Having gone through a Japanese food phase, followed by Chinese (remember those daily lobster or crab, then peking duck dinners?!), Shanghainese then Korean, throw in some occasional steakhouses, fine dining as well as noodle shops and yup, that is pretty much it. So, looking for a new cuisine to try, I started craving for some Mexican food after trying Sal Y Limon's (which I totally recommend!) and found myself at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant is a small casual family run joint and many people seem to grab take out. The interior is squeaky clean and has plenty of El Salvador decor. Also, the restaurant is well ventilated and has a high ceiling.
CHICKEN BURRITO, BEEF ENCHILADAS, TORTILLA SOUP, CHICKEN, PORK AND PRAWN TACOS.
SOPA DE TORTILLAS, TORTILLA SOUP ($10.00).
The soup has a clear chicken with herb broth and tortilla taste. Surprisingly the freshly deep fried tortilla fuses with the soup and tastes really good. Also, the fresh slices of ripe avocado pairs well. This is my first time trying tortilla soup and I really like it, not salty and surprisingly flavourful.
BURRITOS DE POLLO,
CHICKEN BURRITO ($12.50).
The burrito is quite a large portion and is stuffed with rice as well as chicken. The diced pieces of chicken breast have a nice charred taste and tastes moist as well as tender. For the sauce, the tomato sauce tastes very simple with only a hint of spices and no spiciness. After adding some hot sauce which is provided on the table, the hot sauce only had a hint of spiciness! Although good for fans who prefer less spicier eats, I like a medium to hot spiciness. Also, the side of crema agria tastes very faint as well as light which I prefer (not a fan of sour cream that much).
TACOS DE POLLO, CARNE O CAMARONES.
CHICKEN, PORK AND PRAWN TACOS ($12.50)
The restaurant offers three types of tacos - pork, chicken and prawn. We ordered one of each but received an order of chicken and two orders of pork. I assume because we came an hour before closing, the pork was easier to cook or the prawns were not available (more of a hassle to defrost for one order?). Each taco is served with a good amount of shredded lettuce, diced tomato, fresh ripe slices of avocado and a generous amount of meat. Both the chicken as well as pork have a nice flavourful charred taste and tastes quite tender. Also, I like that each taco comes with only one tortilla because two was not needed and may have tasted more dry. And although the meats are tasty and flavourful, the tacos overall are too simple, despite the use of the mild tasting hot sauce provided on the plate. I mean, there is nothing wrong with the simple tacos, it just tastes too similar to something that I would make at home if I am eating clean. However, this may be a biased thought thinking that Mexican food should have more flavour though.
ENCHILADAS DE CARNE, BEEF ENCHILADAS ($12.50).
An order comes with three enchiladas and and although there is a decent amount of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, the taste is… too simple. The tomato sauce tastes very light as well as too mild and some more spices would have been nice. For the diced beef, the meat tastes quite tender and has a tasty marinade. Also, the fresh ripe slices of avocado are appreciated, and for the sides, the rice is perfectly cooked and the beans have a nice smooth creamy consistency.
TOTAL: $49.35 + TIP $5.65 = $55.00
Overall we tipped a bit less than 15% because there was no service and according to my friend, most people do not tip much at a fast food joint? Plus, we walked up to pay? And although there was minimal contact and no words spoken to us, the owners are friendly and did say bye.
- Friendly owners and staff
- Made to order eats
- Fresh vegetables
- Big portions
- Big portions
- Closes early at 8:30pm!
- Food could taste more flavourful
- Fast food joint catered to the neighbourhood
- I prefer Sal Y Limon much more