Toro Bravo in Fortitude Valley

Toro Bravo is located on Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley. They specialize in tapas and steak. Coincidently, tapas and steak are two of our favourite things so we were overjoyed when we were invited to dinner. Here's a little history on Toro Bravo:

Pictured above are our two favourite wines from Toro Bravo, the dining area, and the smoked pork belly slider

Toro Bravo began as Bravo Wine Bar. In 2002, they opened Monsoon Panasian restaurant adjacent to Bravo Wine Bar. In 2009 after 7 years Monsoon became Bravo Bar B Que- a chargrill restaurant. The truly exception seafood, poultry, and steak saw Bravo Bar B Que being recognized as 'Best Steak Restaurant Queensland'. After 15 great years Bravo Wine Bar was able to secure a long term lease. Bravo Bar B Que was unfortunately not able to do so and closed it's doors in December of last year. This upset sparked a major transformation. They began to set plans in motion to create a restaurant that would encompass the best parts of both restaurants (Bravo Wine Bar & Bravo Bar B Que)...and so Toro Bravo was born! Toro Bravo combines the amazing tapas from Bravo Wine Bar with the beautiful chargrilled produce from Bravo Bar B Que. 

We decided to catch an early dinner at Toro Bravo. We arrived around 5:30pm to a surprisingly quiet restaurant. Not that we were complaining we managed to get a free parking space right outside the building! The place is absolutely gorgeous inside. The decor at Toro Bravo is very stylish. They even have a fire place. This is sure to attract cold, hungry customers with winter approaching. It has that romantic & sophisticated vibe you traditionally get at a Spanish restaurant. The atmosphere was very relaxing. We could immediately envision ourselves seated by the fire sharing a few cocktails with friends. 

Lots of large tables-perfect for groups...
We were immediately greeted by a very cordial waiter who showed us to our table. We took one look at the menu and were overwhelmed by the variety. As we say when in doubt ask the staff! Our waiter was more than happy to give us a hand. The tapas menu at Toro Bravo is designed for single serve. Given they were small and very affordable we decided to be adventurous and try one of everything on it!

The options on the current tapas menu at Toro Bravo are as follows: 

Chicken & chargrilled corn koftas w. harissa & preserved lemon...Jamon & fire roasted pepper croquettes w. chilli tomato...baked streaky bacon wrapped dates w. warm honey...tomato-basil- manchego arancini...chargrilled lamb & queso halloumi skewers w. rosemary oil...and chicken & green chilli spring rolls w. sour orange dip...

Incredibly delicious! The tapas menu is an explosion of beautiful savoury & sweet flavours! You can't choose just one. The arancini and the bacon wraped dates are a MUST TRY. 

We  enjoyed the crunchy chicken spring roll. The halloumi and lamb skewers were juicy and tender (Darrell's favourite)

From the Montadito menu we ordered the smoked pork shoulder slow cooked in beer w. aioli & pickled zucchini on a soft bun...

This dish warms the soul. Perfectly slow cooked pork shoulder between a warm, soft bun. Delicious.

The Racion menu at Toro Bravo are larger style tapas made for sharing. We chose two dishes off the Racion menu:

Seafood & chicken paella w. summer greens...crisp fried calamari in spiced rice flour w. aioli...

This dish has a VERY generous amount of seafood. So many juicy prawns- heaven!

Tender calamari is so hard to find. Toro Bravo's calamari ticked all the boxes. One of the best we've had.

For our mains we had:

300g eye fillet cooked medium rare with sage & mushroom sauce & potato gratin....and Moroccan spiced salmon w. roasted tomato & potato mash, wilted spinach...

This steak really speaks for itself. I mean look at it! Toro Bravo knows the secret to a great steak. So tender! The mushroom & sage sauce compliments this meal very well. 

One of my favourite dishes of the night! The salmon was seasoned to perfection. The skin was extra crunchy and the meat of the fish flaked at the forked. Every element on this dish was spot on. I would have this again and again!

Chef Chris Anderson is a master in the kitchen. The food was sensational we are still raving about it to our family and friends. Everything came out in perfect time. The staff are very professional and attentive. I think it's safe to say this is one of our favourite restaurants in Brisbane. Try Toro Bravo for yourself!

*more pictures from our Spanish feast below 

**Update: Toro Bravo will also be the sponsor of our first official 'Eat Brisbane' instameet ! Follow @eatbrisbane on instagram to stay updated.

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*AmeriAus was the guest of Toro Bravo. All opinions expressed are our own.