El Catrin, Distillery District | Crews & Tango

12:48 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. 
The gang.
The uniqueness of the decor hits you like a brick when you first step foot into the restaurant. Neon murals, decorative skulls, oversized hanging lamps and dark woods - everything was visually stimulating and intricately designed.
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.
El Catrin's sky high bar boasts Canada's largest mescal and tequila bar with over 120 different brands.
If you have an eye for design and are compulsively detail oriented then you would definitely appreciate the table settings. How trendy are these glasses?
Tequila, tequila! From $4 to $199 shots... take your pick ;)
Probably the tastiest guacamole I have ever tasted, and most definitely the freshest. The waiter comes to your table and mashes the avocado in front of you!
Dish #1: Tribilin Ceviche ($9)
Snapper, beef and shrimp, tomato, onion, cilantro,
marinated in lemon juice.
Dish #2: Costilla Corta en Mole Almendrado ($15)
Beef short rib braised 24 hours with black mole sauce,
sweet potato purée, sautéed sugar snap peas.
Dish #3: Pato Carnitas en Salsa Borracha ($15)
Duck confit Mexican style, chili pasilla drunken
sauce, cotija cheese, corn tortilla.

Dish #4: Tacos Gobernador ($15)
Flour tortilla filled with sautéed shrimp & lobster in
chipotle dip, black bean sauce.
Dish #5: Gringa ($14)
Flour quesadilla with pastor pork, pineapple, cilantro, red onion, mild gouda cheese.
Dish #6: Burrito Vegetariano ($12)
Fresh sautéed corn, zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, black
bean purée, rice, and tofu wrapped in flour tortilla.
Organic Gold Tequila: Each shot comes with two chasers and I wish I can tell you what they are... quite... interesting.
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! 

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  1. yum the food looks so delicious.. and love your heels!

  2. looks like you had a great time, the food looks sooo good! the sequin dress looks awesome!

    -Tara x






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