Coincidentally (?), both Willamette Week and The Oregonian came out with a review of the Spanish tapas restaurant Toro Bravo this week. I can’t remember a week where I’ve had so many letters and phone calls about two divergent reviews. 100% of them have been negative towards the Oregonian version, with comments along the lines of “Karen Brooks doesn’t know anything about Spanish cuisine”, “she just doesn’t get the restaurant”, and here pretentious writing: “house pampered meat,” “deep chew,” “pristine, lusty and lip-smacking,” and “I’ve done some glorious crunching here”. Shudder
I’m not going to draw any conclusions here. I don’t buy the talk that The Oregonian rushed out a badly written review in an attempt to embarrass Willamette Week for their choice for restaurant of the year. Instead, I’m just going to link to them for you to read, and will say they both make some good points, but overall, I agree with Willamette Week.
Oregonian review [no longer on the web]