Friday, 9 August 2013

Seven Lives Taco & Playa Cabana

Seven Lives Taco (69 Kensington Avenue) 

An impromptu visit to Seven Lives Taco (no phone or camera, sad!).

What was ordered: 
  • CARNITAS - slow cooked pork 
  • CAMARONES A LA DIABLA - spicy shrimp with cheese 
  • BAJA FISH - battered mahi mahi with cream sauce 
  • GRILLED SALMON  - sweet and spicy tamarind sauce 
Overall the food was good, filling and great value (pretty full after 2 tacos). I really enjoyed the fish tacos and the carnitas. Not my ultimate favourite place for tacos but great for a quick snack if you are in the area!

Playa Cabana (111 Dupont Street, Toronto)
With so many attempts to dine at Playa Cabana (always solidly booked/reservations full), we finally got in on a quiet Sunday evening. You can almost miss it, as it is located in the residential Annex and I believe used to be a house. Very cute space, albeit very small (i.e. like Grand Electric, hence why it is impossible to get in!) The food was delicious; particular stands outs were the Crispy Chicken Tinga Tacos and the Ancho Braised Short Rib - Brisket Crispy Tacos. One downside are that tacos only come in orders of 3 (I really like variety i.e. ordering multiple types of tacos), so it is ideal if you come here with a small group of people. In addition, service can be very slow on a busy night (experienced on a return visit).

Seafood marinated in chill and lime 
Very fresh and delicious. Great seasoning on the ceviche, although the halibut was overcooked in some bites. 

Baja Fish Tacos 
These tacos were tasty but not my favourite of the bunch. My favourite fish tacos still stands at Grand Electric. 

Taco Al Pastor 
Adobo marinated pork with pineapple
I really enjoyed these tacos, great flavours on the pork which paired nicely with the acidic and sweet pineapple. 

Ancho Braised Short Rib - Brisket Crispy Tacos 
These were absolutely delicious, probably my favourite of the night. Succulent, juicy, flavourful braised short rib/brisket, in a crispy fried taco shell. Nicely balanced with some freshness in the pico de gallo, guac and homemade crema. Yes, a little rich but oh so delicious.

Crispy Chicken Tinga Taco 
Chipotle chicken braised Tinga style with crema and guac
Again the crispy tacos are firing up my tastebuds. Tender, juicy, Tinga chicken with cream and guac. Simplicity at its best.  

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