By Lynette Carrington
Perched overlooking the golfing greens at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar. Recently, Toro invited a group of media out to experience some of the items on its new brunch menu and the offerings were engaging, delicious and imparted Latin influences in sometimes subtle and unexpected ways. Here is a recap of the delicious mid-morning experience.
We were greeted on the back patio by Ritmo Latino with Besame Mucho providing beautiful Latin music as we took our seats overlooking the well-manicured resort greens. We were offered mimosas and savory bloody marys.
The first offerings to the table included a trio of sushi, each with a little touch of Latin that was both unique and delicious. The achevichado roll included hamachi, aji Amarillo campachi, jalapeno ponzu, red onion, togarshi, cilantro and avocado. Next was the surf and turf roll with spicy crab, cucumber, tempura shrimp, avocado, New York steak, truffle chimichurri and churrasco aiolo. Finally, was the Havana roll with spicy crab, cucumber, avocado, sweet plantain, crispy potato and a maple-miso glaze. All three rolls were thoughtfully prepared. The Havana roll topped with the semi-sweet plantain was outstanding and certainly an expected combination of flavors and textures that worked perfectly!
Next, we enjoyed a very filling first course, the grilled avocado toast. It seems that lots of places have a version of avocado toast, and I won’t personally be satisfied until I try every last one of them! The Toro version included thick-sliced toasted bread with charred corn, chimichurri and sliced and fanned avocado that covered the entire bread. Dare I say that this yummy avocado toast was almost filling enough to be its own meal!
What would a brunch in Arizona be without huevos rancheros? The Toro interpretation included corn poblano tortillas and over easy eggs with black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, red sauce and crema. Surprisingly, the tortillas were ever so slightly sweet, and the dish was a lovely version of huevos rancheros that I have not found elsewhere.
Our final main course was undoubtedly the most decadent. The churro French toast features cinnamon brioche, flash fried and served with cajeta, Peruvian chocolate and strawberry. This interpretation of a breakfast staple will dazzle kids and adults alike. This dish is very decadent and you might want to consider splitting it.
Finally, it was time for dessert, and it was the bomb! Literally. “La Bomba” is the signature dessert at Toro and it is big enough for everyone at the table. This incredible dessert consists of gelato, sorbeto and ice cream topped with edible flowers, all tucked inside a massive chocolate bowl. On the count of three, the server drops the heavy bowl onto a mat in the center of the table. Everyone at the table shouts “La Bomba” and the whole delicious bowl breaks open on the table where it’s then promptly coated with raspberry and passionfruit sauces and a decadent drizzle of crema sauce. This is a one-of-a-kind dessert experience you won’t want to miss. Take the kids!
Other restaurants on the property include Bourbon Steak and La Hacienda. No matter the occasion or meal, you’ll find the perfect place to nosh at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar is located at 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Visit Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or call (480) 585-4848 for additional information.