Though I didn’t particularly enjoy our stay at Marsa Malaz Kempinski (click HERE to find out why), I must say the opposite about the dinner we had at Toro Toro which is situated within the compound of the hotel. The treatment my family & I received at Toro Toro & Marsa Malaz Kempinski can be compared to the difference between night and day.
Stepping off the golf cart that took us there, we were somewhat unsure of what to expect as this was the first time we decided to dine at such a location that had a very intimidating entrance. I say intimidating because the entrance had two large bull sculptures, one on each side, that were guarding the massive main door.
The door was opened for us by an employee who showed us the reception area where I provided the receptionist my details and she led us to our table that comfortably seated 5 people. Luka, our server, immediately came to hand out the beverage menu, recommended a few drinks for us to try, took our orders, came back to our table and placed some welcome treats for us to munch on.
He gave us the single page food menu a few minutes later plus explained the concept of the restaurant after finding out that this was the first time we were visiting them. He informed us that the dishes on the menu were generally for sharing and were inspired by Pan Latin cuisine.
Since the concept of the outlet was for sharing, they had limited options for the main course (mostly red meat) but plenty of appetizers which were a mix of both hot & cold. We asked for a few minutes to review the menu and finally decided to order:
A bartender approached us to demonstrate how my brother’s drink order is prepared while we were waiting for our starters to arrive. You can tell he was a bit nervous and shy as we were all looking at him but he carried on to show us the different components required to create the drink.
Now without any exaggeration, our orders came in less than 10 minutes. We were pleasantly shocked! Luka slowly laid each dish on the table while pointing out the ingredients used and also the process of how it was cooked. You can tell that he knew the menu like it was his own creation.
My sister & I ended up skipping on ordering any main course since we don’t like the taste of red meat. My mom also decided not to have any main course as she’s not a particular steak enthusiast. The opposite can be said about my brother & father because they had the 300g Wagyu 7-8 Grade Sirloin Steak.
Did I mention that they also arranged a surprise for my mom without me even asking for it? Ok, so the gist is while I was making the reservation by phone, the lady who answered asked me if we were celebrating any occasion. So I naturally told her the truth which was the fact that we were celebrating my mom’s birthday. The lady then asked for my mom’s name and I gave it to her but I thought nothing of it. Honestly, I thought she was just being polite.
Towards the end after I asked for our bill, Luka slowly approached us with a slice of cake on his hand which we took as a cue to sing our mom the birthday song. I assure you that my mom wasn’t the only one who was stunned by the sweet unforeseen gesture.
Though prices were excessive, we were alright with paying the total amount we spent since the food was cooked and flavored well. My favorites though were the Crispy Prawns and the Chicken Anticucho. The prawns were generously coated with panko breading that added texture & crunch to the dish. It was drizzled with a sweet sauce and the accompanying mango blended well with the prawns. The chicken was soft plus moist and the sweet potato puree flawlessly complimented the mildly spiced chicken.
Toro Toro’s employees were immensely welcoming from the time we stepped into the door until we finished our dinner. So for that plus the unexpected birthday surprise they prepared for my mom, I would unselfishly give them a perfect (5 / 5). They lifted our spirits after the unfortunate instances we encountered at the hotel.
Location: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Costa Malaz Bay, The Pearl Qatar, Doha – Qatar
Tel. no.: +974 4035 5101