Toro Dorado Quality Steaks (TDQ Steaks) is already legendary in Amsterdam, having set up shop in the city centre back in the early 90s. Just before the pandemic, TDQ Steaks opened its doors in London in a coveted spot along the Thames, a short walk from Vauxhall station. While, it must have been a difficult time to launch a new branch, the restaurant’s already well-established name will have no doubt helped, and now it’s happily settled onto the waterfront. The aim of the game is simple: high quality steaks from all around the world, giving Londoners the chance to compare cuts from the likes of Canada, Japan, Scotland and more.
TDQ is incredibly passionate about using only world class 100% pure beef and describes its produce and suppliers in detail on the website, such as the Black Label Argentinian Premium which has been grass fed from the fertile pastures of the Pampas, the Prime Steer from New Zealand which is full-bodied and finely marbled and Kobe Wagyu from Japan, apparently the most delicious and exclusive beef on earth. Aside from steaks, the menu also serves up a selection of fresh seafood, pastas and side dishes such as organic Dutch mash, exotic asparagus and fresh wild spinach. If you’re in the mood for some smaller plates to share, the Japanese Kobe Wagyu cubes, Toro’s carpaccio or half shell oysters all sound great.
To keep you watered as well as fed, TDQ also has an exceptionally long cocktail list with all the classics (think Sex on the Beach to Eggnog!) and their own signature creations, too. For example, the Dutch Courage mixes Jenever, fresh lemon juice, syrup and soda and nods to the brand’s first outpost. In terms of décor, a classic-contemporary style with smart leather banquettes, rich green walls and modern lighting feels sophisticated but relaxed.