It’s Cinco de Mayo only comes once a year but the craving for great Mexican food seems to come all the time, and what better way to crush that craving than with an authentic, Mexican food review of Taqueria El Gordo in Little Burgundy Montreal.
At first glance, customers will notice authentic Mexican decor, with unique Calavera (Mexican skull) paintings on the walls. Their menu will please carnivores as well as vegeterians, each selection being tastier than the next.
We were greeted with their famous cocktails, including their margarita with none other than tequila as the main ingredient and what a delicious margarita it was! The perfect margarita can’t be too sweet, nor too strong, and their cocktail didn’t fall short of that expectation. Their chips, salsa and guacamole entree was a great introduction to the flavours we were about to indulge in.
We stuck to the taco menu and chose their portobello tacos topped with goat cheese, cilantro and avocado, on a bed of jalapeno aioli and pico de gallo. These portobello mushrooms were meaty, juicy and surprisingly my favourite. The goat cheese was an interesting touch and definitely made the difference.
The next taco on our list was the pescado, also known as fish tacos. The tacos main ingredient being fresh fish with a cucumber, mango, tomato and cilantro salsa topped with a creamy cabbage and avocado cream. Fish tacos are my go-to at any Mexican restaurant. The fish was cooked to perfection. It was flaky and well seasoned. The home made salsa added freshness to the taco. The pairing was perfect.
The last tacos we tried were the fried chicken tacos. Definitely not something you see on a Mexican menu everyday. The fried chicken tacos were accompanied with a chipotle mayo, guacamole and a creamy cabbage apple slaw. The chicken was crispy yet juicy on the inside, just the way any fried chicken should be.
Finally, we had the chance to try both desserts on the menu: the lime and cream of coconut pie and their homemade churros with a caramel cream for dunking. The churros were phenomenal! Hot, fresh, crunchy, and soft; there are not enough words to describe how great they were. The pie was refreshing and light. An interesting twist on a traditional key lime pie. (This article was written in 2018)
Taqueria El Gordo
2518 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, Quebec H3J 1N5
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 4 p.m.