Toro’s Steakhouse – Harrow

toro's steak house harrow

The first thing you’re struck by when coming face to face with Toro’s Steakhouse in Harrow is how big and spacious it is. According to our estimate, this has a seating capacity of around 120, and that’s not including the basement, which is still under construction.

The restaurant has a smart upper tier, where you’ll also find their non-alcoholic bar, which can accommodate for 26. There’s then the lower level comprising of three sections: the one adjacent to the upper tier that also has 26 seats, a mid-portion leading immediately in from the main entrance which has 22, and a section to the left, which also leads to the toilets, with 48. The sheer grandeur of the place gives the impression of confidence in said brand.

And having only been open for three months, the place is, apart from being very smartly decorated, unsurprisingly clean and impressively immaculate.

DRINKS

toros drinks Strawberry Daiquire, Mint Lemonade, Mojito, Pina Colada.

Strawberry Daiquire, Lebanese Lemonade (not on the menu), Mojito, Pina Colada. £3.19 each

We were told they hired a drinks maker of some class. They weren’t exaggerating. Among the four we tried were two that were simply outstanding.

Let’s start with one that’s not on the menu, but has to be tried to be believed: the unofficially titled Lebanese Lemonade. Difficult to describe how good this really was, so we’ll suffice with the following review feedback from 3 Lions: awesome (x2), original, aromatic, fresh, unique, tangy, minty kick, incredible after taste, lingers on the palate, lime and zesty. Seriously, this will blow your mind!

The next best is the sparkling Mojito, which was presented almost perfectly with the lemon rightly dominating over the mint as it always should.

Strawberry Daiquire was decent enough, but didn’t quite deliver on the strawberry taste nor on the clean freshness of some Strawberry Daiquires we’ve had the pleasure of. Having said that though, the consistency of the ice slush was just right.

As for the Pina Colada, then neither was it too sweet nor did the pineapple taste come through as strongly as it should have. Nonetheless, it was fairly refreshing with the slush again perfectly… slushed! Just needs more of a kick.

STARTERS

toros Chicken Wings x5 - £3.49

Assortment of Chicken Wings (clockwise from 12 – Flaming hot, hot, medium, mild, lemon & herb) – £3.49

These medium sized wings were pleasant enough. Well cooked with a good crispy exterior and plenty of marinade.

The Lemon & Herb had the tang of the lemon, which kicked in immediately. As for the others, then the marinades tasted suspiciously similar to the Nando’s sauces you can easily pick up at any supermarket. Like we said, pleasant enough.

Butter Fried Prawns

Butter Fried Prawns – Cooked in lemon, chilli & tomoto sauce. £5.99

These had a rich buttery, tangy tomato taste to them with sweetness delivered by the red peppers. But, it has to be said though that the prawns were a little on the chewy side.

toros-chicken Goujons £4.99

Chicken Goujons £4.99

One Lion believed the marinade for this and the above prawn dish was pretty much the same except that this was more glazed. The chicken, however, was slightly on the dry side.

In all though, we’d go for the prawns and wings (in that order) over this.

We’d also recommend introducing hot plates for all dishes rather than the cold ones our starters were presented on!

SAUCES

Before the sauces, let us firstly give you a low down on Toro’s unique concept. The idea behind this steak out is to offer their assortment of steaks as either Sizzlers or just plain normal, with the difference between the two being that the former, which also includes chicken and prawn, are:

Served on a red hot cast iron plate sizzling hot.

Also, while the normal steaks – Rump, T-Bone or Sirloin – are only served with chips and a choice of garlic, pepper or gravy sauce, the Sizzlers offer an additional choice of either french fries, pasta or rice.

If you go for the Sizzlers, then the entertainment factor is delivered by pouring the sauce directly on to the red hot cast iron plate – and be warned, it’s not so much red hot as it is white hot – causing the plate to sizzle and spit like crazy. Hence, we’d advise extra caution and a little distance when doing the deed.

toros Gralic, Pepper and Gravy Sauce

Garlic (bottom), Pepper (top left) and Gravy (top right) sauces

The sauces were okay in terms of flavour: the pepper wasn’t overpowering; the garlic flavour was pretty subtle; while the gravy was a little too watery.

In fact, all three were fairly watered down, and we can understand why. It’s obvious that the sizzling reaction caused by pouring said sauces on to the hot plates will be far more potent when watery in nature. Perhaps this is the reason why something as obvious as mushroom sauce, which is traditionally fairly thick in consistency, isn’t on the menu.

