Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
July 3, 2003
The menu consists mainly of tapas dishes but there are also three types of paella available. You must either order paella in advance or be prepared to wait around 50 minutes and order a few tapas dishes while you wait. If you do this, however, be warned that the dish of paella, designed for two to share, is enormous, so leave room for it and don't overdo the tapas. The tapas menu is vast and varied, offering vegetarian, fish and meat plates. The meatballs (albondigas) come in a gutsy sauce with a nice kick to it and whatever else I try I always order these. There are some great chilli peppers stuffed with minced cod and a delicious salad of marinated roast vegetables, dripping with herby oil.
There is a great selection of breads so that you are sure not to waste a drop of the beautiful sauces your tapas dishes come in and various kinds of olives to nibble on as you await your first dishes. If you want, you can ask that the dishes do not all come together -- it's your choice.
There's a good wine list, starting at very reasonable prices and a selection of local and bottled Spanish beers.
Desserts are available and tend to be of the highly calorific and sticky kind, with a few being typical Spanish puddings, but I usually prefer to finish here with a coffee.
Service is good, staff are friendly and are happy to explain anything on the menu.
El Torrero is a particularly good place to eats in a group because the whole way it's done is very sociable, sharing dishes and sampling what other people have requested. A good way is to order a couple of plates each and then everyone digs in. It's maybe not for those who like to eat quite formally and have possession of their own meal, but the food is so delicious you've got to try it!
The Fog on the Tyne,
Eating Out in Newcastle