Tuesday, May 06, 2014

REVIEW | Milagro Cantina on Mercer - authentic Mexican cuisine inspired by Mexican City eateries!

The craze in the food industry in the past year or two seems to be all about tacos. It could get a bit repetitive, but the Milagro Cantinas offer traditional Mexican eateries inspired by Mexico City - so you're looking at the good old authentic stuff here! We were invited to a dinner at their Toronto flagship on Mercer St., opened by Mexican City-born brothers, Arturo and Andres Anhalt, and it was unlike any other Mexican food we had in Toronto.

Upon arrival, cocteles - a selection of mixed libations from the cantina were placed in our hand - can't complain as it was a long day at work ;)  The restaurant space on Mercer pretty big with lots of seatings along the window as well as bigger tables for groups.  The staff were super friend, fun and lively - it felt like we were at a friend's party... a friend who knew how to make some damn good Mexican food, that is!

After being seated, the food began to emerge from the kitchen - glorious sight, of course!

 Guacamole con Totopos ($12.00) - tortilla chips with house-made guacamole (aguacate, cilantro, serrano chiles, tomato, onion & lime)
Salsas de la Casa - three of Milagro's famous salsas: mile, medium and spicy

Milagrito 'Ven A Mi' Mezcal reposado, warm syrupy with a smoky mezcal

Ensalada Cesar ($9.00) - romaine, egg, anchovy, parmesan & garlic vinaigrette

 Tostadita de Pulpo ($8.50) - crisp tortilla with octopus & chipotle ceviche
Sope Plazero ($9.00) - corn masa base, pork carnitas, warm tomatillo-serrano salsa & crema

Michelada - negra modelo, fresh lime and salt rim

Conchinita Pibil ($21.00) - anchiote marinated pulled pork, pickled habanero onions & fried plantains

 Pierna de Cordero ($19.50) - braised lamb shank in chile guajillo & mezcal sauce

 Mole Poblano ($18.50) - roasted chicken with poblano style red mole

Natilla de Cajeta ($) - creamy custard with goat's milk cajeta & brûléed sugar - fell in love with this!
Glan de Queso al Caramelo ($) - homestyle cheese flan with burnt sugar sauce

I did had high expectations as this is actually one of my friend' favourite restaurants in all of Toronto - now I see why! The food is spectacular with an abundance of cocktails and wine to pair them with. Add the lively environment and staff and I am in Mexican heaven.  Milagro Cantina definitely became one of my top 3 Mexican restaurants in the city and I can't wait to go back for more.

ps. please make sure you try the dessert we had!

 - This meal was complimentary but opinions are our own -

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