El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2,
Telephone: +353 (0)1 475-8460
El Toro Bravo is a new tapas spot on Dublin’s South Richmond Street. With a long bar counter, cigar brown tongue and groove woodwork, and wine stacked shelves, it has...
How to get there
On the left hand side as you go up South Richmond Street towards the bridge.
Good to know
12.00 Noon to 12.00 Midnight
Spanish -Tapas, Raciones & Platters
A La Carte:
€3.50 - 15.50
Children’s Menu: No
Children Welcome: Yes
Private Dining Facilities: No
About The Restaurant
El Toro Bravo is a new tapas spot on Dublin’s South Richmond Street. With a long bar counter, cigar brown tongue and groove woodwork, and wine stacked shelves, it has all the feel of a long standing little bar down a side street in Palma, where locals will sit around for hours mulling on the philosophies of life The chef, is Spanish as were the two delightful floor staff, whilst the owner is Iranian. The selection of aperitivos, ‘ensaladas, especials, platos and raciones’ comprising ‘carne, marisco and vegetables’ is extensive and prices are very reasonable. Aperitivos include Torreznos - fried pork with mustard on the side; Alcachofas con Jamon - pan fried artichokes infused with garlic olive oil and Serrano ham. Pork loin is on toasted bread with Oporto sauce whilst Chipirones are grilled baby squid. Anchoas del Cantabrico are salty anchovies served in toasted bread with fresh sliced tomato whilst croquetas are filled with a choice of ham, chicken, mushroom or Blue cheese. They also have lovely salad combinations of roasted peppers with olive oil, or avocado and prawn with boiled egg and cocktail sauce, or mixed leaves, tuna, boiled eggs, olives and cherry tomato.
Tapas stalwarts feature too – Boquerones, Calamares, Chorizo, Patatas and Paella - con bucket loads! Marisco – Seafood includes Gambas Gabardina – deep fried prawns in batter with aioli; Gambas al ajillo – panfried prawns with chilli sauce and garlic. My Senor hopped on Sardinas a la Parrilla – which proved a brace of excellent grilled sardines sprinkled with parsley, oil and lemon, followed by Caldereta a good little terracotta dish of tender lamb stew with ‘hot’ smoked paprika, peppers and garlic, served with baguette. Very tasty. My contribution to the tapas table was scrambled eggs with eel, clams and Bacalao Rebozado – a Basque cod dish. The scrambled eggs were delicious fine threads of eel glistening through a golden yellow cloud, whilst the clams were bathed in a good tomato sauce with garlic. Basque cod was a decent square of the fish sitting in a tomato sauce, topped with a slice of hard boiled egg. There are many more dishes I want to try on my next visit including Chorizo al Vino which is spicy chorizo cooked with onions and Rioja, and Chistorra – panfried Spanish spicy pork sausages, and Revuelto de Morcilla Leonesa which is black pudding with scrambled eggs served in a potato basket.
They also have a great selection of ‘Platos y Raciones’ with wonderful Spanish cheeses and charcuterie. Tarta de Santiago was a Galician almond tart served with cherries and cream, whilst I had my favourite Manchego sheep’s milk cheese with a little dish of honey. There is a wide selection of wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle, at good prices.
This is a characterful place – a brave little bull indeed.
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