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The Black Toro Windsor

9.3/10
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104 chapel street, 3181 Windsor (VIC)See map

Average price $60

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Black Toro was one of the earlier Latin American restaurants to hit Melbourne's contemporary dining scene. It opened back in 2012 in Glen Waverley and has just launched a second inner-city venue on the Windsor end of Chapel Street.

Black Toro Windsor (formerly Shukah) is a blessing for those who appreciate well-executed Latin street food but don't want to travel quite as far East to get it. The menu is similar if not slightly more extensive than Glen Waverley, showcasing snacks, tacos, tostadas and a selection of mostly meaty mains.

Like most modern Melbourne menus, this one is designed to share. While fusion could so easily influence this menu, it doesn't, which is quite refreshing. Most dishes are pretty classic in composition and execution, from the elotes (grilled corn cobs topped with cheese) to the super-cheesy chile relleno to the fresh and vibrant tacos.

The mains take a slight sweet and tropical twist with the inclusions of pineapple (in the Chicken Al Pastor) and banana leaf (in the Lamb Barbacoa). The Sweet Corn Fideos is currently the only one vegetarian main, but it's a showstopper. If you've never had fideos, think wheat-based spaghetti, but broken. This take is prepared with lots and lots of queso.

The cocktails at Black Toro don't take a backseat, with each recipe carefully curated to reflect traditional Mexican recipes that suit the Melbourne palate. If you're up for a big one, you can arrange bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary's and frozen margaritas on Saturdays and Sundays. A selection of wine, beer, both Latin and Latin-inspired, are also available.

Meet the Chef

A slice of Mexico has hit Windsor by way of Glen Waverley. Chef Garen Maskal has opened a second outpost of his popular modern-Mexican restaurant The Black Toro on Chapel Street. 'We wanted something lighter, brighter and more fun here', says Maskal of The Black Toro Windsor, which has taken over the space formerly occupied for two years by his restaurant Shukah, 'I love Mexican flavours cause they're fresh and punchy, with heaps of spices and citrus a no-fuss type of food. Maskal operates the Kalian Group with his cousins Aret and Sasoon Arzadian and is well established in the Melbourne food scene. Together they run Glen Waverley's The Black Toro and Armenian city eatery Sezar. Maskal was once sous chef at Ezard, a history that's reflected clearly by his creativity and outstanding technique. It's best to start with a cocktail and then graze.

Restaurant menu

Chef Garen Maskal
  • Average price $60
Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich
$18.5
crispy spice fried chicken, slaw, spicy mayo, toasted bun
Paprika Chips
$10
Achiote Rice
$6

Dietary options

Gluten free,

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Salmon Ceviche
Jalapeno & Cheese Croquettes
Glazed short Ribs with Salsa Varde

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Food

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8.9/10

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  • Ern C.
    Ern C.

    14 January 20221 review

    9.5/10

    The pork hock is easily the star of the menu and easily feeds 2-3 hungry adults if ordered with matching share plates.

  • Elinor W.

    13 January 20224 reviews

    9/10

    We had the feed me tasting menu and was really happy with everything that we ate!! Also a frozen coconut margarita was perfect to cool me down on a 30 degree day! Great music selection also.

  • Phan T.

    8 January 20227 reviews

    10/10
  • Jenny R.

    8 January 202228 reviews

    8/10
  • Tracey H.
    Tracey H.

    7 January 20228 reviews

    10/10

    Love this place. The margaritas could have used not tequila but the food was great. Get the kingfish tostodas and the friend chicken.

  • Samuel A.
    Samuel A.

    6 January 20227 reviews

    9/10

    Limited menu but very tasty and satisfying Iberian style tapas. Typical casual fine dining vibe with modern contemporary decor but staff are laid back and easy going.

  • Daniel K.

    5 January 202210 reviews

    9.5/10
  • Florence P.

    30 December 20219 reviews

    9.5/10
  • Murali R.

    29 December 202117 reviews

    9/10
  • Michele X.

    24 December 20212 reviews

    9/10

    Food was great, we had the feed me menu and not disappointed

  • Glenn S.

    22 December 20211 review

    8/10
  • Yoong C.

    21 December 202170 reviews

    8/10
  • Maria M.

    21 December 20211 review

    10/10

    Buen lugar para compartir un momento grato con amigos o la familia.

  • Stana S.

    18 December 20213 reviews

    9/10

    Food is delicious , very tasty

  • Josephine L.

    17 December 20218 reviews

    10/10

    Great service and great food

  • David W.

    17 December 20215 reviews

    10/10

    Tasty food and good service. Portion sizes are small and prices aren't cheap, but good for a special occasion.

  • Karina B.

    16 December 202146 reviews

    9/10
  • Tiffany L.

    16 December 20214 reviews

    10/10

    Every time I eat here the food is delicious, the ambience is great and the service is attentive. Seating is comfortable and it is not too loud either. Will keep coming back!

  • Brent Luke V.

    15 December 202125 reviews

    10/10
  • Manny R.
    Manny R.

    15 December 20216 reviews

    10/10

    Very fresh food. Kingfish tostada, rib taco and fish tacos are very good.

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Opening time
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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

How to get to the restaurant

104 chapel street, 3181, Windsor (VIC), Australia

About the restaurant

Drawing inspiration from the colourful eateries of Mexico and Latin-America, The Black Toro adds contemporary Melbourne flare to traditional flavours.

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