El Catrin, Distillery District | Crews & Tango12:48 PM
There is no nicer feeling than seeing good friends you haven't seen in a long, long time. This Saturday, Kathleen and I had a long over due night out with our lovely Jay and what a night it was. Based on our history of Toronto outings, there is no outfit more appropriate than one that includes a couple pounds of sequins. You'll understand why later.
Top: Vintage | Shorts: H&M | Shoes: JustFab
Naturally, our food-obsessed group headed down to the beautiful Distillery District for a late dinner and ended up at one of Jay's recommendations, El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane), a Mexican tapas-style restaurant.
Their website is absolutely right - El Catrin is an experience, not just a dinner. We could sense it was something special when we had to wait 30 minutes in line to get a table, but we were welcomed with a beautifully lit up entrance way and a perfect summer breeze so the wait was barely noticeable.
Although we sat indoors, the patio was a showstopper.
High ceilings makes it the perfect venue space for these ginormous, hanging table lights.
One of my favourite focal points was this eccentric wall mural as certain parts of it is lit up/glows in the dark.
Snapper, beef and shrimp, tomato, onion, cilantro,
marinated in lemon juice.
Beef short rib braised 24 hours with black mole sauce,
sweet potato purée, sautéed sugar snap peas.
Duck confit Mexican style, chili pasilla drunken
sauce, cotija cheese, corn tortilla.
Flour tortilla filled with sautéed shrimp & lobster in
chipotle dip, black bean sauce.
Flour quesadilla with pastor pork, pineapple, cilantro, red onion, mild gouda cheese.
Fresh sautéed corn, zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, black
bean purée, rice, and tofu wrapped in flour tortilla.
Dish #7: Churros ($7)
Cajeta, chocolate and strawberry sauce.
All in all, it was a delectable dinner and despite the small portions, it was a perfect stomach filler before... some dancing and a drag show in TO's Gay District?! Yes, Crews & Tango (508 Church St.) happened - Toronto's one and only drag bar ;)
Quite entertaining, not to mention Kathleen and I got a special stage shoutout that cannot be shared in this public space LOL.
It was an eccentric night, so this little gem of a mask seems fitting.
Have an amazing day!