The new re-invented Toro Bravo stands where Bravo Wine Bar and Bistro previously used to be.
A large spacious venue is a mix of a bar, al fresco dining and indoor restaurant.
Their new identity boasts a menu full of tapas, raciones (more substantial plates) as well as main menu of various grilled meat options. They have a large variety of Spanish wines and beers as well as creative cocktails including jugs of sangria.
We order one of each tapas, which are single items. We shared a tidbit of each. These tiny morsels, as originally designed, are great to snack on paired with a drink.
We followed the tapas with a large selection of raciones. It’s always a little hard to decide how many of these plates to order as it’s hard to tell how big the servings are. We went with 5 different plates plus a little montadito (tapas-sized bun) for Nic!
The favourite was the meatballs made with chorizo meat and served in a dark sticky, smoky romesco sauce. It was rich and flavourful. The seafood and chicken paella with summer greens was also a stand out. It had a good generous selection of seafood and all the ingredients tasted fresh.
We couldn’t finish all of the bravas (a smashed, spicy fried potato side dish) even though they were deliciously crisp and super soft on the inside. There must have been at least 3-4 potatoes in the heaped bowl! Definitely one for sharing amongst 3+ people.
We were slightly disappointed that both the charred chicken and the octopus were dry and overcooked. They had the potential to be great dishes. The chicken tasted good, especially with the lemon yoghurt.
In hindsight, one could get away with ordering less dishes! I’d probably suggest 3-4 plates for two. Especially if one of the plates is the bravas or the paella as both are massive servings and very filling.
I couldn’t say no to dessert and again Nic and I shared these. Our favourite was the sour cherry clafoutis with vanilla ice cream. The warmed clafoutis was buttery and light and spongy in texture. The cherries were delicious with the vanilla ice cream. Hot and cold desserts are one of my favourite things.
The creme catalana was also quite good. There was a zingy, lemony freshness in the smooth custard and the burnt sugar on top provided that all-satisfying crack.
The desserts were both well done and a great way to end the meal.
There’s a bus stop right outside Bravo Toro for those whose food comas are all too much too!
They currently have two-for-one Tuesdays when purchasing a drink. Need a better excuse to visit Toro Bravo? Check out their full menu here!
Dining details: 6pm dinner for two, Thursday night
The verdict: come here in a group to maximise the amount of food you want to eat! You will want to try them all. This place is huge and has plenty of seating. Great for dates, groups and it’s even family friendly with a special kids menu!
This restaurant wins the award for: all the small things!
Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm to late
Sunday – Monday: 4pm to late
455 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
We dined as guests on behalf of Toro Bravo.