However, aside from the obvious spit back mentioned above, there is another potential drawback in pouring such watery sauces over your food – it can leave it unnecessarily wet and soggy. But, how to find the middle ground between achieving that intense sizzling reaction and not leaving a wet puddle? Perhaps they might consider having a thicker sauce that’s poured into the container first, and thus rests at the bottom, before topping that with a more watery version. In that way, once the experience of the sizzle has been satisfied, diners can then get down to the important part of properly devouring their food.

MAINS

toros Jumbo Prawns, Sirloin Steak £14.99 (with 2 sides and a sauce)

Surf ‘n’ Turf. £14.99 (with 2 sides and a sauce)

toros Sides with mains - Spicy Rice & Spicy Chips

Sides with mains – Spicy Rice and Chilli Fries

As soon as this sizzling Surf ‘n’ Turf delight was placed before us, we knew we were being presented with something quite unique. Comprising of butterflied prawns and fillets of steak resting atop of spicy rice and chilli fries, the combination of smells exuding from this delightfully colourful dish was quite something.

As to the star of the show, then the fillets didn’t disappoint. Soft, succulent and beautifully cooked, the first thing that hits you is the heat of the pepper followed by the beautiful sweet undertone of the freshly cooked meat.

As to the prawns, then despite having a nice chilli and lemon flavour to them, these were similar to the starters in that they were a little on the chewy side.

But what really added an extra depth to this dish were the charred onions at the bottom which, while serving as a protective barrier from the intense heat of the red hot iron plate, added a lovely crispy taste and texture.

The spicy rice, with its peas, carrots, runner and broad beans, was a little on the soft side and also perhaps a little too spicy, but an interesting option nevertheless.

As for the chilli fries, then these turned out to be far too soft. Either this is how they were meant to be, which is unlikely, or the residual heat from the piping hot plate caused them to sweat. Whatever the case, they weren’t a very pleasant texture.

In all, however, a wholesome meal that’s certainly worth the money.

toros Chicken Fillet Steak £12.99

Chicken Fillet Steak £12.99 (with 2 sides and a sauce)

If you’ve come to a steak house and prefer chicken in place of beef steak, then we’ve had far better. For one, it was on the thin side; and secondly, it was on the dry side.

If, on the other hand, you’ve had the chicken wings for your starter, then there really isn’t much point getting this because it seems as though the same marinade for that is used for this.

If not, then just stick with beef, or perhaps even prawn (provided these are cooked well), because this was average.

The regular fries on the left, however, weren’t overly soft like their chilli cousins on the right, but rather crunchy, which tells us that the chilli fries are perhaps meant to be that mushy texture. If so, then it really doesn’t make sense to us since, by definition, fries are meant to be crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.

In our honest opinion, they may want to revisit the chilli fries.

toros steak sirloin egg

Filet Mignon with regular chips, pasta and optional runny egg. £24.99

toros sirloin steak cooked harrow londonThe Filet Mignon isn’t on the menu, so needs to be requested. Of course, given it’s a Filet Mignon, it’ll be far dearer than the other cuts; but, you are getting what you pay for here, which is quality.

Not quite the medium well we’d ordered, these steaks were quite different to the peppery Surf ‘n’ Turf, but also far richer, tender and juicier too owing to the thickness of the meat. But, what really impressed us was the Malay-oriented addition of a near perfectly fried egg taking centre stage on top. Not only did this unique and exotic touch add an extra level of flavour, but also a sense of excitement in cutting and seeing the yolk run down the sides. Definitely worth adding!

Aside from the fries, we also got pasta! Unfortunately, this simply didn’t work. Firstly, these had a tangy-chilli tomatoey taste to them, distinctly similar to the chilli fries, and so, therefore, clashed with the natural meaty sweetness of the steak as well as the earthiness of the egg.

Perhaps a far better option, and one that would be better placed on such a menu, would be to make available potato mash as an option.

DESSERTS

toros Chocolate Brownie Sizzler from £4.99

Chocolate Brownie Sizzler from £4.99

toros Chocolate Brownie Sizzler from £4.99Now the above is what you get when you take sizzling chocolate, throw in some delicious brownies on top, add a layer of ice cream, cover that with lashings of cream, and drizzle more chocolate all over – a complete and utter show stopper. This, however, didn’t just talk the talk, but walked it too.

