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El Torito’s Cantina Nights

We dined as a guest of the venue


We recently had the pleasure of attending El Torito Grill in Irvine and sampling their new Cantina Menu. We’re here to tell you, you’re in for a nice surprise!

Introducing a fresh fun menu and another new concept, First Friday’s each month. We can’t wait to return!

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Photo courtesy of El Torito

If you’re feeling spicy and thirsty, try the Pica de Sandia; a watermelon purée with red pepper tequila, a squeeze of lime and agave nectar. Mmm, sure sounds good, right? Also featured is a Mezcal Y Spicy Mango; with tequila, mescal, mango purée, muddled jalapeño and squeeze of lime. You’ll find several other beverages; these were some of our favorites, we tend to enjoy a spicy fusion cocktail.

As we sipped our drinks, the cantina had created a cozy environment; fire burning and a great acoustic guitar performer. A perfect way to unwind from a busy week and chat about the upcoming weekend.

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Feeling a bit hungry we started with a tres ceviche; salmon, shrimp, mahi mahi served with tortilla chips. Each a little different and so fresh and palate pleasing.

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Photo courtesy of El Torito

We’re big taco people, so much that we could probably eat a different version daily. No joke. So we had to try the Filet Mignon Asada Tacos. Just writing about them makes us want to return now. A perfect tortilla, not too soft or crispy filled with a seasoned filet, bacon chipotle slaw, jalapeño, pickled red onion and cotija.

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Photo courtesy of El Torito

Another little gem which can be enjoyed either as an appetizer or dessert was the Apple and Brie Quesadilla. Oh my goodness, it was delicious! Why didn’t we ever think of this before? If you enjoy apples and brie, it’s a must get!

You’ll find many other new pleasing plates to enjoy. Chef Johannes Bernau has brought a lovely, fresh menu to El Torito Grill. We think you’ll enjoy the cantina concept and so will your palate. So plan that next evening out at El Torito Grill in Irvine and enjoy!

El Torito Grill is located at: 1910 Main Street, Irvine, CA

Darice is a very active mother of a gorgeous daughter. Darice, enjoys a career in sales, surrounded by many friends and family; always taking on another opportunity for growing and networking. A people person who embraces trying new things, helping others, a social butterfly and enjoys cheering on her niece and nephew at soccer and/or volleyball games.

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