If you’ve read this blog for some time, you’ll know that I love Mexican food for its flavours, texture and some of the heat. And well, there’s also nothing like a cold Tequila cocktail on a hot afternoon. On my travel’s this summer I was fortunate to come across a few new Mexican places in Montreal. Escondite Cerverceria de Barrio is one of the newest, having opened in the spring of this year. More than just a good Tequila bar, there’s some serious food being served here.
The interior as with many new tacos and Tequila bars has the cantina atmosphere with dark spaces and large murals. The atmosphere is lively and very busy on this early Friday evening, all tables are reserved.
The cocktail menu includes virgin drinks and of course, lots of Tequila based beverages to cool you off from the Montreal humidity. I have a Cartel de Santa, a mix of Mezcal, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, soda and hibiscus foam. Refreshing with good flavour and the depth of Mezcal.
Of all the Mexican restaurants I have been to, the appetizers are some of the best I’ve had. The guacamole is served with warm tortilla chips. The spicy butter melts gracious flavour into the warm, sweet and tender cornbread. These two are must haves.
The Baja tacos are seasoned and tasty. The avocado crema and slaw add extra flavour without overpowering the fish. The Al Pastor taco is filled with pulled pork, pineapple and coriander. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ensalada de Mango – a salad of mango, cucumber, corriander, chilies, peanuts, crispy shallots, Chamoy dressing. It’s sweet, savoury and the peanuts and crispy shallots add a unique texture to this salad.
The quesadillas took a bit of extra time as we were told there was a problem with their ordering system. The Quesadilla Sincronizada de Hongos Tortilla is sauted mushrooms, Oaxaca cheese, aged cheddar and Black truffle paste that just puts it over the top. The truffle paste harmonizes well with the cheese, it turns a simple quesadilla into something a little indulgent.
There was no way I wasn’t having the warm made to order churros with Nutella. Gently fried and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, not to be missed folks. Despite the wait for the quesadillas the service was attentive, food arrived hot and well timed.
If you have the opportunity to be in Montreal, make sure to make some time and a reservation to go to Escondite Cerverceria de Barrio, 1206 Union, Montreal, it’s a good time!