I first came across this modest little number, hidden in the suburb of Glen Waverley, while I was reading an article on Broadsheet Melbourne about the latest Peanut Butter dessert craze taking Melbourne by storm. Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that peanut butter and I go together like cookies and cream, bees and honey, bonnie and clyde....you get the picture. So, after reading the article, I knew I would have to try this dessert if it was the last thing I ever did... and quickly.
The Father's Day special was the banquet menu consisting of several Poco (little) dishes and sides, and one Grande (big) dish at $45 per person. Being a Spanish/Mexican cuisine newbie, I had no particular cravings for anything and was open to having a little of something - so, as usual, this was the perfect kind of menu for me.
|Potato and cheese empanada with sweet corn puree and soft herbs|
|Hervey Bay scallops with pea puree, freeze dried corn and lemon|
|Pickled beetroot salad, whipped goats cheese, puffed quinoa & caperberries|
|Spicy pulled pork taco, shredded cabbage & sour cream|
|Wagyu beef slider with toasted brioche, pickled cucumber, cheese and ancho ketchup|
Meanwhile, the beef sliders were cooked to rare-medium perfection and were supported nicely by the puffy and crusty texture of the toasted brioche.
|Roasted whole chicken, mole poblano, charred lime, achiote rice|
|Deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice-cream, and honeycomb|
Can I just say that Garen Maskal is a contemporary peanut butter dessert genius? Presentation and flavour wise, there was absolutely no fault. At several times during the consumption of this dish (which lasted all of about 2 minutes), I kept switching between the lavish peanut butter cheesecake and velvety dark chocolate ice cream for fear of neglecting one flavour for the other. The crispy honeycomb bits gave a bit of crunchiness to the dish and was the cherry on top of a fantastic dessert.
Suffice it to say, I am so very grateful to have broken my tradition of opting for expensive, and frankly disappointing 'fine dining' restaurants of the CBD for special occasions. My skyhigh expectations for this dessert were most certainly met and I believe my experience at The Black Toro to have been worth every cent. Already planning my next trip here to try the Frozen Nutella parfait, broken tres leches cake, toasted meringue & banana!
The Black Toro
Glen Waverley VIC 3150