A chic new seafood and steak restaurant from the self-proclaimed “father of modern Mexican cuisine” is headed to Downtown Houston later this year.
Toro Toro, from longtime restaurateur Richard Sandoval, is slated to open in Downtown’s newly-revamped Four Seasons Hotel in Fall 2021. Toro Toro will replace Quattro, the Italian restaurant that previously occupied the hotel’s third floor restaurant space. (Sandoval also founded Bayou & Bottle, the hotel’s first-floor whiskey bar.)
At Toro Toro, diners can expect a playful, modern twist on the classic steakhouse, with a menu influenced by South and Central American cuisine. The name itself is a play on words, taken from the Japanese term for tuna (toro) and the Spanish word for bull (also toro). The Houston restaurant will be the second in Texas, joining a location in Fort Worth.
Beyond the staid surf and turf, Toro Toro will feature dishes like churrasco-grilled meats, antojitos, and tapas, plus fresh ceviches and tiraditos. The Fort Worth location’s menu gives a hint of what might be on offer at Houston, including a massive 52-ounce tomahawk steak, roasted Brussels sprouts served with white raisins and cojita cheese, Peruvian-style chicken anticucho, and a burger with bacon jam and chipotle-cranberry cheddar.
Drinks-wise, the restaurant will have an extensive Spanish and Latin wine list, as well as hand-muddled cocktails like margaritas and mojitos. The restaurant’s open kitchen will feature a wood-burning grill, and the dining room will include private spaces for events like corporate gatherings or weddings.
Renovations are currently in progress on the restaurant’s space, with plans to open later this year. Stay tuned to Eater for a more precise opening date.