Latin Brunch at Toro Toro

A Rodizio-style brunch in a popular  Latin American restaurant

Latin Brunch at Toro Toro

We love A a good steak brunch and we come to this popular steakhouse on a Friday to see if the afternoon affair comes anywhere close to the evening’s à la carte experience. There’s a nice al fresco seating area but we choose to stay indoors because of how cosy the leather couches look.

You’ll have to pass two metal bulls at the entrance to get in and we recommend taking all your pictures before brunch or run the risk of actually looking like one of them post brunch.

Toro Toro is all about dark accents, wood tones and impactful interiors. We can see the beautiful waters across Marsa Malaz through striking floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s plenty of light and it really brightens up an otherwise warm, low-lit restaurant.

We notice a spread of starters across us and a little à la carte, too. You can have the starters brought to your table but we decide to walk it and grab a few items straight from the spread.

The signature guacamole is light and refreshin,g as always, and the tuna tostadas have a delightful crunch. There’s a mix of cold and hot starters. Our favourites from the former are the sea bass tiradito, with a citrusy twang and a subtle kick from the jalapeños and the Explosion maki, with tempura prawns and Sriracha.

The hot starters feature mostly deep-fried items, from which the crispy jumbo prawns drizzled with a sweet sauce are excellent. The brisket sliders are delicious, too.

Like any churrascaria, we’re given little cards with red and green sides which tell the staff if we’re done or can keep going.

The Rodizio service commences and the picanha, which we’re eagerly anticipating, isn’t as juicy as we’d like. But the rib-eye and flank steak that come soon after are superior, perfectly cooked just as requested. Although the rib-eye comes out medium rare only the second time around. There’s a chicken achiote that’s rather tasty but we’d like to focus on what’s important – the beef.

A few more varieties of cuts would frankly be very welcome. The sides are tasty enough, though, and include a spiced rice with paprika and green peas, confit potato with chimichurri and a typical salad with lettuce.

We green-card through a few rounds until we’re filled to the brim with plenty  of medium rare steaks.

The grilled pineapple is a wonderful palette cleanser, and we end up eating a little too much. Not enough, however, to stop us from jumping to dessert, after a 20-minute break.

We aren’t expecting it but turns out the dessert is the most exciting leg of the entire journey. The staff spread a large plastic sheet on the table and proceed to create what could be considered a work of art. There’s a lot of breaking, pouring and splashing, and if Jackson Pollock was at this dining table, he’d be mighty proud.

Luckily, it’s fully edible. The La Bomba is a brilliant combination of chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream, crispy chocolate, berries, churros and fruity sauces. It’s simple but so decadent. We praise every single morsel of sugary goodness we consume.

The service is quick but not flawless. There’s no live band today and the ambience isn’t as lively as we’d like but it’s expected when the weather is this pleasant and Doha’s most discerning diners prefer to grace the more popular outdoor brunches (the terrace isn’t very busy here).

It’s a really good brunch overall, our drinks are always topped up, the churrasco skewers are constantly at arm’s length and the dessert gimmick is as good on the palate as it is on the eyes. Barring an average picanha, we really don’t have much to fault with Toro Toro’s Latin Brunch.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (selected beverages), QR99 (kids from six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5101).

A Rodizio-style brunch in a popular  Latin American restaurant

For the tasty starters, a few good cuts and the dessert

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