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Miami Spice at Toro Toro: Small Plates Galore

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Toro Toro opened in late 2012, and now has joined Miami Spice, which includes an impressive selection of over 100 restaurants. The pan-Latin restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel is all about sharing. The menu regularly features a selection of small plates and meat platters family style. The first one on every visit? Colombia. Toro Toro immediately serves up pandebono -- an alternative to bread. And a great one. Just careful cause these bad boys are filling,.

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- Toro Toro's Miami Spice Cocktail Competition: Free Samples, $5 Drinks

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At the luxury dining price point -- $39 per person -- Toro Toro's Miami Spice is filled with choices -- five in each category. And since it's all meant for sharing, if your entire party opts for a different choice, then well, you got yourself a party.

Joey Scorza's winning cocktail, the ginger snap mojito, was picked by diners in an internal competition that put Toro Toro's mixologists up against each other. The drink features Domaine de Canton, Art in the Age Snap, mint, lime, jalapeño-infused syrup and salt on the rim. So good we couldn't even wait to take a picture before downing half.

Going the healthy route? The Toro Toro chopped salad packs chayote, edamame, queso fresco, crispy pork belly, roasted corn, tortilla and sherry vinaigrette into one. OK, so pork belly isn't exactly healthy, but it's delicious, and the reason why we ordered this in the first place.

Don't care about those calories? You want to go for any of the other appetizer offerings, specifically the arepas -- a Toro Toro staple. Made whole and topped with short rib, guacamole and creme fresca, these are not to be missed. You might even have a hard time sharing them. Other appetizers options include picadillo empanada, choclo empanada or arroz chaufa.

Entrees offer a variety of items, from pollo a la brasa with mofongo, to achiote BBQ salmon with bacon and mushrooms, or arroz con marisco. Chorizo, calamari, shrimp, scallops, and mussels all make an appearance in this saffron rice dish.

In the mood for some meat? You are in a steakhouse after all. Get the churrasco a la parilla served on a bed of boniato and roasted corn salsa. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the tempura pickled chiles hidden somewhere between your rolled meat. There's also a churrasco platter for a $10 surcharge that includes picanha steak, omaha ribeye, lamp chop, chorizo sausage, and achiote chicken.

Each Miami spice meal also comes with your choice of a side dish. There's arroz congri, asparagus and broccolini, creamed spinach, truffle fried with smoked ketchup or yuca fries. And don't forget dessert. A toro tres leches, creme catalana, or ice cream/sorbet selection is up for grabs. Toro Toro on to downtown and Miami Spice it up any night. It's available Monday thru Sunday for dinner and Monday thru Friday for lunch.

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