La Taqueria (Downtown Vancouver)
It’s Mexican Independence Day (the celebration of a bicentennial liberation from Spanish ruling). As a result, I thought I should eat authentic Mexican food. I chose La Taqueria (P!nche Taco Shop) despite having already visited once and not been fully impressed. I brought Minna along with me as she had never been, and we ordered two taco combos.
I made a mistake in not reading the actual composition of the tacos. I ordered tacos of the following fillings: mushroom tinga (which I much prefer as tinga de pollo – e.g. with chicken), picadillo (which I mistakenly thought was ground meat and ended up being minced tofu), mole con pollo (chicken with mole sauce) and de pastor (which is pork). While the mole and de pastor ones were absolutely authentic, the other two I was totally shocked with.
I then ordered an additional taco (pollo en mole verde, chicken in green mole sauce). While tasty, I wasn’t all that impressed as it was too sweet (normally mole would make me at least feel a little sting from the chile). The vendors are Mexican, so I’m pretty sure they knew I was too. I would have probably appreciated a bit more of a customer service approach, but I can’t also blame them (I may have been a tad cranky).
Overall, I find 4 tacos for $9.50 somewhat expensive. But since La Taqueria is working hard at using organic meat, free range chicken, etc., they are to be commended. Would I come back here? Possibly, if I am having a craving for authentic Mexican food and I’m pressed for time (their establishment is less than 2 blocks away from my office downtown). But if I have more time, I have other Mexican restaurants I like better.
You should, at a very minimum, try the food from La Taqueria, just so that you can taste authentic Mexican food, regardless of whether I like it or not (which, I have to say, for the most part I do like their food).