Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro Opens in Washington, D.C.

Pan-latin steakhouse offers tapas-style dining
Kruti Ravaliya

New York restaurateur Richard Sandoval's pan-Latin steakhouse Toro Toro opened a location in Washington, D.C. on March 31. Pictured above is Toro Toro's Pan de Bolo with Oaxaca Cheese.

Toro Toro, a new restaurant in a line of concoctions by New York restaurateur Richard Sandoval, opened in Washington on March 31. The name Toro Toro is a play on surf and turf, with toro being the Japanese word for tuna, and toro being the Spanish word for bull. Located on 1300 I (Eye) St, NW, Toro Toro is a pan-Latin steakhouse, serving up rodízio or all-you-can-eat style meaty morsels alongside small and large plates.

Toro Toro’s menu allows guests to sample a variety of tapas-style plates including appetizers and salads.  The Toro Toro Chopped Salad, featuring chayote (a squash-like Mexican fruit), with fava beans, queso fresco, bacon, tortilla strips and a slightly sweet roasted tomato seed vinaigrette provided a fresh spin on a steakhouse standby. Less common plates include Tiradito of Roasted Beets (with goat cheese, pickled onions, pistachios and oranges), flatbreads – including the Short Rib Coca Flatbread (braised shortribs, Manchego cheese, arugula, and horseradish). 

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On the Latin side of the small plates menu, Toro Toro makes a play on an arepa with seafood, featuring prawns, calamari and scallops – lightly marinated, small poppers that melt in your mouth. And, what would a steakhouse be without the meat? Toro Toro showcases a variety of steaks, including everything from a traditional Angus Filet Mignon to the more exotic Wagyu Flat Iron. If all of these sound too tempting, perhaps embark on an empty-stomach attempt at the Rodízio Experience. Ordering the full “Experience” allows diners to both sample free-flowing small plates and sides (think yucca fries, steamed asparagus, and mashed potatoes), and enjoy plenty of different meats.