120 NE Russell St
Do you really need to me write a review about a place that gets so much attention? Probably not, so I will keep it short and sweet. Let me just say if you haven’t been, you need to go.
Toro Bravo is a Tapas bar, so you get tons of tastes. I think I really like that. I like trying things, and even their larger plates had half serving options. We tried a lot.
I had read a tip that Wednesdays are great days to go because it seems less crowded. We also thougt maybe because it was the end of the month that could help too. What ever the magic combination is or was it worked. We did show up right at 5:15 and there were plenty of tables, so we chose the chefs counter because we liked to watch what’s happening and ask questions.
We started with the bacon wrapped dates and then of course since it was spring we had to try nettles on crusty bread. Yum! Both were fantastic. We saw the “balls” being cooked as we sat and ate our other food and found that they were crab and pork balls, and the guy told us they were his favorite menu item, so of course we jumped on that. I have to say, I did not love them, but my husband thought they were pretty awesome.
The drunken pork on avocado was our list of maybe we should try, then a friend who loves this place texted me and said, don’t miss the drunken pork. Glad she said something, because this dish was fantastic. We had a small plate, but wished we would have done a whole order. So good!!
We also got the Empanada. I’m not a huge fan of those, but this one was pretty darn good. The one thing I was the most excited about was the burger. (I took a picture, but it was just too dark, sorry) Many people claim it’s one of the best in Portland, our server said it was definitely the best in town. I have to say I can’t tell you if it is or it isn’t. Ours was over salted and I just couldn’t taste the extra sauce they use or anything. Such a let down. It was very juicy, that I do know, but it was so very salty.
Aside from the burger we really liked this place. By the time we left that place was hopping. So glad we got in early and got our seat. This place was listed in Portland Monthly’s Cheap Eats. I would not agree with that. Yes the dates are $2 each, but you would have to eat a lot of get filled up and by that time it wouldn’t be cheap eats anymore.
- Atmosphere is very light bright and open. Lots of communal tables, which helps them seat big and small groups.
- Service was awesome. Drinks were always full and they check in often knowing that the plates are small and you will always be ordering more.
- Pricing was pretty good. It does add up, but at the same time I felt like we got quite a bit of food for our money.
- They had lots of cocktails, good wine list and a few beers on tap.
- Toro Bravo is located on NE Russel Street.