Everyone kept raving about La Capital Tacos, an authentic taco shop in Chinatown (of all places in Montreal). A few friends of ours who had been to Mexico had told us that this was the closest thing to an authentic Mexican taqueria in Montreal. Well we haven’t been to Mexico, but we love the sound of authentic Mexican cuisine.
Diva #1, Sweet Pea, P’tit Soeur and Cruella were out for a darling girls’ night, but of course Potato crashed our night and surprised us. We can’t really blame him, we had crashed his date just the night before. Be careful what you put on snapchat dear readers, the Divas take your posts as an invitation to meet up with you! Potato found that out the hard way…
We started with the Monterey jack cheese queso crisp which was actually a very thin slice of cheese that was fried to a chip like texture. It came with a creamy avocado dipping sauce that was a delicious combination with the cheese. We always judge a Mexican restaurant by their guacamole, and we ordered two servings of the large guacamole at La Capital Tacos. White onions, jalapenos and tomatoes sat on top of delicious mashed avocado with lime juice; perfect with the crispy tortilla chips that were provided.
All their tacos came three to an order, but since we were five they accommodated our number and for an additional cost brought us five tacos to an order. We started with the ribeye taco which was made up of grilled beef with a jalapeno emulsion and plenty of fresh coriander. Cebollitas asadas were also in this taco, they are grilled spring onions or large scallions, with lime juice. It definitely added another dimension of flavour and they paired well with the grilled beef.
La Capital Tacos is known for their pastor tacos, a Mexican dish that was created due to the influx of Lebanese immigrants into Mexico City. The marinated pork is cooked on a spit roast, similar to how shawarma is cooked, and then sliced off into a taco. At La Capital Tacos their pastor tacos are garnished with onion, coriander and grilled pineapple for a refreshing Mexican feel. Avocado cream sauce and lime wedges are provided for you to add to the taco. When Diva #2 visited, the owner suggested adding melted cheese on the tortilla and she’s glad she took his advice, cheese definitely makes everything better!
The rosarito taco was stuffed with beer battered shrimp. P’tit Soeur said it was her least favourite with too much batter but Diva #1 loved it. It was like eating a shrimp pogo in a taco with chipotle mayo, more of that creamy avocado sauce and crunchy red cabbage.
We ended our dinner with a vegetarian quesadilla with garlic sautéed mushrooms and plenty of melted cheese. It was served with a very fresh salsa made with fresh tomatoes, and the quesadilla itself was well spiced with paprika and guajillo peppers. Cheesy and delicious, this would have been a fun appetizer to start our meal.
Margaritas were flowing and a Bloody Caesar that replaced some of the clamato with a Corona made you feel like you were enjoying tacos in Mexico City, instead of Montreal’s Chinatown. La Capital Tacos is known as the most authentic taqueria in Montreal. The food was delicious, but the service was a bit slow and it took forever to get our bills. Nonetheless we would definitely come back for more, it’s both affordable and delicious!
Our Review: Splendid
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