Energy was high at the Black Toro in Glen Waverly this week, celebrating The Day of the Dead Festival or “Dia de los Muertos”, if I may. The Black Toro went all out with creating an authentic ambience, staff had their faces painted with the “Calavera” (or Sugar Skull) make up. Miniature skull and flower shrines were scattered across the bar and restaurant, while Mexican band ‘Maiachio Los Valentinos’ played, transporting us from a Melbourne restaurant to modern Mexico.
Canapés and tasters worked the room, including mini-burgers, lamb and pork tacos, deep fried cheese and chorizo and my personal favourite, fried jalapeños with goat’s cheese. The Black Toro weren’t kidding around. The bar had an array of different spirits and liquors, the smooth operator mixologist was shaking out tequila cocktails and possibly the best strawberry mojito I’ve ever tasted, a true delight.
More importantly, the staff showed utmost care and joy in what they were doing, taking the time to pose for photos, make everyone feel welcome and enjoy the festivities of the night.
As the night continued and people became lively, the Melbourne Salsa School from St. Kilda took to the floor and busted out some Spanish salsa moves, asking couples in the audience to try their luck at salsa. The entire restaurant was captivated, watching as music played and couples swayed and shuffled along to it. This quaint restaurant (with a big heart) in Glen Waverly payed excellent homage to ‘The Day of the Dead Festival’, indeed a Mexican fiesta to be remembered.
The Black Toro is located on 79 Kingsway, Glen Waverly. Visit The Black Toro Facebook page for more details.
For more information on the JLP Day of the Dead Festival or to find out about participating bars and restaurants visit the Day of the Dead Festival website.