The other night, food specialist Surinder tipped me off on a place that he checked out recently. He raved about the quality of the food and the authenticity of the restaurant. The place in question was Salsa & Agave; a cool little Mexican joint on Pacific Blvd in downtown Vancouver.
Excited about the possibilities I dragged the family down to Salsa & Agave the next day to have a test run of the eats. Getting down to Pacific, I was confused as there were two Salsa & Agave joints; one on the corner and the other a half way down the block. What was the difference, I thought? Turns out it was less juicy than I imagined as the counter gal informed me that the corner one was simply the licensed version of the two places. Having the boys with me, we thought it best to check out the non licensed version.
Checking out the menu, it was clear that this place was authentic with serious bangers like Sopes, Cringa and Alambre. They even serve up some Mexican deserts, and had some cool Mexican sodas for you to enjoy.To mix it up we ordered up some Pastor (pork in a spicy sauce w/ pineapple), and Pollo (Chicken) taco’s,
look at that!
a quesadilla for the boys (which does not exist on the menu) and an Agave (roast chicken, rice, feta, with spicy morita sauce) Burrito for me.
i love you burrito.
As you can see in the pics, your food comes out simple and fresh. The wife raved about the quality of the tacos and declared the Pork ones as some of the best she had ever eaten. As for the burrito, it definitely made the top 5 list with my only qualm being that there were no hot sauces around to add a bit of zing to it; still, it was banger.
Overall, I digged the food, the service and the vibe of this little place. It kinda reminded me of eating inside a little grocery store, but that just added to the whole thing. Next time I go back, I’m gonna hit up the licensed side and enjoy a bowl of the heralded Azteca soup and some chorizo tacos, ohhh that would be good.
Thanks to Surinder for the food tip, as he picked a winner on this one!