Taqueria Arturo – Montreal’s latest Mexican restaurant taco hot spot
Taqueria Arturo – Internationally renowned chef Matt McKean graced the city with a new, vibrant Mexican restaurant Taqueria Arturo located on Prince Arthur Street is a new Mexican taco restaurant focused on creating the most delicious and authentic tacos and burritos, along with an array of cocktails to please the palette. While walking into Taqueria Arturo, I not only felt like I was traveling down south to a Mexican Taqueria, but I also felt like I was walking into a holy sanctuary.
Taqueria Arturo’s vintage-lit location with church pews and church candles spread among the restaurant makes you feel like you’ve just entered a Catholic Mexican church. The small local, with a seating for 77 hungry people, is dim, nostalgic but most importantly, the tacos served are unquestionably some of the best I’ve ever eaten. As for alcohol, Taqueria Arturo is probably one of the main Mezcal destinations. One too many shots of this and you’ll definitely feel like you’re in Mexico!
The menu serves a variety of Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, guacamole and tortillas with a hint of Middle Eastern and Asian flare. The guacamole is definitely on point. Smooth and flavorful paired with the perfect toasted tortilla chip, it’s a perfect entrée to get you salivating and wanting more.
One of my favourite taco dishes on the menu is by far the tuna tostada made with Ahi Tuna sashimi, chipotle aioli, crispy leeks and avocado on a crispy corn tortilla. That tuna was perfect. The menu is will definitely please anyone, with meat-lover options to vegetarian options to spicy and moderate, I haven’t found a place just like this one yet in the city. “We wanted to kick things up a notch with the menu and offer an eclectic variety of tacos and burritos.” Says owner and chef Matt McKean, “From our Gochjujang Rib eye with fermented chili paste and grilled kimchee to our Peking Duck with pickled daikon and hoisin, the concentration is on pushing the flavour profiles forward and straying away from the typical Mexican fare.”
To complete his visionary team and the concept for Taqueria Arturo, McKean is collaborating with Chef Jason Joyal (owner of Diablos Smokehouse) and a New Orleans native who will be smoking all of the meats used in the tacos and burritos being served at Taqueria Arturo.
For those who haven’t been to Diablos Smokehouse, it’s a must. For someone who love tacos and Mexican food as much as myself, I was impressed with the authenticity of Taqueria Arturo as well as the sustainability and simplicity in the cooking. Chef McKean gave me a quick tour of the kitchen and ingredients where it’s clear that only fresh, sustainable produce are used in the making of these delicious dishes.
So, take a cheat day or a cheat night and visit this new taco heaven! You won’t regret it.
64 Prince Arthur Street E., Montreal, Quebec H2X 1B3
By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
Feature photo: Arturo Taqueria baja fish chorizo