The Scottsdale TPC unveiled the new Toro, Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, managed by the Fairmont in grandioso style and that’s no bull!! Well, actually there was a very big bull greeting press and guests for dinner under a full moon. He seemed so docile posing for pics and loved being scratched on his forehead. The saddle on his back beckoned but common sense and chefs led us inside for the tasting tour of the new Pan Latin phenomenon.
Golfers may be surprised by the menu if they are looking for the usual burger and wings after a round at this 19th hole. The surprise will be a pleasant one if they just try the alternative offers. Head Chef Richard Sandoval, also in charge at the Fairmont Hacienda, delivers recipes without borders,
incorporating all his Pan Latin experience with a Latin Passion. Trade the ordinary burger for the Toro Toro burger with crispy bacon, chipotle mayo and avocado or upgrade to the tenderloin with truffle oil fries – a wise choice for the most discriminating beef tasters. Trade the wings for anticuchos, which in my Peruvian friend Nella’s home are made from the heart –literally the heart of the beef, which could be why the bull in the entrance was giving Senor Sandoval side-glances. On Toro’s menu though, anticuchos are ground lamb meat on skewers, spiced to perfection with a lemony cucumber yogurt sauce for dipping. Kai, the “suviche” chef and crew create artistic plates of ceviche and sushi with all the color splashes of a painter’s palette in palate pleasing combos.
“Jack Miller, Scottsdale Fairmont Princess GM, points out, “They are sharing the Pan Latin world with Scottsdale.” “Latins are very communal,” said David Miller, Food and Beverage Director. “This is a place to eat, drink and dance. Sara the “Rum Princesa” introduced the Martinique drink ritual to celebrate time with friends and honor those who have passed on. She lit the glasses of rum with a lighter and rhythmically sprinkled blasts of cinnamon across the line creating sparks like a wizard, against the night sky, all very magical while describing the authentic island party scene. With 111 different rums, there is a lot to learn and she is willing to teach. The full bar is comprehensive for any tastes so we have the “eat and drink” part well covered. Now, dance what? Salsa, samba, Caribe, Every Friday and Saturday night the horns of Toro become the musical variety as the trumpeters join percussion and strings to strike a chord that gets you moving. A young couple demonstrates the sexy moves like a performance from Dancing with the Stars stage. Why not join them??
Locals already have their favorite seats at the rectangular bar, in the comfy lounge chairs or al fresco on the patio overlooking one of the most famous greens in golf. It is at its greenest now and newly renovated, ready for the Waste Management Open to be held in January, billed as the greatest show on grass, it is the most well attended PGA tour event. Ay Caramba, Toro is ready to welcome the crowds, at the same time hot and very cool. Si, Si! www.scottsdaleprincess.com/dining