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Published June 20th 2014
The Kingsway restaurant strip at Glen Waverley station has evolved over the last few decades from Hong Kong groceries and Japanese hairdressers, to one of the most bustling multicultural food hubs in Melbourne.
Opened by a local couple, The Black Toro has quickly established itself with a modern approach to Hispanic fine dining.
Nothing beats a warm atmosphere with an open kitchen
Even on a cold, wintery Thursday night, the place is full, with reservations taken for two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm. With a table of 5, we're seated in a cosy corner booth.
The dark timber furniture and orange lighting instantly evokes a Mediterranean feel. The balanced interior colour scheme is warmly lit and has a comfortable as well as classy atmosphere.
The friendly staff have a thorough working knowledge of the drinks list and dishes. The menu itself changes seasonally but consists of small plates and large plates intended for sharing. If the choices are too overwhelming, there is also the banquet option where the chef can select a variety of dishes for different tastes.
Tapas style dining is always great for intimate meals and can be catered for any number of people. The first share plate arrives moments after ordering.
Potato and chorizo croquettes
Perfectly cooked croquettes with crisp shells and delicately flavors. The Mezcal cured salmon with avocado puree, coriander and ginger meringue with salmon roe was definitely a favourite.
Mezcal cured salmon with avocado puree, coriander and ginger meringue with salmon roe
There are also several rich vegetarian options such as the roasted vegetable, frijole and kasseri empanadas. The large plates were heartier with beef cheek birria, oregano crema and steamed rice. I would also recommend their unique take on roasted chicken with a corn and coriander salsa.
After debating whether or not to get dessert, common sense finally prevailed and the dessert tasting plate is possibly the most impressive dessert I have had this side of Melbourne.
An impressive delight for any dessert lover
Artistically presented on a simple wooden board, the design alone for this dessert platter is impressive. With items like the deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice-cream and freeze dried honeycomb and the soft chocolate tart with caramelised hazelnuts and toasted meringue, this is worth a visit for any sweet-tooth.