Thurs night,7/11/13. They opened the doors at 5:30 and filled the place.
At 5:45, we got the last 2 indoor seats- those horribly uncomfortable
plank-seated stools at the window counter (one plus about this location- less noise than other spots in the cacaphony.)
Briefly: service was excellent, food and bar terrific.
Tuna ceviche in coconut milk,chiles, scallion
Foie gras with hazelnut praline crumble and cider vinegar gastrique
Roast Veal w/ chanterelles and edamame
Ham, cheese potato croquette
Red Sangria- full bodied, fruity and dry; no soda water, and not cloyingly sweet
That signature grilled corn with spicy mayo, queso fresco, lime
(not good to order in the winter but really great now)
That Catalan Eggplant .........sigh............
Suquet of seafood w/ romesco
Paella Valenciana w/ seafood and chorizo
It's possibly faulty memory, but i didn't know you could get 1/2 portions of paella there.
We ordered the half and it was perfect size when preceded by all our other tapas.
I have had Toro's paella a number of times over the years; last time the rice had a very burnt bottom crust that ruined it(i returned it) but tonight's was the pinnacle of perfection.
(I'm guessing that they cooked it in another pan and transferred it into the pan i rcv'd.) It was so moist with saucy binder and filled with chorizo, shrimp, lobster, clams, chicken (we nixed the mussels.) The ultimate example of Sabrosa! I would be so happy to eat this once a week. Next time we'll aim for a Tues/Wed just before 5:30.