The first thing that hits you with this big beauty is the intense smell of chocolate being caramelised before your very eyes. But, don’t dilly dally for very long because you need to experience the hot and cold contrast before the ice cream melts away. It’s a case of grabbing your spoons, discarding your inhibitions, and diving straight in.

Don’t forget though, the best part is getting at the chewy, caramelised chocolate at the bottom, while the fun part is doing so without burning your mouth.

What’s doubly good about this is that contrary to what you might expect, this is surprisingly light.

An absolute must!

toros Sizzling Waffle

Sizzling Waffle from £4.99

The waffle version isn’t as good, but that’s not to say that this won’t blow you away; it will. It’s just that it isn’t as chocolatey. Ergo, if you prefer an alternative to tonnes of choc, then this is the alternative.

THE ROAR
Toro's Steakhouse
3.5 FTL's Roar
3.3 Pride's Roar (16 Roars)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • NO/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 20/2/18
Facilities
  • CHILD SEATING
  • DISABLED
Summary
With a concept as unique and original as Toro's Steakhouse, it's only a matter of time before their reputation begins to proceed them.

There are, however, certain areas we've highlighted above that they might want to look into to either perfect, retweak, or rework.

It's always important to remember that, as with anything, the difference between something that's there and something that's almost there often comes down to those small, though crucial details - details which could make all the difference between, for instance, serving well cooked prawns or tough, chewy ones.

Otherwise, we were very impressed with the service, the atmosphere, and the overall facilities. Keep it up guys!

This steak house is definitely worth the visit, particularly for those sizzling steaks; most certainly for those desserts; but don't you dare forget that unofficially titled: Lebanese Lemonade (which needs to be put on that menu guys, pronto)!

As per usual, we'd love to hear your views if you do visit, so do thank us below.
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Toro’s Steakhouse,
190 Station Rd, Harrow,
Greater London, HA1 2RH.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00–23:00 | Sat-Sun 12:00-00:00

T: +44 (0)20 8621 0615 | W: www.torosuk.com

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  • I was left rather disappointed and frustrated on my visit to Toros. After looking at the review and images on this site maybe my expectations were a bit skewered. What really ruined the night for me and my family was the service. Having ordered two sizzlers and other various starters, we found that the sizzlers arrived on time but the sauces were nowhere to be found. After waiting for 5 minutes the food started to get cold so we had no choice but to tuck in. Another 5 minutes later the sauces arrived, to which I told the staff “you are a little too late with these” to which I got no reply or apology, he just walked away.

    Then the icing on the cake was when we decided to have desert and ordered a brownie sizzler. It was the same guy who took our order previously and again 15 minutes later.. Nothing. Eventually the young lady came over (I’m guessing the guy who took the order was not feeling up to the task) and apologised that the order was never put in the system and that they are making it now and it should be ready in the next 5 minutes.

    NO THANKS!!

    As a parting gift after paying she asked if the kids would like some lollipop? Obviously it being such a high cost item it is only given if you say yes not otherwise. I said no and took kids to an ice cream parlour next door.

    Shame as the food was alright. This kind of treatment makes me never want go back to a restaurant. I hope they sort their act out and improve service and wish them all the success otherwise.

    12 Apr '16
  • Been here 6 times and the foods been amazing on time and large portions and customer service on point, but my last experience with them I’m never going back again , so we placed out orders about 40 mins later the waiter comes over and says we run out of rice can I get you something else Instead at this point I was angry because it took them 40 mins to tell me there’s no rice after waiting that long , anyway she said you can have another side I said I’ll have chicken wings she refused and said that’s not a side so I hit the roof and asked to see a manager then she came back and said okay we will do that ( chiken wings were awful ) , then about an hour all in the food arrived I told them no to put it on a sizzler prior and it arrived on a sizzler chef said you had to wait another 5 mins if you wanted that by this time it was 9:30 and I had my 2 year old daughtor and was way past her bedtime because it took a hour getting our food anyway I couldn’t wait left it on the sizzler and my daughter hand nearli kept hitting the sizzler, the Coleslaw was so so smal and the chef said they were running out lol anyway I thaugt as they know I’m a regualer they would compensate me but instead charged me full felt like I got robbed and even made it clear to the waiter but she dint care took my money so for this experiance I ain’t ever coming back

    5 Jan '17

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