The Four Seasons Hotel located in Downtown Houston has undergone many new developments, making the posh hotel a premier location for high-end shopping, and luxurious dining. Toro Toro, the pan-Latin steakhouse placed inside the hotel, elevates the tableside carving, Brazilian churrasco experience.
Toro Toro is helmed by Chef Richard Sandoval, who formerly opened restaurants Maya in New York and multiple whiskey bars in the Four Seasons. Much like its name, Toro Toro一Spanish for bull and Japanese for tuna一the menu is home to juicy meats and delectable seafood. The carefully curated menu explores the vibrant fare of Central and South America, along with Sandoval’s creative culinary expertise. Choosing to call the cuisine pan-Latin, serves the restaurant well, as it fuses together many different bold flavors across the world.
Making dinner selections was a no-brainer with the help of the well-informed staff, who also explained the history and culture behind the coveted pan-Latin restaurant. Dubbed a “kitchen without borders” by Sandoval himself, you’ll surely take a flavorful journey through Latin America.
My waiter, Miguel, recommended the best Tapas on the menu, which included the Peruvian Ceviche and the Mexican Short Rib Tacos, which were bursting with flavor. Made with Chili-Arbol peanut sauce, yuzu avocado, and crispy potato, the small plate was a huge hit, packed with spices. Next, I was given a wedge salad that puts all other salads to shame. Albeit salad, the plate was large, topped with crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, a 6-minute egg, and poblano blue cheese dressing.
For the entree, I delighted in the highly praised 8-ounce filet mignon. While some steaks may require steak sauce on the side to supplement its flavor, the Toro Toro steak can stand on its own. The meat was tender and cooked to perfection. I chose the extra cheesy lobster mac and the truffle fries as sides, and both were equally as satisfying.
Despite barely having room for dessert, Miguel told me I couldn’t leave without trying the homemade churros. The fried dough served with cinnamon sugar, caramel cajeta sauce, and goat cheese was the perfect way to close out an already gratifying evening.
Latin fare aside, the restaurant’s ambiance was also important to highlight. The third floor of the Four Seasons is aesthetically designed in a sleek, lounge-like format, making the ambiance quite relaxing. Toro Toro is the ideal restaurant to bring a large party or a sophisticated post-work happy hour. Either way, you’ll leave pleased.
Toro Toro, 1300 Lamar Street. Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. For more information or to make reservations, visit, https://www.torotorohouston.com.