The Black Toro Windsor has now opened in Windsor. Serving up modern Mexican dishes in a stylish restaurant interior, guests are spoiled with all the favourite dishes from tacos, tostadas, ceviches and some classics from the iconic Glen Waverley restaurant such as the crispy pork hock and peanut butter cheesecake.
The menu features both classic Mexican cuisine and some other less common delights – all of which are fresh, delicious and affordable.
We loved being taken on a decadent culinary journey with the "Feed Me" option which includes a stunning selection of the chef’s best dishes to share. Each dish was obviously crafted with great care and attention and exhibited a good balance between innovation and authenticity – a trait lacking in many of the Mexican restaurants opening up all over Melbourne.
To start we loved and cheese croquettes served with lime crema which boasted crispy exteriors and gooey centres. The addition of jalapeno was a masterstroke which delivered just the perfect amount of heat.
The chile rellanos was similarly delightful. Cheese and herbs were stuffed into a battered pepper and served with moreish red and green sauces.
Next up, the soy marinated tuna tostada was simply beautiful and served with creamy avocado, salsa macha and radish. We loved the exceedingly fresh tuna.
The pork cochinita tacos were yet another highlight, featuring melt in your mouth pulled barbeque pork, pickled onion and hot sauce atop a fluffy corn tortilla.
Whatever you do, do not leave without trying the famous crispy pork hock. This is one dish that certainly lives up to its reputation. The pork hock was legendary. It combined amazingly crisp pork hock skin slathered in guajillo chile caramel, with intensely flavoured and delectably succulent pork and an intoxicating coconut rice. Assembled similarly to a san choi bao, a lettuce cup is used as a “base” and then layered with the rice before adding some pulled pork hock and apple salsa verde.
The churros taco is The Black Toro’s dessert pièce de résistance. Piped into a flat "taco", the cinnamon churros were puffy and light on the inside and deliciously crisp on the outside. And what other word can you use to describe velvety, decadent malted milk ice cream with lashings of salted caramel apart from yum?
While there are many Mexican restaurants serving caricature, fast food versions of Mexican cuisine, the dishes at the Black Toro display a sophistication. Start your boozy night on the tequila right here. With a solid drinks menu and a mouth-watering menu, The Black Toro is certainly worth a visit.
Location: 104 Chapel Street, Windsor
Phone: (03) 9521 3858