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87 Hammersmith Road
A restaurant dedicated to the world’s best steaks, straight from the Argentinean pampas, El Toro provides a unique South American dining experience in the centre of well-to-do Hammersmith. Family
run and relaxed, El Toro is a neighbourhood favourite with a comfortable but trend-led interior and an always friendly welcome. In addition to the mouth-watering steak menu with its Argentinean
raised Aberdeen Angus beef in various cuts and with a range of sides and sauces, El Toro offers a wide grill selection with fish of particular note plus Italian pizzas and pasta dishes for those of
a less carnivorous nature. Fajitas and tacos also feature – ideal for a quick and easy lunch or a hearty snack – while a very affordable dessert menu completes the picture.
87 Hammersmith Road
020 7602 5161
Kensington Olympia Tube Station 293m
Kensington Olympia Station 446m
Charles House 447m
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My sister decided to treat me to a dinner on Saturday night and purchased the Wowcher deal for 2 to dine at El Toro. What a HUGE disappointment for what should have been a lovely Saturday night meal. The actual restaurant is outdated in terms of decor – along the lines of one of those tacky theme restaurants you get on Costa Fiver etc. and then the food – they might as well have photos of the food they serve on the outside of the restaurant as it's that type of tacky restaurant. Although, to be honest, no point in having pictures of their food on display as they probably wouldn't get any customers hence the reason they're constantly offering promotions on Groupon and Wowcher as otherwise they'd have even less people going there than at present!
Now onto the food…the presentation, the quality, the cooking – ALL of it was dire!! We tried the chorizo starter and the empanadas but the chorizo sausage was like eating a 3 inch bullet and almost damaged my teeth, the beef empanadas would have been ok had they not overcooked the pastry and as for the steak…I almost cried when it arrived poorly presented on the plate. We paid extra for the large steak hoping that whilst the rest of the food had been poor to moderate, that they would at least get the steak right as they describe themselves as being an Argentine Steakhouse…not so!! My sister asked for her steak to be medium and it arrived full of blood and was very fatty and as for my steak, I asked for it to be rare and it did arrive rare but it was quite possibly the fattiest ribeye I have ever been served. I know my steaks, I’m half Brazilian and I've also travelled extensively in Argentina so know my steaks well. For those that don't know, ribeye is one of the fattier cuts as it's from the forerib but any good butcher will take the ribeye roll from the forerib and then when butchering the meat will remove gristle, most external fat (not the delicious fat marbling though) and the muscle. Not at this place though. They obviously use a low grade beef as my overpriced ribeye was 50% fat – I'm not even exaggerating. Even the waiting staff (who were nice) agreed when they saw the steak when I complained about it. The manager said that the reason it was so fatty was because I asked for the steak to be rare…well, I suppose if I wanted the steak cremated some of the fat may have dissolved but who wants to eat a cremated steak and also there was a lot of gristle and muscle still on the steak which no amount of deep frying/grilling will get rid off. I have eaten at 100's of restaurants and 90% of the time will order a steak. If you're a steak aficionado please avoid this place at all costs. Waste of money, ruined Saturday night and it's most definitely not an Argentinian steak house. If you want to experience a proper ribeye steak, you can go to Cote restaurant chain (good price, good quality/grade steak) or if you want to splurge out then head to Gaucho where you can order your steak blue/practically mooing regardless of cut as they only use the finest grade Argentinian steak.
Also, the side dishes are extortionately priced as well. The chips are of the cheap frozen Iceland variety and the spinach was £4.50 for 2 mouthfuls which was served on a side plate and swimming in water. They also charged an additional 45p for a teaspoon of mustard which was shocking…save your money – go elsewhere!!!
I don't know how this place is still open. The food quality and presentation, service, decor, ambience and management style are truly shocking. Overpriced even with a Groupon or Wowcher voucher. Think this place is able to keep going purely because of the vouchers they sell for 2-4-1 steaks which are still overpriced considering the food is dire. I doubt they get any repeat business and therefore have to survive on flogging their restaurant on Wowcher and Groupon to budget-hunting people that are misled into thinking they might actually be getting a good deal. One of the worst restaurants I've ever had the misfortune to eat at. Only recommendation I can make is to close the place for refurbishment, replace staff including rude management, replace suppliers, replace chef. Currently they are charging central London prices for a meal that is straight from Iceland frozen food aisles…or maybe they should clearly state that the steak and rest of the food they serve is geared to people that usually dine on donner kebabs and KFC.
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