We wanted a low key night. Many of our stories begin this way and end horribly wrong, often with a night that ends when the sun rises and with at least one of us a little worse for wear. But more importantly, bad decisions are always made! Whitey had a deadline, and not just any deadline, a deadline that kept her at work until 11:00 pm; she was bitter and very sleepy, especially after battling a cold all week long. But the Divas aren’t ones to waste a perfectly good Friday night, even if one of us is suffering. So Diva #1, Bellatrix and Vegan Vixen went to Ta Chido without her, a Mexican restaurant that Mr. Wonderful had recommended. He had promised a chill vibe, good food, and nothing fancy and that is exactly what we got. Of course we had over dressed, in our defense we never know where we are going to end up so it is better to be prepared!
Eclectically decorated with papier mâché animals, a tiny piñata hanging from the ceiling,little dolls everywhere and other oddities. We headed straight for the bar as we walked into the little restaurant. Sadly we were an hour late for our reservation … yes a whole hour. Everyone had lost track of the time at Diva #1’s apartment, and after all of our coiffing and cocktails, we suddenly realized that we were running a tad late. We are living the Diva life after all! So we waited at the bar for our seat and decided to enjoy some tequila based drinks and delve into the true Mexicali experience. The Divas have broken up with tequila long ago, just the smell makes us ill now and tequila generally guarantees bad decisions.
Thankfully the cocktails at Ta Chido were very tasty and not heavy on the tequila, the strongest being the classic Margarita. Diva #1 preferred the Margarita Hibiscus which reminded her of a hibiscus ice tea that she had drank at the food trucks. The Tequila Sunrise reminded Vegan Vixen of summer days with her daddy, so she strolled down memory lane and enjoyed this typical 1970s – 1980s cocktail. We even saw that Ta Chido had Mezcal on the menu and though Vegan Vixen wanted to have a shot, to complete her Mexican experience, Bellatrix was worried about the worm and Diva #1 would rather eat the worm than take a shot of a tequila-like alcohol again *shudder* … tequila nights have given us PTSD.
it took us awhile to get a table as we waited at the bar and we were famished, but we had no one to blame but ourselves. Whitey swears by queso, she used to live in the southern United States and is constantly roaming Mexican restaurants in Montreal, looking for a queso that is moderately similar to what she is used to. In the spirit of Whitey, who was sadly burning the midnight oil at the office, we ordered a queso melt with mushrooms, sweet peppers and onions. This little ceramic pot arrived at our table filled with piping hot melted queso and big chunky pieces of mushrooms. The four tortillas were soon devoured and we ate the rest of the delicious queso melt with our fork. Our table also had two types of hot sauce, one dark and smokey and the other herbed and more mild. The dark and smokey sauce was our favourite of the two and we were soon putting it on everything. Although much to our surprise, the sauce was milder than we expected from a Mexican restaurant.
Our second appetizer was a quesadilla,and since we were with Vegan Vixen so we couldn’t indulge in the delightful sounding quesadilla with shredded chicken breast with onions and sweet peppers. . We opted for the quesadilla stuffed with potatoes, sweet peppers and onions. It was very tasty but heavy, since it was carbs wrapped in carbs. The corn tortilla was heated nicely, pressed in house with plenty of mozzarella cheese. Our complaint was that the potatoes were overpowering and because of that you could not taste the sweet peppers and onions. Next time we will try the quesadilla shredded chicken or the Mexican corn truffle option!
Enjoying round two of cocktails, we tried waiting patiently for our tacos but we were hungry So we decided to order a vegetarian tortas. According to their menu, their tortas are meal sized sandwiches served hot on bread baked in house. We were intrigued! Clearly we don’t know enough about Mexican food because we had never heard of tortas. We opted for the vegetarian one, and yes we were really respecting Vegan Vixen that night … clearly we weren’t inebriated or we would have tried to feed her meat, instead we ordered the cactus Mole. Mole is a slightly spicy sauce made up of dried peppers, almonds, sesame seeds, spices and a hint of cacao. Diva #1 had never tried Mole sauce before but Bellatrix had and called it an acquired taste. It was definitely interesting! The bread was wonderful, the Mole perfected with the addition of their hot sauce, but in general this appetizer was not a Diva favourite. The Nopal cactus was also overpowered by the Mole sauce so nothing really stood out but the sauce.
As our tacos arrived, Bellatrix and Diva #1 ordered the same three tacos so we ate them and compared them. Served on soft corn tortillas, the Friday night special was 3 tacos for 7$ after 8 pm. The pulled pork taco with coriander and onions was easily our favourite, plenty of pulled pork, but we were expecting to see guacamole in there but it was still good in its simplicity. The Mole taco had mole sauce with shredded chicken breast, sour cream and feta cheese. The mole was better with pork than the chicken because it overpowered the chicken, but not the pork. We had never tried a taco with feta cheese and it added a salty element to the slightly spicy taco. Ta Chido offers a combination of unexpected flavours that are not your typical Mexican combination. The Mole Verde taco had shredded pork and coriander, this was very fresh and it was preferred over the Mole taco. Mole sauce is very interesting, but it is an intense flavour.
Vegan Vixen chose the last three vegetarian tacos, and for all of you vegetable lovers out there, Ta Chido is very vegetarian friendly. She chose the Mole con Nopales Taco which had mole sauce with Nopal cactus, potatoes, sour cream and feta. Once again the potatoes made the taco very dense. The Papas con rajas taco had potatoes with sweet peppers, onions, sour cream and feta and was lighter than a taco with both thick mole sauce and potatoes. The last taco had refried black beans, sour cream and feta. Once again it was good but maybe some spicy salsa or guacamole could have livened it up. Ta Chido is truly not your typical Mexican restaurant, our mistake was that we expected something more ordinary but we were pleasantly surprised with what they had to offer; expect the unexpected.
Ta Chido did not have a nachos plate, and we were craving cheesy and saucy nachos, and some guacamole. We had asked our waitress if guacamole was available and she informed us that guacamole was more of a summer thing that was done at random at Ta Chido. Our mistake was expecting the more typical Mexican eats, but we will be back, although now we have more of an idea of what Ta Chido is all about.
Our Rating: As Expected
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