Mexican Cuisine is one that I haven’t had much chance to explore when I’m in downtown Toronto. Luckily, I came across La Chingada on Dundas Street West to discover just what Mexican cuisine has to offer in my city!
This Mexican restaurant turns from a brightly lit atmosphere, to a dimly lit, fun bar feel in the night. I captured most of the bar feels during my visit in the evening for dinner – where the restaurant had dim lights and great music playing in the atmosphere. On the tables, there can be found candles lit and a nearby bar that was conveniently placed within the restaurant.
I really enjoyed the wall art, it was truly a beautiful sight to behold. In addition, the whole concept of having the black curtains at the entrance gave the restaurant a strangely mysterious feeling as you entered, and unveiled a great place to chill with your friends, or have a romantic date. We were greeted kindly by the staff who took us to our tables and handed off the menu for our viewing.
The waitress came by to take our orders, and she took a lot of effort to explain what the menu choices were and what she recommended us to try. The authenticity of the menu was evident, as many of the selections were Spanish and clearly described by the English descriptions. Despite having the descriptions though, the waitress was very kind to showcase what each of the sections beheld and what we should try and order during our visit that evening. After much speculation, my partner and I decided on an order with variety and we awaited our selections shortly after.
This evening’s variety included Fish, Chorizo and Beef Tacos, along with a Chorizo Huarache, which was basically a more open concept type of taco. Each of these were prepared on a soft taco, which I could tell was freshly made and came with a side of lime to be squeezed atop the tacos. They had also been garnished with green scallions and onions, which are my favourite! Chomping into these tacos, you can definitely taste the flavours that were carefully incorporated into it, which was truly a delicious experience. However, I would have liked the fillings to be a bit more juicy. I believe that it would have been advisable for the tacos to have some kind of dipping sauce to enhance the tastes that La Chingada was striving for!
On the side as well was a Cactus Salad which was a great addition to the tacos if you’re looking for a more sour and acidic taste to go with the lime.
Of course Mexican cuisine incorporates as much spice as well, so we were also provided with a special Hot Sauce as well as Chinga Sauce which had a combination of both sweet and spicy flavours. Personally, I believe that the tacos truly had its quality and had great taste, however I would have liked them more if I got a side of guacamole. My partner seemed to be satisfied with the selections that we made, and both can agree that the tastes that illuminated from each taco were expressive of high quality and savoury flavours.
I did find it hard to eat the Huarache, even though I was provided with a knife and fork. It was a difficult (and messy) task to cut through the Chorizo Huarache, which disheartened the dining experience for me. It could be because I’m inexperienced with the Mexican cuisine though, so keep that in mind as I’m reviewing!
Overall, I would say that La Chingada was successful in providing great quality tacos, and really aimed to give an authentic, high-class dining experience. This is a great spot to visit if you’re looking for a place to relax with friends or go on a pleasant date. Next time I get the chance to visit La Chingada, I’ll be sure to request some of that guacamole!
For more information on La Chingada, take a look at their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lachingadaTO/
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