Wilbur Mexicana10:02 PM
Hey lovely, long time.
Safe to say it's been a whirlwind start to the year so the blog has been neglected but the food game must go on! First post of 2015 goes to Wilbur Mexicana, a new taquería on King West (fun fact: the restaurant is named after Wilbur Scoville, the inventor of the Scoville scale which measures the pungency of chilli peppers. Happy educational Friday, folks!)
Wilbur Mexicana is the perfect spot if you're looking for something quick, casual but still trendy and upbeat. Service/ordering is slightly different from a typical restaurant set up - here, you grab a menu, seat yourself, go up to the front to order and the food will be brought to your table once it's ready.
*Also, apologize for the mismatch of photos. Totally forgot to snap the interior so had to source a couple from BlogTO and Toronto Life.
*Photo from BlogTO
The 'self-serve' theme is also apparent through other elements of the restaurant - from the help-yourself salsa bar to the (amazing) showcase of over 60 hot sauces, the plethora of options is bound to satisfy any condiment connoisseur.
When I say quick service, I literally mean your entire spread is delivered to your table in less than 10 minutes. We ordered the essentials - guac and chips, a variety of hard and soft tacos and of course some cerveza to wash it all down! *Photo from BlogTO.
So colourful, I can eat this picture.
Chips, fresh guacamole and queso fundido (Spanish for 'melted cheese')
Top Left | Bulgogi (cabbage, sriracha crema, pear & sesame seeds)
Bottom Right | Pork (pickled red onion, jalapeño-cilantro crema, cotija)
Top Right | Chicken Tinga (guacamole, cotija)
Bottom Left | Grilled Avocado (pineapple salsa, chipotle crema, cotija)
Food verdict? Satisfying if you're looking for an efficient, hot meal in a trendy setting. Simple, fresh ingredients, good portion size. However, in comparison to some of the other Mexican restaurants I've tried in the city, the tacos were slightly underwhelming. I was hoping for more of a kick in terms of flavour dynamics. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my first experience here but was missing the 'wow' factor.
In terms of décor and ambiance, I loved everything about the space. From the tufted leather banquettes to the grainy wood tabletops, the restaurant's industrial charm in combination with fun, colourful accents makes the space feel cool and effortless. Music was satisfyingly loud and the crowd was buzzing even for an early Friday night dinner. Seriously a great atmosphere.
Cool addition to the King West strip so definitely pop in when you're in the area!
552 King Street West.
*Photo from Toronto Life.