Food Review

La Carnita – Review

Good Afternoon Everyone,

As we all know that the weekend is in line descending by, yesterday myself and my team at work went to this Mexican Fusion restaurant named ” La Carnita”.

I am here today quoting down my reviews on this restaurant. There are total of 5 franchisee for this restaurant in Toronto, they are at – John Street, Queen Street, College Street, Eglinton Avenue and Square one city centre drive. We went to the one near to my workplace which was located at John Street, just north of the Bell lighthouse.

The place seems to be give you a retro and vintage look both from outside as well as from inside. It is a two storeyed place which fills up really fast as it is located in the centre of the Toronto downtown and of course because of its delicious menu on plate. Talking about the menu, they cover almost all the authentic mexican names – Tacos, Burritos, Tostadas, Tortillas and what not …..

The menu do have the signature La Carnita fusion dishes which includes Tortila Chips with Dip ( $5.95), In cod we trust Tacos ( $4.95), Achiote Chicken ( $5.95), Spicy Tuna ( $6.95), Creamy Mushroom ( $5.95), Crispy Cotija ( $5.75). The rates listed in the menu were pretty reasonable and worth the cost.

They have this Lunch Frixie offer which includes – 1 starter , it could be either the corn chips with Dipping sauce; 2 tacos on the entree, it could be any Taco of your choice and ending with a dessert. I will talk about the dessert part later 🙂

The best thing i liked about the place was their Corn chips along with the Dipping Sauce. The chips were accurately roasted and was giving a crunch in each bite. It had some ground spices ( it tasted more like earthy black pepper) sprinkled on top of the chips which made it even more delicious. It was paired with Guacamole and Salsa sauce. Let me tell you, it was the most amazing Guacamole sauce i ever had in my life until now. It was tangy, buttery and the cream of the avocado was literally melting in the mouth.

I did order 2 Tacos – The first one was Achiote Chicken made from a blend of spices that includes oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and garlic, achiote paste (also known as recado rojo). It was served with a bright and spicy pineapple-cilantro salsa to balance out the deep spices of the grilled chicken. Each bite was stipulating a blend of sweetness/sourness and a hint of spiciness. It was something unique and of course really flavorful.

The second tacos was Crispy Cotija which was a vegetarian option and one of my wisest decision ..haha… So Cotija is basically hard cow’s milk cheese in street food-style cookies, sweet-salty corn salad or on top of black bean dip. So, this taco had red bean gravy garnished with pickled carrots/cilantro and fried Cotija Cheese. The mix of the Cotija and red bean was making this Taco a perfect one!!.

They also had many other options like Spicy creamy Mushroom, sweet potato, Baja Shrimp and Pollo Frito. My colleagues also had the spicy mushroom and did provide an excellent feedback. Pollo Frito Tacos had this fried chicken topping on top, i could not try those but did receive good feedback for that as well.

Last but not the least, we did order the 2 very popular mexican desserts ( churros and tres lache cake). Both the desserts were sugary, loaded with immense flavor and worth the penny.

I really cannot describe all of those in more words, you must visit this place if you get a chance to visit downtown or Mississauga.I bet you will never regret.

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Crispy Cotija and Achiote Chicken Tacos

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