Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
This past week I was in Puerto Rico for Spring Break with a group of seven others. Our group took advantage of Puerto Rico’s unique cuisine, visiting several different restaurants throughout San Juan, Fajardo, and Vieques. Many of the restaurants we tried were excellent, but Toro Salao (located near Calle Fortaleza in Old San Juan) was one of our favorites.
Toro Salao is a Tapas restaurant known for its Croquetas, Empanadas, and Spanish Flatbread Pizzas. It’s located in the heart of Old San Juan near many other restaurants and shops. In my opinion, the best part of Toro Salao is the atmosphere. Housed in an old townhome, the restaurant has a homey feel to it that is both welcoming and charming. The restaurant also has great outdoor seating, ideal for a warm, 70° evening like the one we had on our visit.
In addition to the a great atmosphere, Toro Salao also has great food. After inspecting the menu, it was obvious to me there were an abundant number of good options to choose from. Since Toro Salao is know for its Tapas, I decided to order a few items from the appetizer menu. I ordered the Taquitos de Camarones al Ajillo (Crispy Shrimp Taco Rolls) and the Empanadillas de Pollo y Chorizo (Chicken and Sausage Empanadas). Both items were excellent and were served with dipping sauces that complemented the appetizers well. The taquitos were served with a citrus aioli sauce while the empanadas were served with a garlic aioli sauce. My only regret was that I didn’t order something with more variety. If I were to go back, I would probably order the fish tacos instead of the empanadas, so I wouldn’t have two dough-based appetizers.
Admittedly, this was my first experience at a Tapas restaurant, but it was an excellent one. Toro Salao embraces Spanish cuisine in the heart of Old San Juan by combining great food with an amiable atmosphere. Our experience at Toro Salao was one of the best we had in Puerto Rico, and I highly recommend it!