Las Tortas (Cambie Village)
Some folks always find a way to debate with me the topic of finding good Mexican food in Vancouver. I’m Mexican, and love traditional Mexican food. But I understand that there are constraints to cooking “real” Mexican food in a city like Vancouver. So I take “the next best” approach. Full disclosure: my Mom’s cooking is, in my opinion, the best Mexican food I have ever had.
The above said, I have tried numerous Mexican restaurants in our beautiful city. Yet the one that I had not set foot on, despite its closeness to where I live, was Las Tortas (on Cambie Street and almost 17th Avenue). First order of business, the torta is a very traditional Mexican item, but the bun that Las Tortas uses is NOT a bolillo. Very, very close in texture but not a bolillo at the end of the day. So that affects how you perceive the torta.
Second order of business: whichever item you order in Vancouver, it’s always going to be cheaper in Mexico. That’s just a fact. So, knowing this, I ordered a Torta de Chorizo con Huevo ($6.99 sandwich with scrambled egg and chorizo). I have eaten tortas almost everywhere in the world where I have found a Mexican restaurant, but I had never seen a “chorizo con huevo” where the egg wasn’t scrambled with the chorizo.
That said, it was very filling and tasty. I found it a bit weird to have lettuce in my torta, when most of the ones I ate growing up in Mexico didn’t, but as far as I’m concerned, Las Tortas is probably be the only place where I’ll have tortas and be content and fulfilled, unless I come back to Mexico.
Inexpensive, tasty and well prepared. And most importantly, prepared with the utmost nice approach. The service was great. The fact of the matter as well is that this is a small, hole-in-the-wall place, staffed by nice people and with good comfort Mexican food.
Disclosure: I paid for my torta and drink on my own dime.