Tacofino has opened up yet another location and this time it’s under the Bentall 5 building in the Coal Harbour and financial district area. This location is called Tacofino Oasis. It may be a bit tricky to locate though if you are not familiar with the area as it’s in the back part of the building away from the sidewalk. It’s in the same little plaza as Fujiya.
I work really close by so I came to check them out during my lunch break. Previously their Tacofino White Lightning truck was parked in this area on Burrard street but now that their brick and mortar store is open, the truck will be parked elsewhere. In fact, it even got a new paint job and it’s now pink! Tacofino Oasis is only open till 7pm Monday to Friday and they are closed on weekends. Service was fast despite the long line up and food came pretty fast as well since they have a bigger kitchen compared to the food truck. Read more
Earlier this year Tacofino opened up a restaurant in Gastown and I visited their Burrito Bar (see post here). Their taco bar opened for lunch a few months later so I finally had the chance to try it out. You can enter the Taco Bar side from Blood Alley or just walk through the Burrito Bar side.
We felt like getting some Mexican food for our Friday lunch so we did some quick research on Yelp and found Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial. The decor looks eclectic and fun. The walls are covered with beautiful paintings that you can buy. What we didn’t know was that they were a vegetarian restaurant but we were down to try new things!
I was impressed with the burritos from Sal Y Limon (pronounced sal-ee-leemon) on my last visit but this time I decided to try the quesadillas since I wasn’t as hungry. They’re currently renovating their restaurant and expanding it. Well they were last month anyway so I’m not sure if they’re finished now.
I had the Cheese and Lamb marinated in cilantro Quesadilla. The quesadilla came with a generous amount of sour cream and the lamb filling was smooth, adequately cheesy and well marinated! I also added a bit of their diabla sauce on top and it was super spicy! Spicy as in my lips were going numb and my nose was running but now I that know what it tastes like, I can opt for a less spicy sauce next time.There was also a small side salad that didn’t look appetizing and it had some sort of tomato sauce/salsa on it and I didn’t end up eating it.
They usually have a small line up but service is efficient. Seating is pretty tight though but food is cheap! Read about my last visit here.
I recently visited the newly opened Tacofino in Gastown. I have actually never tried Tacofino before… They have one side which is a Taco Bar and only open 5pm-12am and a Burrito Bar open 11am-12am on the other side. Since I went for lunch, I didn’t get to try their taco bar but the burrito bar side has one fish taco option if you do go during the day. There was a small counter for ordering once you walk in and there was a substantial line up when I got there.
I was tempted to try their gigantic Chocolate Diablo Cookies ($3) sitting in a jar on the counter but I resisted! Despite the long line up, the wait wasn’t too bad and they’re pretty efficient.
All their burritos are also available as a bowl for the same price. It just doesn’t feel like a burrito to me if I get it in a bowl though (tried that once at Chipotle when I was trying to be healthy). I ordered the Chicken Kaarage Burrito wrapped in a flour tortilla with chicken karaage, rice, black chili mayo, sriracha, cabbage, cilantro and guacamole.
I love chicken kaarage so this Japanese-Mexican fusion burrito hit the spot for me! It was love at first bite. Super crispy chicken was in every bite and the flour tortilla was surprisingly soft but sort of chewy too. The chili mayo and sriracha flavours were subtle but still took the burrito to the next level. Guacamole was mentioned in the description but I didn’t taste much of it. The cabbage and cilantro tasted crunchy and fresh with a hint of lime.
If you love fried chicken then this is the burrito for you! Why didn’t someone come up with this sooner? It’s slightly pricier than your average burrito but I thought it was worth it.