When a friend proposed dinner at Torito Tapas tonight, I did not know the recent plaudits lavished on this Kensington Market restaurant (cheek by jowl with the struggling La Palette which could learn a thing or two from Torito's service !)
We were struck by the willingness of the staff to please - more bread ? no problem. Fill up the wine glasses. How about some water ? This sort of relaxed but very attentive service is, sadly, not matched by many of the five-star eateries in town.
Food was uniformly very good - toothsome salad with almonds and cheese, an outstanding lamb loaf in a saffron-almond sauce, fine hanger steak, great plate of the Spanish version of prosciutto, roast taters with chorizo in a tomato sauce - quite spicy - and a lovely almond cake with quince and creme fraiche to share for dessert. Very reasonable wine list.
Simple, warm room with a variety of seating available, at the bar, on high stools at high tables, low down at regular tables - nothing too much trouble.
A winner !