Vancouver is justly famous for its authentic ethnic cuisine. In fact, the city boasts some of the finest dim sum and freshest sushi in North America. But one cuisine that doesn’t get a lot of attention is Latin fare.
Everything from traditional Mexican tacos to Brazilian buffet-style rodizio is available here, if you know where to look. I’ve got a few ideas (below), but I’d like to hear your favourites:
Where’s your favourite spot for Latin cuisine? Please comment below.
Here are a few options to get you started:
- Samba Brazilian Steakhouse: Modeled after Brazilian rodizio restaurants, this steakhouse serves an all-you-can-eat selection of barbecued meats, as well as salads and a hot buffet. In authentic fashion, passadores circulate from table to table, carrying huge hunks of grilled steak, chicken and pork. Using a long-handled knife, they slice chunks right onto diners’ plates. Make sure you come hungry!
- Baru Latino Restaurante: Baru takes a pan-Latino approach to cooking. Its menu features a diverse array of dishes from throughout Central and South America and even Spain. You can start your meal with Colombian arepas, corn patties topped with chorizo and guacamole, and finish with a savory Argentine steak with chimichurri, a spicy sauce made with parsley and garlic. Emphasis is on fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
- Las Margaritas Restaurante: Las Margaritas is the traditional Mexican cantina that every city needs. Nothing revolutionary here: just your standard tacos, burritos and enchiladas, served in a vibrant setting with colorful murals on the walls. But what sets the restaurant apart is the quality of the ingredients and authenticity of the dishes.
Those are just a few ideas. Please share your favourites below!