Toro Is Opening in Bangkok

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are taking Boston's standout tapas to Asia.

Chefs Ken Oringer (L) and Jamie BIssonnette. / Photo by Noah Fecks

(L to R) Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. / Photo by Noah Fecks

The next time you’re backpacking through Southeast Asia and crave a taste of Boston—albeit our Spanish cuisine—you could head to Toro. Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are on their way to Thailand to open their third tapas spot in Bangkok.

No sleep til Bangkok. Taking off mañana to go open @toro_bkk @kenoringer & I are pumped! #paintedsky

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Oringer and Bissonnette, who also own Coppa and the soon-to-open Little Donkey, debuted Toro in New York City in 2013. While Bostonians don’t necessarily like to share their best chefs—can you blame us?—Toro NYC’s existence has not spelled the demise of our treasured tapas joint. Grub Street has even pointed out that expanding to Chelsea kicked off a year for Bissonnette that included winning a James Beard award, publishing his first cookbook, and being warmly welcomed in the bigger city.

Oringer has had a big year in 2016. On New Year’s Eve, he spent the last night at his first restaurant, the fine dining gamechanger that was Clio. A bigger, better, more beautiful Uni expanded into its place just a month later. This spring, along with Bissonnette, Oringer is crossing the Charles River into Central Square, with all-day small plates and a raw bar. The duo have been tight-lipped about what to expect from Little Donkey, except that it’ll serve globally-inspired fare daily at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

It’s safe to say we’ll see some Southeast Asian fare after the two-week trip to Thailand.

In early May, an email signature from an Oringer representative said the restauranteurs are also planning a Dubai Toro.

Toro, 1704 Washington St., Boston, 617-536-4300,