Strolling through Kensington Market is always an interesting ordeal, the graffiti covered streets constantly buzz with action and excitement. Storefronts overflow with goods from gloves, hats and glasses to boots, army jackets, scented oils and even gas masks. The arteries of the market are clogged with the cholesterol of people…Street pedlars, cyclists, buskers, hobos and almost every variety of life can be found on these eclectic streets. With this diverse collection of culture comes a range of ethnic cuisine, including one of my favourites, Mexican.
El Trompo Taco Bar & Cactus Grill is “un pequeno tesoro”, a family operated restaurant on August Ave, brings authentic Mexican cuisine to the people of Toronto, offering up the taste of Mexico in every dish. The restuarant seats about 35-40 inside, but expands during the hot mexican-style summer months with their sidewalk patio. The menu offers a selection of different Mexican dishes in a variety of flavours. Some items include their famous home-made guacamole, nachos, pico de gallo, tacos, quesos fundidos (Molten Cheese), Alambres and even D-I-Y Tacos.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is extremely friendly, my beautiful server ‘Lucero’ was attentive, made suggestions and even helped me practice my laughable spanish accent. Although zooming around the restaurant like Speedy Gonzales, she maintained an eloquent grace in her stride and never seemed to fluster. The owners are always present and enjoy entertaining their guests, while treating them to their fine cuisine. The sponge painted walls are reminiscent of a Mexican casa and are adorned with souvenirs, sombreros, guitars, paintings and hand-painted wares.
The food is here is home-made and beautifully prepared, the spicy aromas from the sizzling hot-plate strategically positioned at the door, arouse the senses. During my last visit I indulged in a brand new dish, Tacos de Cochinita Pibil (Pulled Pork Tacos with Achiote Sauce). Nothing bad to say about these tacos, El Trompo is not easy on the portions having stuffed the flour taquitos to capacity, each with a handful of dripping pulled pork, topped with some red onion and served with a side of lime wedges. All tables come with bottles of mild or hot salsa to add that extra donkey kick of heat, which is at the heart of every Mexican meal. “Muy Delicioso!”
El Trompo delivers an authentic Mexican culinary experience, by a family that truly cares about showcasing the culture and flavour of their homeland through the delicious cuisine that they were raised on. Fooze highly recommends El Trompo Taco Bar & Cactus Grill!Fooze Rating: 10 out of 10 Follow El Trompo on Twitter (ElTrompoTO) and Facebook El Trompo is located at: 277 Augusta Ave. Toronto, Ontario M5T 2M1. Contact (416) 260-0097