Toro Toro

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It perhaps won’t come as a surprise to you that we’re saying the slick, chic, and smart Toro Toro is a must-try. The restaurant, serving an array of dishes from Latin America, has celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s name on it (the man who is also behind Pampano on The Pearl-Qatar), and is the second in the region, following the very successful branch in Dubai’s Grosvenor House.

In Doha you’ll find it on The Pearl as part of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s annex of swish restaurants (also including Antica Pesa and Nozomi). The triumvirate are proving to be a real hotspot in the capital, with excellent dining rooms and bars, as well top-notch food.

Toro Toro is dimly-lit, creating a definite night-time atmosphere. However, it also makes the menus a little hard to read. No matter – the staff are routinely excellent. Everyone we speak to is extremely clued up about the menu, with most hailing from South America. The suggestions they make almost all hit the spot with us, and we’d be happy to go back and try some of their others. The menu is mainly made up of smaller sharing plates. About three per person is about right.

Sea bass ceviche, with avocado, onion, coriander and carrot, is a good-looking dish. The fish itself (which is so often bland) is given a mighty upheaval by being served ceviche-style.

The tuna tataki – just seared tuna drizzled in a creamy capsicum sauce – is light and fresh, making both dishes so far winners. Things take a more hearty, but certainly tasty, turn with the cachapas, a Venezuelan corn pancake with cheese and a rich tomato jam.

We turn to meat next, with some short ribs (a little uninspiring) and the excellent palomilla de res. The Cuban beef dish is the highlight of our meal – the black pepper sauce that it comes in is knockout.

Desserts are an indulgent but excellent end to the Toro Toro experience. The Tex Mex brownie should come with a warning (it’s almost as rich as our fellow diners) but the suspiro de lemiña is fantastic. The Peruvian specialty is a limey, custardy, meringuey delight.

The bill
1x tuna tataki QR75
1x sea bass ceviche QR85
1x shrimp roll QR75
1x cachapas QR60
1x short ribs QR65
1x palomilla de res QR130
1x guacamole QR60
1x supsiro de limena QR50
1x Tex-Mex brownie QR50
1x water QR35
1X cappuccino QR28
1x mate chimaro QR30
Total QR743

The bottom line A slick, smart restaurant with excellent staff. Most dishes are great, while some are just okay.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: 4035 5101
  • Travel: The Pearl
  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Times: Open Sat-Wed 7pm-midnight, Thu 7pm-1am, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-1am, closed Sun

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