Chef Sandoval offers menu suggestions for a date night at Toro Toro, the culturally rich downtown pan-Latin steakhouse
Combining vibrant flavors and cultures, Chef Sandoval’s unique pan-Latin steakhouse concept in Fort Worth is the perfect place to take friends and loved ones this summer for a mix of fine culture and cowboy. Toro Toro not only offers a great happy hour and daily features, but also extends its weekend brunch (voted Best Of Fort Worth 2022) – so now you can enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
To walk in Toro Toro In downtown Fort Worth, you can’t help but feel the energy shift as you step into an area where Latin cuisine meets the heart of Fort Worth in the beautiful first floor of the Worthington Renaissance Hotel. This unique pan-Latin steakhouse is both culturally rich and intentionally designed.
Chef Richard Sandoval shares a bit of his inspiration and gives us an insight into this restaurant concept. Toro Toro started it all with Sandoval’s upbringing in Mexico City, where a love of tasty, vibrant food became part of his DNA while working in his father’s restaurant. Sandoval has now successfully brought Toro Toro to many major cities around the world.
When Sandoval opened its first restaurant in the USA 30 years ago, its goal was to reintroduce Mexican and Latin flavors in an authentic and refined presentation. “The Mexican food I was tasting in the United States at the time was completely different from the one I had been raised in,” says Sandoval. After living in the United States, Sandoval felt like something was missing from the Mexican cuisine he grew up in. “The main reason being that the food of Mexico here (in the United States) in the early 1990s was always considered very cheap, very cheap, so I wanted to introduce people to the richness of food from my culture and my country.” Witness to this, chef Sandoval’s flagship restaurant in New York, MAYA, was the first Mexican concept to receive 2 stars from the New York Times and is still in the MICHELIN guide in 2022, 25 years later.
Sandoval, a former professional tennis player, quit the game and decided to try serving culinary delights. Today, Sandoval has developed several successful restaurant concepts around the world. “My father taught me the business side of restaurants and my grandmother taught me many recipes that I have kept to this day,” says Sandoval.
Inspired by Latin traditions and the art of cooking over a fire, the Toro Toro concept offers an open kitchen with a wood-fired grill, meats presented and cut at the table, ceviches, tiraditos and family antojitos.
For a date night in Fort Worth, you can’t go wrong with any of the menu items at this open concept kitchen. Sandoval recommends “any of our ceviches and our sweet corn empanadas are amazing to share. I would recommend the Churrasco skewer for two which is presented and cut at the table with grilled barbecue chicken, Brazilian style Wagyu picanha steak, Ribeye and Colorado lamb chops which you can combine with our roasted Brussels sprouts or our avocado grilled,” he says.
You won’t want to miss a sumptuous desert to end the night on a sweet note. Sandoval suggests La Bomba, an interactive dessert for two. This molded chocolate half-sphere bowl sits on the table to reveal cajeta, strawberry and chocolate ice cream and brownie bites. The grand finale to complete this edible art is applied by your server – a generous drizzle of vanilla and raspberry syrup.
Chef Sandoval credits his family, namely his grandmother, for the significant impact they had on the Toro Toro concept. Sandoval has vivid memories of her grandmother’s authentic traditional cooking. When he recalls the ingredients she used in her cooking, he remembers avocados, masa, and yellow corn cake. You can see that he incorporates many of these important ingredients into several menu items – yellow corn cake is one of the unique desserts offered at Toro Toro.
With daily features, every day is a good day to visit Toro Toro. Taco Tuesday is hard enough to pass up, but you can be sure there are great meals waiting for you on any day of your choosing.