Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
Saw a post on here on Wednesday (I think it disappeared soon after) about a soft launch of the new Toro Toro restaurant so called the number and managed to book, initially for Thursday night but due to unforeseen circumstances they asked if we could go tonight (Saturday) instead, which was no problem at all. The restaurant is on the waterfront at Etihad towers, I think it was a different place before, and is a nice setting, the upstairs is a bar area (with what looked to be a nicely stocked bar) and the restaurant is downstairs, there is another bar down here and ample seating and not cramped at all. Firstly we had a cocktail each, both nicely presented and tested delicious, while we say at the bar waiting for our table we were watching the bar staff making other cocktails, very nicely done including three with added smokiness (my girlfriend had one of these later on). We were shown to our table with nice comfy but fancy chairs and was given the menu. We chose three starters, a butter fish on hot stones, crispy prawns and a beef flatbread, the flatbread was nice but the other two were really nice, and I don't like seafood and especially fish, but I tried them and loved them (much to my girlfriend dismay). We then ordered our main course, as it was the soft launch we were encouraged to order whatever and however much we wanted, although so much of it sounded so nice (except the octopus) we only got two mains, chicken skewers and the 1kg tomahawk steak (about 6-700g of meat they said. The skewers were delicious, they were served on a kind of heater block with hot embers in, they were seasoned really nicely although it was a very small portion, three skewers only. The steak was mahoosive (not sure that's a real word), a little undercooked for my girlfriend, we asked for medium and it was closer to rare/medium rare, but I really liked it, there was a fair bit of fat but that even tested nice. To go with these we got potatoes and cauliflower, potatoes were OK, nothing too special but the roasted cauliflower was awesome, really tasty and nothing like the boiler cauliflower I make at home (I think I will be googling how to cook it like this). Even though at this stage we were over full we chose a dessert each, chocolate fondant and mango meringue. Chocolate fondant is my default dessert and was a really good one, certainly one of the good ones but the mango meringue was something else, the meringue was a perfect blend of crunchy (but not too hard) and sweet (but not too sweet) and filled with mango mousse (I think) and cream, it was heavenly, one of the best desserts I've had in a long long time. As it was a soft launch there were obviously a few things that could be improved on, and I'm sure they will once the recruit the full complement of staff and perform all the relevant training (nothing wrong tonight at all and better than a lot of other places on Abu Dhabi who are already established). Found out after I had booked it that it was going to be free as it's the soft launch, which was a very pleasant surprise, but seeing the prices on the menu and working out what it would have cost for what we had, it was reasonable and I 'will' be going back again once it opens fully (and at full price). Food - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Service - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(but seems unfair as it's just a soft launch) Restaurant - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cocktails - 🍸🍸🍸🍸