Recently, I went to Barrio Cerveceria, a Mexican restaurant in Leslieville with a friend.
We began with an order of Ole Ole Guacomole. The guacamole was decent. I think it was supposed to have pico de gallo but I didn’t really see any.
Next we had the Hole Mole!, a tuna tostada made of tuna tartare, butter lettuce, beans pureé, mole sauce, crema, cotija cheese on a baked tostada. I found that the mole and cheese overwhelmed the fish. There was also a slightly weird flavour in it.
We shared an order of Mexican Street corn in a cob with spiced mayo, cotija cheese and scallions. I can’t resist a grilled corn and this one was full of flavour.
The El Cartel shrimp ceviche had a cucumber broth with coriander pickled tomatillo and pickled red onion. It was a very interesting combination of flavours.
My favourite was the Marinero, Marinero cod ceviche with mango sauce, pico de gallo, anise-hibiscus flower, inferno salsa and coriander. I loved the presentation with the mango sitting on top of the inferno sauce. One sauce calmed the other and added a nice tart sweetness.
I washed the food down with Smoked Margarita.
For desert I had the Pastel de Reyes made with corn bread tres leches, carmelized banana, chocolate ice cream and mint. There were also fresh berries. This was a beautifully delicious dessert that didn’t last long!