Appreciation: Dîner Amical, ToroToro, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

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Our first event of the year in Abu Dhabi was held at the recently opened ToroToro restaurant on Saturday, 27 January, 2018. The brainchild of world-renowned chef Richard Sandoval, this Latin themed restaurant is managed by Chaine member Turab Saleem, with the kitchen headed up by Chef Eber Villalobos. The restaurant spans two floors on the Marina’s edge, and we started off the evening with signature cocktails in the upstairs lounge.
As we took our seats downstairs, we looked forward to a celebration of South American cuisines, including those from Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
Following the ‘sharing plates’ concept, we were treated to cold starters of Smoked Guacamole, Tuna Tataki, Pan De Maiz, and Ceviche De Huachinango, accompanied by Zuccardi Torrontes 2015 Argentina.
Then came the hot starters of Ceviche Caliente, Beef Fillet Anticucho, and Crispy Prawns, paired with Matetic EQ Syrah, 2013, San Antonio Valley, Chile.
The main courses consisted of Pescado Del Calao, Wagyu Rib Eye Steak, and Steamed Asparagus, accompanied by Matetic Corralillo Carmenere 2015 Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Dessert was the spectacular La Bomba. Plastic film was placed on the tables and ‘bombs’ of Guanabana mousse, brownie, dulce de leche and tulipe were dropped to explode into a wonderful feast in front of us.
Argentier Dirk Backhaus finished off the evening with a well deserved appreciation in front of the assembled brigades.

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