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.
Chicha is a Peruvian restaurant and I don’t think there are many Peruvian restaurants in Vancouver. The food is served tapas style. They also only have lunch on Fridays and brunch on weekends. Since my co workers and I go out every Friday, this was a perfect opportunity to try some Peruvian food. Also, I saw Follow Me Foodie post some pictures on Facebook from Chicha so that totally helped us make our dining decision!
Here’s a quick snapshot of the menu. It was a bit different from their online menu.
My co workers both had the Empanadas with chicken served with a side of salsa. There were 2 pieces in a flaky pastry shell. The chicken was quite moist and tender from that one bite that I tried. It felt a bit expensive though for $12.
For myself, I had the Roast Pork Sandwich with fries and it was damn tasty! The pork was super tender and moist but not too fatty at the same time. The sandwich was also dripping with what looked like mustard but it was some sort of aioli sauce and it was really juicy. The ciabatta bun was nice and soft and there were some greens in the sandwich to balance out the pork. Another notable mention is the glazed yams inside which added some sweetness to the sandwich. Definitely did not regret getting this! The fries were also nice and crisp too and accompanied by a side of spicy mayo. This sandwich was a win albeit messy to eat!
Ok so the tapas do seem pretty expensive but the sandwich was worth it.