Chris’s Short Take: TORO Cantina

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It’s been a long year for diners waiting for a chance to go back to their favorite haunts.  “I can’t wait to get those Soup Dumplings!”  “I can’t wait to get that steak!”  “If I don’t get a bowl of that French Soup, I’m gonna die!”  But COVID shut us down for months and months… then vaccine.

The CDC tells us, (especially once we’re vaccinated), we can go back to our faves as long as they ascribe to the rules.  So duly vaccinated, and after waiting for the prescribed period for it to take full effect, I went to Toro. This is the brainchild of Chef Jamie Ortiz, whose steakhouse, 677 Prime, is a mainstay on the foodie trail here in the Capital District.  My buddy Chet had suggested we head out there, neither of us had had the pleasure, or the opportunity since the restaurant opened last year just as the pandemic closures hit.  I was a little surprised but thrilled to see it so well patronized.  I have to admit, there was a certain hesitation at first, we’ve been conditioned to be on high alert, and rightly so.  Chet called it COVID Syndrome, but the precautions at Toro really set me at ease.  If you haven’t been out, there are some changes that have happened.  For instance, here’s the menu at Toro when we came in… you’ll need your phone…

Digital Menu

I have to admit, there was a certain hesitation at first, we’ve been conditioned to be on high alert, and rightly so.  Chet called it COVID Syndrome, but the precautions at Toro really set me at ease.

We decided to go light, and ordered a group of appetizers to share, first the Empanadas…

Empanadas

Roast chicken, Lime Cabbage Slaw, and Cilantro Aioli are the stars of this show.  Delicious!  

Next to the Shrimp Ceviche, cooked by the acid in the citrus, chili, tomato, and cilantro broth that I enjoyed immensely.  So light, and refreshing!

Ceviche

The Taquitos with Braised Beef, Pico de Gallo, Avocado Salsa, Mexican Crema, and Cotija Cheese were a totally different experience from the over fried tortilla logs usually found out there.

Taquitos

Finally the Seared Tuna Tostada featured Avocado, Pickled Onion, Salsa Macha, Chipotle Aioli, Cilantro, and olive oil.

Seared Tuna Tostada

So all in all… it was wonderful to get back in the world with a great buddy and experience a new venue.  I’m back at it friends… see you out there!

Toro Cantina
torocantina.com
111 Wolf Rd,
Albany, NY 12205

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