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El Toro Restaurant

El-Toro-Scallops

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Irwin’s Mountain Inn, 429 Banff Avenue
403.762.2520
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Spanish, Mexican and Canadian menu options are all available at this stylish restaurant in the heart of the Banff Avenue hotel district where meals are made from scratch. Popular dishes for sharing include tasty tapas and classic Chateaubriand, featuring the best cut of AAA certified Canadian beef. Regulars appreciate El Toro’s winter specials; many choose to dine on Sundays year round when 10% of sales are donated to Grace Centres in Ethiopia, an organization that funds programs to improve the lives of children.

Atmosphere

The interior at El Toro includes ‘street lamp’ columns, and rich wood and leather furnishings. Patrons enjoy the subdued lighting, Latin music, cozy booths and views of Tunnel Mountain.

Menu Samples

  • Breakfast: Eggs Benedict; Omelettes; French Toast; Crêpes; Pancakes; Breakfast Burrito; The Combo (all served with fresh fruit and home-style potatoes)
  • Tapas: manchego cheese flambéed; beef crostinis; seafood ceviche (prawns, salmon and scallops); seared sea scallops; tenderloin skewers; sauza cream prawns; quesadilla; house battered calamari
  • El Toro Platter: marinated olives, prosciutto, calamari, mini beef skewers, assorted cheeses with crackers, plantain chips with guacamole
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli: tomato concassé, cream and fresh basil
  • Salmon Filet: homemade fruit salsa on a bed of greens with roasted potatoes
  • Braised Lamb Shoulder: El Toro’s best seller, slow cooked and tender, served on mashed potatoes with chef’s choice of fresh vegetables
  • AAA Certified Canadian Steaks: tenderloin (mashed potatoes, grilled
    tomatoes and spinach) or striploin (baby roasted potatoes and vegetables)
  • Chateaubriand for Two: choice of roasted red cauliflower soup, Caesar
    salad or El Toro signature salad; 16-oz AAA Alberta beef tenderloin,
    vegetables, potatoes and béarnaise; served au jus and carved at the table
  • Mexican Menu: enchilladas; quesadillas; burritos; fajitas (chicken, beef or prawns and vegetables); all with homemade salsa and guacamole, sour cream, refried beans and Mexican rice
  • Desserts: berry nest; homemade whipped cheesecake; banana flambéed; warm Callebaut chocolate cake; cheese plate

Mains$17 to $46, tapas $8 to $15, breakfast $7 to $15

Drinks: wines $40 to $80, 35 choices; $9 to $12 by the glass, nine choices

Dinner from 5 pm; breakfast 7 to 11 am
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