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Toro Salao, San Juan

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Puerto Rico, Caribbean
367 Calle Tetuán
Old San Juan
San Juan
Puerto Rico 00901
Tel: 787 722 3330
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The latest addition to the collection of OOF Restaurants (owners of the much-celebrated Parrot Club and Aguaviva), Toro Salao forgoes the trendy fusion movement in favor a straight Spanish menu, focused on the three quintessentially Iberian ingredients: ham, wine, and cheese. The tapas are fun to share, if somewhat heavy: A traditional tortilla española we tried was overladen with oil, butter, cheese, and sausage. Instead, share a few entrees (raciones), which are far more subtle and satisfying. Good choices include tuna "blackened" with smoked paprika, grilled skirt steak drenched in fresh chimichurri sauce (chimichurri is huge in Puerto Rico, even though it comes from Argentina), or veal meatballs with local queso de hoja, a firm white farm cheese traditionally wrapped in leaves. The warm homemade churros, served in a puddle of melted chocolate, make for a wickedly rich finale. Though you can eat indoors in the atmospheric Moroccan-Spanish dining room, most diners prefer an outdoor table set right on the historic cobblestones of Old San Juan.—Leigh Newman

Opens daily at 12 pm.

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Simply delicious!

I've walked past this Toro Salao many times in the last 18 years we've been living in Puerto Rico, but until last night when I was searching for a new... more