taste a slice of Spain. Click here for the menu.
Gazpacho Tapa Toro – chilled soup/vine ripened tomatoes/cucumber/peppers/ barra bread/sherry gelee/olive oil. Simply delicious and refreshing.
Ensalada de Remolacha – roasted beets/candy cane beets/Florida orange/grapefruit/goat cheese espuma/lemon dressing. Few beets and more greens, the citrus vinaigrette was the star of this fresh salad.
Salmon Crudo – Scottish salmon/horseradish/lemon/capers/olive oil/pickled shallots/chives. Wonderfully delicate bite, further brightened by the citrusy flavors of lemon, capers, and pickled shallots.
Papas Bravas – crispy red potatoes/aioli/spicy tomato sauce. Lightly fried spuds, smoky and rich tomato sauce, simply satisfying.
Datiles con Pan – medjool dates/goat cheese mousse/pan rustic/preserved lemon curd/honey/arugula. Thoughtfully constructed, with great attention paid to the balance of savory, sweet, and sour flavors; I was in love!
Croquetas de Jamon – kurobuta ham & potato croquettes/chives/manchego cheese/aioli. Grease-free and tender, what’s there not to love?
Gambas al Ajillo – shrimp/garlic/lemon/olive oil. Juicy and tender shrimp singing with garlic and olive oil.
Pintxo de Res – beef tenderloin skewers/green olive puree. A dish I might see more in an Asian or Mexican restaurant. Beautifully cooked beef, fresh green olive sauce, a winner on our table.
Croquetas de Bacalao – cod & potato croquettes/lemon/honey aioli. Cause one cannot ever get tired of these airy delicious bites.
Chorizo y Papas – chorizo/red potatoes/fried egg/chorizo oil. A humble dish which perhaps belongs better on the brunch table. Chorizo is pure culinary pixie dust. One meager link can render such complexity and flavor to the humblest ingredients. Add comforting potatoes and a fried egg, there is always place for it in my heart.
Lomo DE Cerdo – pork tenderloin/roasted peaches/walnuts/sweet onion/ arugula/pork jus. Lomo a Central/South American cooking technique, renders the humble pork tenderloin succulent and brimming with bold flavors. Absolutely brilliant! Equally delicious and contrasting the rich flavors was the generous portion of salad.
5th Course: By now I was totally stuffed, thankfully the dessert portions were literally bite sized, satisfying my sweet palate.
Crema Catalana – orange/fresh mint/sugar glass. Silky crème brûlée, caramelized crust on the table, fresh orange slices; soulfully satisfying.
Flan – vanilla espuma/fresh mint/caramel/vanilla crisps. A quintessential Spanish dessert, minimalist approach, gorgeous plating; perfection!
Barra de Chocolate – chocolate sponge cake/chocolate mousse/hazelnut crisp/berries/hazelnut ice cream. A welcome surprise – contemporary presentation and delightfully delicious.
Fresh is Flavorful is what resonated in mind through out my entire enthralling evening. A refreshing welcome to Orlando’s tourist mecca from the owners of Tavern Opa; Tapa Toro with it’s small plates brimming with big flavors, attentive and professional staff, the most charming Flamenco dancer and instructor Ms. Tammi; Tapa Toro will literally having you rocking to their beat in no time.
In a Tapas bar, I want to taste everything that they have to offer…And the Hispanic Heritage Menu allows me to experience quite a few dishes at the most affordable price. Do the math – more people equals more dishes!!
So do yourself a favor and take advantage of this limited delicious offer, you just might earn the ‘foodie title’ with your friends and family. And remember to shoot me an email or comment in this post narrating your experience.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is available for a limited period from September 1st to October 15th.