Posts Tagged ‘Mexican’

LOS CUERVOS TAQUERIA AND CANTINA

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603 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-1518

Web: www.loscuevos.ca

Twitter: @LosCuervosTacos

Advice: A great place to go with friends or go solo and sit at the bar.

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

It’s bright, colourful and energetic, this taqueria and cantina has everything you would want in this neighborhood. As I was exploring the neighborhood recently, this was a spot that many suggested I visit, that I did, going in solo. I had the Tinga De Pollo Tostada ($5) warm pulled chicken, chipotle-tomato sauce, green onion, lettuce and crema; the Canaron Taco ($4) lightly battered prawns, guacamole, tamarind sauce, pico de gallo, flour tortilla; along with the Chayote Taco ($3.75) with Chayote with black beans, sweet corn puree and crispy hominy of which that were delicious and full of latin flavours.

I loved the open kitchen where I could watch the chefs in action, the servers are friendly and fun making for a memorable experience. There were a few bottles of home-made salsas on each of the tables for use at your discretion, whether you like it mild, hot or hotter. You will also find a good cocktail list with Tequila, Mezcal and more!

This is one of those wonderful finds, which I hope decide to offer a weekend brunch!

Review By: Richard Wolak

New Dishes at La Mezcaleria

I always look forward to tasting the new dishes these chefs create at this Mexican eatery on the Eastside, I recently tasted some of their newest creations.

1st Dish:

Tamarind Squid

Tamarind Squid

Tamarind Squid Barbequed squid, with sweet soy and tamarind marinade, garlic peanuts, cilantro and chile de arbol.

2nd Dish:

Sopes Tortilla Soup

Sopes Tortilla Soup

Sopes Tortilla Soup Traditional pasilla chile spiced tomato soup with crispy tortilla strips, diced avocado, shredded mozzarella and sour cream.

3rd Dish:

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken)

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken)

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) Slow steam cooked lamb in a guajillo chile sauce with cinnamon, tomatillo, peppers and onions; and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken) Slow steam cooked chicken in a green tomatillo sauce with onions, cilantro and poblano peppers. Almost like a stew, with rice and beans.

4th Dish:

Guava Cake

Guava Cake

Guava Cake, Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca

One of the newest additions to the menu is the Mixiote which is a traditional pit-barbecued meat dish originating in central Mexico. The meat is cubed with the bone and seasoned with pasilla and guajillo chili peppers, cumin, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, cloves and garlic. It is then wrapped in small packages made of the tough semi-transparent outer skin of the leaves of the maguey or with parchment paper which is the way they do it here, it reminded me of Papillotte cooking which one would find in French cuisine.

La Mezcaleria

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8226

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

By: Richard Wolak

LA CASITA TACOS

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1773 Robson St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 685-8550

Web: http://lacasitatacos.ca/

Twitter: @lacasitatacos

Advice: DIY salsa bar. Office delivery.

Salsa Bar

Salsa Bar

Located in the cultural melting pot of the Western end of Robson, surrounded by ramen eateries, is this Mexican taco joint that serves authentic eats. To accompany your tacos, there are salsas made fresh daily adding that authenticity of being in Mexico.

Cod Fish Ceviche

Cod Fish Ceviche

Plate of 4 Tacos

Plate of 4 Tacos

Churros

Churros

I indulged in the Cod Fish Ceviche ($7) Cod fish marinated in the lime juice tossed with tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno and topped with fresh avocado and corn chips for dipping to start. Since I was in a taco joint, it was a must that I had a Plate of 4 Tacos ($10 for 4) with the delicious Chicken Mole Taco – White and dark chicken seasoned with onion, salt, pepper and oregano; Carnitas Taco with its fresh flavours, the Baja Fish Taco – Pacific cod in a Mexican beer batter. and the Beef Carne Asada Con Rajas Taco – Grilled beef sirloin with poblano peppers and onions. Presently there is only one dessert on the menu and it’s the popular Churros ($2.50) a straight sugar coated Mexican donut with whipped cream.

You will also find a selection of boozy and not Mexican drinks, a heated patio and friendly servers.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LA MEZCALARIA

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8226

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Advice: Reservations a must.

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food and culture and this new East side spot on the drive has nailed it on the food and drinks side as well on the decor side with its hip ambiance. The room has an open kitchen with a cool setup for diners to eat and watch the chefs in action as well as a full bar offering a similar perspective to chat with the bartenders.

Margarita and Special

Verdes Chicken Enchiladas

Papa Flautas

My friend Josh Langston joined me for dinner starting off with a couple of their house drinks, followed by our sharing of their outstanding Verdes Chicken Enchiladas ($13) with a green tomatillo sauce which had a nice spice kick, outstanding refried beans and Spanish rice; we also shared the vegetarian Papa Flautas ($12) 4 flautas filled with roasted garlic and mashed potato. This is food made with love, you can see how passionate the chefs are and you can truly taste this in their cooking.

They have an extensive mezcal selection, as well have their version of a Cheese Fondue that I am already craving for my next visit which will be very soon!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Mexican Fiesta at Lubavitch Vancouver

On February 10th I was invited to attend a Mexican Fiesta dinner at the Lubavitch Centre where Chabad Catering created a delicious all you can eat meal featuring Kosher Mexican dishes created by Chef Menajem. The room was filled with families, who enjoyed an all Kosher dinner themed with dishes from Mexico.

Chicken Mole

Corn Tortillas

Shredded Beef and Onions

Tamales de Pollo

My favourite dishes of the meal were the Chicken Mole, Tacos with shredded beef and onions along with the Tamales de Pollo.

