Toren's Resto Rants vol 2: La Mezcaleria

MezcaleriaLa Mezcaleria
“…the first restaurant to offer a wide variety of the finest mezcals, as well as high quality tequilas and cocktails inspired by the different regions of Mexico. Our dishes mirror traditional Mexican recipes while sourcing organic ingredients locally and serving ocean-friendly seafood options. Many of our dishes are inspired to be shared with family and friends. We welcome every member of the family by offering gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and carnivorous options. At La Mezcaleria, we strive to make every guest who walks through the door feel welcome, happy and at home.”

Address: 1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4
Phone:(604) 559-8226
When I dined: Sunday brunch
Booths? No
Noisy? Not bad.
Lives up to it’s name? Yes you can get mezcal there!
Candies with your bill? No

Tamarind Jarritos
Also I had a tamarind jarritos

Went for brunch on a Sunday at 2pm (they’re closed 3pm-5pm). Everything on the menu was new to me and I had a hard time deciding. Asked the server for recommendations and he gave us four of them. We took two: Huevos Motulenos (ham, eggs, peas, black beans, cheese on tortilla) and Hongos Con Kale (mushroom caps with kale, eggs, chipotle hollandaise, hashbrowns). All the food was tasty and well-prepared.

There is not a lot of space at this venue which is a con to me, and they sat us at the bar which is also one of my least favourite things. Luckily the diners to our left and right cleared out pretty quick so I didn’t have to worry about elbowing them. On the plus side we got to watch the bartender make an avocado slushy alcoholic beverage which I wanted to try. Every staff member we encountered was pleasant and friendly without being a big Fakey Fakerson. I also appreciated their sustainable seafood options. They gave us three kinds of hot sauce as condiments.

They did have some music playing, but it was not obtrusive (or perhaps we were just seated far enough away from the speakers that I didn’t notice).

Important note: if you want to eat here, call ahead to make a reservation. Tried to come here once and the wait was one and a half hours.

Biggest Rave: The hashbrowns get 9/10 on the hashometer.

Biggest Rant: We ordered horchata, one of my date’s favourite beverages, but they told us they didn’t have enough to serve us and still leave some for their alcoholic drinks. I understand that from a business perspective but it didn’t make me feel super appreciated.

I would like to go back and try their dinner menu, when I do I will update this review. I guess we’ll have to call ahead to make sure they have enough horchata for us?

TRIVIA: Mezcal  is a spirit distilled from mash made out of the steamed hearts of various species of agaves. Horchata is a sweet, cinnamon-flavored milky beverage made of almonds, sesame seeds, rice or tigernuts.

La Mezcaleria

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