The newest Friday brunch in D-town has just been launched in Toro Toro Doha at Marsa Malaz Kempinski. Last Friday, we were one of the few (or many?) to try it out with the acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval himself welcoming us.
It’s been one of our to-visit restaurants here in Doha specially since we’ve always had great meals in Maya Restaurant at Le Royal Meridien in Dubai which is also a restaurant by Chef Richard Sandoval. I have to admit though that a few negative reviews from fellow bloggers about Toro Toro Doha have greatly affected my decision to delay trying it out. Let’s face it, prices aren’t at all cheap here and the location as well is so far away from me. I would want to have an assurance that the travel time and money I’ll spend would be worth it before I go there.
So did I think it’s worth the travel time and money? Let’s see.
As we passed through two statues of bulls at the entrance of Toro Toro Doha, the sleek design of the restaurant itself welcomed us. The stunning view of the sea and the pastel-colored houses of The Pearl creates such a great contrast to the sexy and bold interior of the restaurant. The outdoor seating area also looks promising. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’d be able to enjoy it these days what with the summer heat already enveloping the whole city.
Friday brunch at Toro Toro Doha is set to spoil you – there is no buffet table where you have to queue to serve yourself as everything is brought to your table. As soon as most of the guests arrived (I don’t really understand why people would arrive late on a Friday brunch/media event) the food started to flow. Thank God because I was already famished (not the restaurant’s fault, most guests were late).
Cold starters were the first to arrive: guacamole and tortilla chips which I pigged out on, tuna tataki and chipotle salad were also served. I wasn’t a big fan of tuna tataki but that’s because I’m really not a big fan of raw fish.
For hot appetizers, we had tostadas de carne which I loved as the beef meat was so tender and had great flavors. Cachapas which had the salty cheesy taste of the halloumi combined with the sweet flavors of tomato jam wrapped in corn pancake was incredible! I’m surprised that I was able to control myself from eating another portion of it. Served next was the anticucho de pescado which I didn’t really like. The sauce was too much for my taste.
After the appetizers, rodizio style dining is next which promises lots of meat – as much as you can eat. The servers bearing swords of meat walked out of the kitchen and carved it straight on our plate. From among the meat served, I really loved the succulent picanha, the pollo a la parilla which was bursting in flavors and the huge serving of shrimps. Each and every item tasted so good that even if I was already full I would still say yes to the server to carve some more meat on my plate just to get a taste of it.
When we all finally had enough of the meat, desserts came which was served on a wooden tray. An assortment of Latin American desserts for you to choose from. Since I’m not a big fan of desserts, I only had churros which tasted so good I almost finished the whole serving of it which was supposed to be shared.
It was a wonderful Friday brunch experience, I do think if I will ever go back to Toro Toro Doha in the coming days it would definitely be for a Friday brunch. I’m not a big fan of buffets so I do love the concept of a rodizio-style Friday brunch. The number of meat served was enough for you to be able to try it all without feeling so bloated afterwards. As I’ve mentioned over and over again, I’m always for quality over quantity.
And to answer my question in the beginning of this post; Yes! The travel time and money you’ll spend is worth it at Toro Toro Doha’s Friday brunch.
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I was a guest of Toro Toro Doha during this Friday brunch however as always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.