Q & A with Chef Menajem Peretz

Can you tell me how the Mexican Fiesta came about?

Since I moved here their have been a lack of options when it comes to kosher food it is always frustrating, although we do have a few restaurants/cafeterias in Vancouver, there aren’t many choices out there.

In December we started planning something for families to do on the 24th of December, and we did an All you can Eat Chinese  food, after a great event I decided to do ethnic food once a month.

I lived in Mexico back in 2000, and I wanted expose the community into more authentic Mexican Food.

Actually after this coming Passover we have planned to do an All you can Eat BBQ dinner.

Was this your 1st theme kosher dinner or have there been others?

As a mentioned before I did the Chinese Dinner and back in Ottawa we always created theme dinners.

Could you explain your kitchen setup, as I understand this dinner was kosher and was meat oriented

I run a 100% kosher kitchen I have both facilities (Meat and Dairy), in the case of the Mexican dinner I decided to use the meat kitchen considering that I had more dishes to offer, but when the time is right and we plan an Italian dinner I will choose the dairy kitchen.

What type of food does Chabad Catering offer in addition to these theme dinners?

We are a catering company, but we go above and beyond for our customers to design the entire party. Although we are located in Vancouver we service our clients at any location in need. From weddings in Whistler to a party in Victoria or a family reunion in Banff we move all our equipment to the location, my policy is to please my customers in any need or circumstance.

When is your next theme dinner and what will the theme of the cuisine be?

I am Originally from Argentina, so the next theme dinner after Passover will be an All you can eat Argentina BBQ.

The dinner was held at the Lubavitch Centre at 5750 Oak Street in Vancouver. If you are interested in having your event catered with Kosher cuisine, contact Chef Menajem Peretz at Chabad Catering.

By: Richard Wolak

THE MEXICAN

1049 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-0955

Web: www.themexican.ca

Twitter: @ThemexicanYVR

Advice: Take out is always an option if there are no available seats. No reservations.

Horchata

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enfrijolades

Champinones Quesadillas

From the moment I walked into this authentic Mexican cantina, it was as I arrived to a small town in Mexico, ready to enjoy some traditional dishes. I have visited a few times already and each time I have enjoyed the same love for the food and the servers. Most recently, I had a Horchata ($1.65) cold and refreshing beverage along with the house specialty, outstanding Chicken Enchiladas ($15.50) with shredded chicken, with a delicious ancho chile sauce topped with cheese, onion, sour cream along with a salad. I have also had the Chicken Enfrijolades ($11) cheese filled tortillas covered with bean sauce topped with cheese and sour cream with salad; on one of the visits, my friend Kenji had the Champinones Quesadillas ($4) with mixed mushrooms cooked Mexican style.

Three Milk Cake

You will find an extensive menu featuring many Mexican favourites including Sopes, Tacos, Tostadas, Quesadillas and a large selection of house specialties. Make sure you have some room for dessert, they seem to only offer two choices,  on the last visit I ordered one of their traditional desserts which was delicious, the Three Milk Cake ($6.15). If you love Mexican, get over there soon!

Review By: Richard Wolak

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5 – 701 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-677-4247

Web: n/a

Twitter:  @Salylimonvan

Advice: order the home-made potato chips over the tortilla chips, visit the complementary salsa bar. No reservations.

Finding an authentic restaurant serving delicious Mexican food has often been a challenge to find in our city, that is until now. Last night, my friend Ajay Masala Puri joined me for dinner to discover this hidden gem. Some would say it’s off the beaten track, and I’d say it’s in the heart of EastVan’s new restaurant row. The décor is simple and you aren’t here for that anyway, you are here for the authentic Mexican dishes. A couple of families run the place together, having been in the restaurant business back in their home country of Mexico.

Super Vegetariana Huaraches

Cordero al Cilantro (lamb) Huaraches

Home-made Potato Chips

Salsa Bar

Brownie con Lechara

I had the Super Vegetariana Huaraches ($8.75) a home-made corn tortilla topped with delicious black beans, vegetables, panella cheese and more goodness. I made my dish a combo for an extra $2 (you have a choice of soup, coleslaw, potato chips or tortilla chips) which included home-made potato chips and salsas from the salsa bar along with a Horchata sweet cinnamon-flavored milk which was also very good. Ajay had the Cordero al Cilantro (lamb) Huaraches ($8.50) and his was a combo as well. We both then shared the one and only dessert, Brownie con Lechara ($3.75) which was Yum.

You will find an extensive menu featuring many Mexican favourites including Sopes, Tacos, Burritos, Huaraches, Quesadillas and Tortas along with very friendly service and reasonable prices. I am already looking forward to my next visit to try the Smoked Chicken Huaraches!

Review by: Richard Wolak

COMA FOOD TRUCK

Mobile within Vancouver

Tel: n/a

Web: http://www.comafoodtruck.com/

Twitter: @comafoodtruck

Advice: Follow them on twitter for daily open hours and location.

Korean style BBQ Burrito

You have heard of Tex Mex, now there is Korean Mex, yes you heard me right, here at Coma Korea meets Mexico as flavours merge and tantalize your tastebuds. There are a few different offerings on the menu which mixes up Korean ingredients with Mexican flavours and known dishes. I had the tasty Korean style BBQ Burrito ($5.99) filled with cheese, vegetables, corns, tofu, Korean sweet and spicy beef wrapped as a burrito. You will also find Korean Nuggets, a Korean style sweet and spicy chicken dish; Stuffed Seaweed Rolls and more, next time I am going to have the Kimchi Quesadilla!

Review By: Richard Wolak

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