In Dining Out, Travel/Arizona

Everything the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess does amazes me, from the guest rooms at the resort to the dining experiences at their restaurants, everything is top notch. The new brunch menu now offered at Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar is no exception, fusing Pan Latin flair into every dish.

Now that the weather is nice I highly recommend requesting a table on the patio overlooking the lush greenery of the TPC golf course. Order a mimosa and take in the sweeping views. There really is no better way to spend a relaxing weekend morning.

At a recent media visit I got a sampling of some of the new brunch items and of course, I was delighted by everything I ate. Where else can you order innovative sushi rolls as a first course and follow-up it up with a modern take on Huevos Rancheros?

We started the morning with passed items including decadent monkey bread and pancake skewers before moving on to the first course and all the deliciousness that followed.

The sushi rolls we sampled that day were interesting and incredible. My favorite was the Havana Roll, a masterpiece for the eyes and tastebuds, made with spicy crab, cucumber, avocado, sweet plantain, crispy potato and a maple-miso glaze. It was an explosion of tastes and textures that I would return for again and again!

These days you will find avocado toast on pretty much every breakfast and brunch menu, but nobody does it like Toro. They’ve piled the crisp toast high with charred sweet corn, herbaceous chimichurri and a mound of creamy avocado slices (seriously an entire avocado is on this toast). It’s all topped off with a perfectly cooked egg with a nice runny yolk. This is by far the heartiest (and most delicious) avocado toast I have ever had.

Now about those Huevos Rancheros! Homemade corn tortillas are topped with a kicky red sauce and over easy eggs. The plate is further adorned with black beans, pico de gallo, fresh avocado slices and crema. It’s gorgeously plated and insanely good.

For those of you who prefer the sweeter side of brunch, Toro is going to blow your mind with the Churro French Toast. I’m a savory kind of girl but this French Toast has made me a true believer. No words could possibly describe how amazing this dish is – but I will give it a try. The bricoche is crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside with rich Peruvian chocolate. It’s intense with sweet cinnamon and the cajeta (Mexican caramel sauce) sends it over the top. I have been dreaming of this French Toast for weeks now.

No visit to Toro Latin Restaurant and Run Bar is truly complete without their signature dessert – La Bomba. It’s a true show-stopper, quite literally. A large, handmade chocolate cup is filled with various homemade ice creams and sorbets, whipped cream, mousse, edible flowers, chunks of cake, fresh berries and magic. The staff places a plastic mat on the table, counts down and slams the chocolate cup down; scattering the decadent contents all over the table. Then a few different sauces are drizzled over and it’s time to dig in. It sounds like a spectacle and it is, a heavenly delightful spectacle! Try to save room and order La Bomba – it is an absolute MUST!

As with all that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess does, brunch at Toro is impeccable. The food, the views, the friendly staff all are beyond impressive. So make a visit a top priority – I promise you will leave beyond satisfied and won’t be able to wait until your next visit. I know I can’t!

Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar is located at 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Call (480) 585-4848 to make reservations or for additional information.


Disclaimer: I attended a media brunch at Toro to help facilitate this review. As always all opinions are entirely my own. 

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