El Toro

Restaurants, Grills West Kensington
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El Toro
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As well as serving the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef from Argentina, Hammersmith's El Toro has a range of pizza, pasta and fish dishes on offer. The corner restaurant, open seven days a week and with free WiFi, is a minute's walk from Kensington Olympia station.

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Venue name: El Toro
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Address: 87 Hammersmith Road
London
W14 0QH
Transport: Tube: Kensington tube or Kensington (Olympia) rail
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GirlAboutLondon
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This Argentinian restaurant is a funny little place. Opposite Olympia exhibition centre and close to Hammersmith, it's in a great location.

I've lived around the corner from it for nearly 5 years, walked past it often but never wanted to go in because it looks so dated and badly done up. In fact a few years ago I bought a voucher deal for it but ended up requesting a refund when I realised it was for that place!

But then some friends mentioned that they love going to El Toro because the steak is so good. They're foodie friends, I trust their judgement so decided to give it a go. I can honestly say I was blown-away by the food.

Don't get me wrong- there's a lot wrong with this place, mainly the decor.

You have to go in there with an open-mind; I really can't understand how anyone would think their restaurant looks good (or even just acceptable) when it's full of clutter, random signs and old, disused equipment. There's plastic flowers on the tables, and dusty ornaments behind the bar.

The 'sign' in the ladies explaining how to flush the loo takes the cake because it's not actually a sign- rather someone has just taken to writing on the wall in permanent marker.

However, aesthetics aside, the steak is one of the best I've had in London. It's top quality, cooked well and my foodie friends describe it as being 'as good as Gaucho's'.

I've now been there 4 times in the last year and always had a great meal.

Yes it does help that they have a presence on discount/ voucher sites; I've always gone there on a deal. Would I walk in an pay full price? No. Most of the bad reviews El Toro receives seem to be people that have just walked in, paid full price and are appalled at the whole setting.

The service can be hit and miss too- I find the waiters and waitresses generally fine and friendly enough, but the manager can be unprofessional- clearly loathing the fact that a lot of bums on seats is down to voucher deals.

But for me, paying £21 for two courses and sides, for two people, for really good steak, is well worth it. I can just about see beyond the rest.

Tariq K

Prominent corner location with wide variety of excellent tasting food in generous amounts.