Toresano

130 Boundary Road , London, NW8 ORH

1 reviews

41 Spanish St. John's Wood

SquareMeal Review of Toresano

The flavours of Toro, a village in the heart of Spain’s Castilla y León, are recreated at this demure St John’s Wood eatery. Owner Isidro Cenizo reproduces the food of his native community with much panache, presenting a mouth-watering line-up of colourful dishes to be enjoyed with wines from local bodegas. Cured hams, boquerones (marinated anchovies) & tomato bread are a cracking way to tantalise the taste buds. Continue with yet more tapas – patatas bravas, black pudding with piquillo peppers, or broad bean, ham & chorizo stew – or opt for full-blown main courses such as halibut in a cava, asparagus & lemon sauce, or roast suckling pig. Sunday lunches cost a reasonable £14.50/16.50 for two/three courses & include a fabulous paella.

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6.0

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Cathy M. 29 September 2013

Toresano is a lovely looking restaurant with very nice staff . There were some lovely dishes (crab-stuffed peppers and octopus tapas as well as the mixed paella) and some that were quite mediocre (fried calamari was like something you would buy in the frozen food section; bread, serano ham and tomato “bruschetta” was very ordinary – plain bread (not toasted or oiled), unseasoned diced tomatoes). One of my friends chose the wines and he is quite particular and knowledgeable so it boded well that he was able to easily find wines to his liking (and ours too). The music was primarily cross-over bands (i.e. Gypsy Kings) so a little run-of-the-mill. Finally, it would have been nice if the menu didn't have the take-away prices on it as well. When I walked in, I thought the restaurant looked relatively upscale – which was what I wanted that evening. I was taking my husband and friends out for a celebration. The minute they put the menu in my hands, the plastic card with the take-away options made me feel like I was in a cafe. I would go back because there are definitely some dishes worth having, the wine is good, the service is attentive and the prices are quite reasonable. I just think that with a bit more effort and attention to detail, it has the potential to be something that is quite special.

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