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    Post #1 - August 26th, 2008, 10:43 pm
    Post #1 - August 26th, 2008, 10:43 pm Post #1 - August 26th, 2008, 10:43 pm
    The family and I had a great dinner last month at Toro Bravo in Portland. It was our final meal after 11 days in the PNW and it turned out to be a most appropriate send-off. The creative and diverse menu at TB is divided into 3 sections: Pinchos, Tapas and Paella. While not everything we ate was spectacular, all of it was good and much of it was out of this world . . .

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    Toro Bravo is located at 120 NE Russell Street in Portland, OR


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    Its interior is a large space with an open kitchen in back, a bar to one side and one, large communal table, which is located in the front of the space, right under a large window.


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    Roasted Chickpeas
    We were started off with these crunchy little nuggets, which were quite addictive.


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    Pork Rillettes with Mustard, Grilled Apricots and Orange Marmalade
    A bit too much sweetness on the plate here for me to absolutely love this one but the rillettes were wonderful.


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    Manchego & Paprika Fritters with spicy Salsa Roja
    All I could taste here was the smoky paprika, and the manchego was completely obscured. They were hot and crispy but bitter and somewhat out of balance.


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    Griddled Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Warm Honey
    Nice but the honey made them a little too sweet for my taste.


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    Potatoes Bravas
    A fantastic rendition. I loved all the components here -- the ultra crispy potatoes, the zippy aioli and the tangy sauce. Just amazing!


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    Crab & Pork Croquettes with Salsa Verde y Roja
    These crispy little balls were delicate and supremely tasty.


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    House-Smoked Coppa Steak with Olive Oil-Poached Potatoes, Chopped Olives and Salbitxada
    I loved the smoky flavor of the meat in combination with the olive oil and pungent olives -- robust flavors that complemented each other exceedingly well. I wish it had been cooked a little more rare, though, but an otherwise fantastic dish.


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    Seared Scallops with Romesco
    Perfectly seared, delicate scallops atop a pool of delectable romesco and topped off with perfectly tender, delicious noodles.


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    Pan-Fried Squash Blossoms with Mojo Picon
    Great execution here with a crispy exterior and a wonderfully creamy interior but the inclusion of mint made them somewhat of a deal-breaker for me personally.


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    Roasted Eggplant with Sweet Pepper, Lamb Ragu and Mahon Cheese
    This was possibly my favorite dish of the entire meal. It was aromatic, hearty and immensely satisfying.


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    Chicken and Clams Cataplana with Tomato and Jamon
    I absolutely loved this rich umami blast, which masterfully combined its contents into something well beyond the sum of its parts.


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    Paella Toro
    One of the best renditions I've had in a long time. This was extremely well-balanced and judicious in its use of saffron. It was dotted liberally with mussels, clams, shrimps, chicken and sausage, and was perfectly crusty at the bottom. What a finale!

    The menu was extensive and I don't think we even ordered a third of what was offered. If I lived in Portland, this would be on the extremely regular rotation for me. If you get a chance to eat there, I highly recommend Toro Bravo.

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    Toro Bravo
    120 NE Russell St
    Portland, OR 97212
    503 281-4464
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