Toro at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Debuts New Brunch Menu
It's fall in Arizona, and that means prime patio dining weather with leisurely lunches, dazzling dinners and bountiful brunches. Of course, this is all enhanced by our beautiful vistas, such as the lush greens of the TPC Stadium Course and views of the McDowell Mountains found at Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar.
Located in the TPC Clubhouse at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA Five Diamond luxury resort, Toro is a collaboration with celebrity chef Richard Sandoval and boasts a Pan Latin menu presenting Central and South American flavors with Asian accents.
Earlier this month, Toro (a personal favorite as I've mentioned here) hosted a media preview to introduce us to some of the new dishes. We were greeted with Misterioso Mimosas with champagne, vodka, fresh grapefruit juice and a dash of bitters, and Toro Signature Bloody Marys...
live music by Ritmo Latino (you can hear them on my video here)...
and Pan de Chango (first photo above) and Lemon-Buttermilk Pancake skewers.
General Manager Miljan Vidovic extended a warm welcome as we were seated. "Welcome to Toro. This is definitely my and Chef Fernando Fernandez' [Executive Chef of Toro] second home, we love it here. We are really excited to showcase our new brunch menu and what we have to offer. And don't forget, we're also home to over 150 rums."
We were also introduced to other members of the extraordinary culinary team - Conor Favre, Executive Chef of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Sara Garrant, the new Executive Chef of Bourbon Steak, Chef Fidencio Alatriste of Toro, and Executive Chef Forest Hamrick of La Hacienda.
We started with three inventive sushi rolls: Havana Roll with spicy crab, cucumber, avocado, caramelized plantains, and miso glaze topped with a thatch of fried potatoes; Acevichado with hamachi, kanpachi, avocado, jalapeno ponzu, and aji amarillo; and Surf and Turf with crab, tempura shrimp, cucumber, avocado, thinly-sliced NY strip, and truffle chimichurri with a churrasco aioli. Chef Fernandez told me the Acevichado is his favorite, but I couldn't decide - they were all uniquely delicious!
Our next plate brought Avocado Toast, always a crowd favorite, gussied up with charred corn, a fried egg, and a zesty chimichurri.
The Huevos Rancheros (or Huevos Divorciados since they were topped with both salsa verde and salsa roja) were the best I've ever had. I especially loved the handmade poblano corn tortillas and excellent salsas.
I tend to order from the savory side of the menu, but I'll be straying at Toro. The Churro French Toast made with cinnamon brioche was crunchy on the outside with a cinnamon-scented creamy center and drizzled with cajeta.
And of course, no visit to Toro is complete without the signature La Bomba dessert, a chocolate bowl filled with ice cream, cake, and cream cheese mousse finished with a trio of caramel, vanilla, and berry sauces, that comes with a show (you'll have to visit and order to find out for yourself!)
And here are two insider's tips: Visit any of the restaurants at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, now through November 12, mention Fairmont Foodie Friends, and you'll receive a free appetizer or dessert. And if you like it fiery, be sure to ask for the off-menu house Special Sauce at Toro.
Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Find an extensive selection of craft cocktails (how about a Breakfast Old Fashioned?), favorites including frittatas, pancakes, and eggs Benedict, and unique fusion dishes on Toro's creative brunch menu.