– Scottsdale Dining – Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the Scottsdale Princess Resort –
If you have not had a chance to visit Toro yet, it is definitely worth a trip. Toro is one of the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess’ restaurants and it is located in the clubhouse at TPC Scottsdale.
The space itself is elegant, but not formal, and most of the restaurant is glass walls overlooking the gorgeous 18th green of TPC Scottsdale and the valley beyond. Plus, there is ample patio seating for diners to enjoy Scottsdale’s wonderful climate.
We were there for dinner and got there just prior to the sunset. We watched the last golfers of the day wrap up on 18 as the sun went down.
Our server was wonderful and walked us through the cuisine and drink offerings. The menu is a blend of Japanese, Peruvian and other Central and South American flavors. You can get Suviche, a play on sushi and ceviche, as well as plenty of hot foods, flatbreads, grilled meats and seafood entrees.
We decided to try a lot of smaller dishes to sample the menu. We started with the Crispy Calamari with a ginger sauce and chipotle mayo. The calamari were some of the best I have had in recent memory. They were perfectly seasoned and light and the sauces were great.
We also picked a few items from the Suviche Bar and were glad we did. We had the Tuna Tiradito, which was a tuna ceviche in a citrusy ponzu sauce with cilantro and avocado. It was fresh and bright from all of the citrus. We also had the Angry Tuna Roll, a dressed-up version of a spicy tuna roll and the Crunchy Shrimp Roll. Both were excellent.
The Caesar Salad was a huge hit. In lieu of croutons, it came with crispy quinoa, which was something I had never had before and really enjoyed. It also came with chipotle roasted tomatoes and thinly shaved parmesan. This was one of the best salads I have had in a while.
The final dish we ordered was the Parmesan Crusted Sea Scallops in lemon butter. I did not get a chance to try them, but the presentation was beautiful and our dining companion very much enjoyed them.
Besides the food, Toro is also a rum bar, with over 100 rums to choose from. They have a long list of rum drinks as well as tasting options. And, if rum is not your drink of choice, they have a full bar and well-rounded wine list as well as non-alcoholic options.
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
17020 N Hayden Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
(480) 585-4848 ext. 7374
– Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus weekend brunch