My SO has suggested Spanish tapas as his choice for his 40th birthday dinner. Right now, we're planning on it being just the two of us, but I'm toying with the idea of inviting another couple to join us. We haven't yet been to either Cava or Torito, but which should I choose for a) food b) ambiance c) service? I am aware that the two restaurants are in different price points. For this particular evening, I won't consider price as a factor.
Based on what I've seen of the two restaurants' menus online, it would seem to me that Torito's menu is closer to what one would traditionally expect from (essentially) Spanish tapas, while Cava's menu takes more liberties with the concept and is quite playful. Can anyone comment on the two menus and the execution of dishes?
Are the dishes at each restaurant true to Spanish tapas, size-wise? Can we expect a $16.00 plate at Cava to be tapas-sized or will it be a more "small plates" size, meaning more substantial? For that matter, will a $7 plate at Torito be tea saucer-sized and really only a few bites on the plate? If 6 dishes are suggested at Cava, is that also true at Torito? I have a tendency to go nuts and order too much, subsequently stuffing myself silly. What is a realistic number of dishes to order for two that will give us lots of variety on the table, but not too much? We're not dessert eaters so the focus will be on great food and wines ... and of course, good company!
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