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. Continue reading →
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!
My favourite colour is blue so I was instantly mesmerized by this blue themed painting with some trees and clouds clearly reflected in a body of water.
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.
My friends and I wanted something quick to eat so we spotted Salsa Agave and it looked decently busy so we thought we’d give it a try. I’m all for trying new things! Most of the things on their menu are around $10.
Complimentary chips and dip were offered for the table but the dip tasted a lot like tomato sauce/marinara sauce and not salsa which I thought was weird. The chips were okay. For some reason my picture refuses to show up sorry!
Someone ordered a burrito. Didn’t try this but it seemed really big and served with guacamole and sour cream on the side.
So I rarely ever eat Mexican food really and when I do it’s not authentic so I can’t say I know much about burritos but so far these are the BEST that I’ve ever eaten! Ok so I don’t eat many burritos so you gotta keep that in mind. However, I am now going to try all the burritos I can find so I can compare them!
Sal Y Limon is located on Kingsway and Fraser in this small complex that I would never visit otherwise. In other words, it’s a bit of a hole in the wall but I’m so glad I found it! The inside looks alright and there was a steady stream of customers. The parking lot is really small though.
I had the Pierna Burrito which was slow roasted pulled pork (yes I still have a thing for pulled pork) and it’s nice that they cut it in half for you so you can see all the lovely ingredients. The burrito was really juicy and flavourful and the rice was really good. I didn’t even mind the beans in there. You can also customize it so if you want extra jalapenos or something, go for it! I just had everything in it. I just can’t describe how good this was!!! The pork was really soft and tender too and the burrito was just mildly spicy to me even though there were jalapenos. The tortilla wrap was quite soft and thin and it held everything really well. I thought the burrito might be bigger but it was a good size for me and the flavour made up for it! Price was good too. They also have a variety of different salsas and sauces you can use ranging from mild to spicy! You can try them all by putting them in little containers.
My co worker got some tacos which she also thought were pretty good and comparable to La Taqueria. Top left: fish taco, top right: chicken, bottom right: pulled pork, bottom left: marinated pork with pineapple. She said the fish taco was the best!
This place was so good that my co workers and I decided to come back the following week. :D Yes we were that impressed! I got another burrito, this time I had the Cordero Al Cilantro which was lamb marinated in cilantro. I put some chipotle sauce on top before I took the picture. I liked the lamb even more than the pulled pork!!! It was just marinated even better and the flavour was stronger? If you don’t like lamb then you’re probably not going to get this but if you do it’s delicious! I noticed the second half of the burrito got really oily though because the wrapper was wet. =/ Other than that it was still really good!
I also tried my friend’s horchata which I’ve never tried before. It’s a drink made with rice and barley and cinnamon and it basically looks like milk and tastes like cinnamon flavoured milk! It was pretty good :)
I wouldn’t coming back again soon but it can get messy! I have to try more Mexican food now! Burritos here I come!