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phoenikia Sep 1, 2006 06:11 PM

Has anyone seen horchata served at any latin american restaurants in TO?

  1. Olivia Sep 1, 2006 06:57 PM

    Yes, I was on a mission for it recently, and found it being served at a Mexican place in Kensington on Augusta (east side of the street). Sorry, I can't remember what it's called, but I'm sure someone else will enlighten me.

    I thought it was really good, but it was my first time having it, so I had nothing to compare it to (except for Rice Dream).

    I also saw horchata mixes being sold at a couple of the Latin American groceries further south on Augusta, but didn't try them as I was under the impression that if you're really hardcore you make it from scratch and consume it fresh, fresh, fresh. Are the mixes any good? Or should I steer clear?

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      phoenikia Sep 1, 2006 07:14 PM

      I think it's called el trompo ...I forgot that they serve it there- thank you!

      The mixes are ok...I bought a dry mix at Perola a few weeks ago...but they also had a liquid mix that looked toxic to me for some reason. The mix isn't as good as the authentic rice soaked horchata...but it hits the spot when you're in a pinch.

      1. tuqueboy Sep 1, 2006 10:05 PM

        tacos el asador (bloor and christie) has it. absolutely delicious.

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          phoenikia Sep 3, 2006 03:00 PM

          thanks for letting me know...I've been meaning to try their pupusas, etc, too....hope to report back soon.

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            bobbieMac Sep 11, 2006 03:51 PM

            the pupusas and tamales were very good. to be honest, this was my first and only tamale, so i have no base of comparison. It was very good. All orders come with home made salsa of sorts and fresh jalapenos.

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          capiscum Sep 3, 2006 08:22 PM

          The Mexican place in Kensington is called El Trompo. The best horchata I've had in TO is at Johny Banana, on the northeast corner of Bathurst and Queen. I thought the food was highly mediocre, so I wouldn't eat there, but the drinks (they also have tamarindo) were soooooo good.

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            gougere Sep 4, 2006 01:04 AM

            Wow - finally found some fellow Horchata fans in TO. Looking forward to checking out some of the suggestions - Thanks.

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              ggom1 Sep 5, 2006 08:46 PM

              Funny, I was just looking for horchata too. Recently I was in Chicago and noticed that they actually sold horchata at convenience stores - anyone seen them up here in Toronto? The ones in Chicago were called something like Rosa's horcata and were bottled in the same section as Coke or Amazon iced tea. All I've been able to come up with after combing Kensington are mixes or from the restaurants.

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                Hugh Sep 11, 2006 03:25 PM

                I had a couple of horchata drinks in California a few years ago and have been on a low intensity seach since then.

                I've had the horchata El Trompo and it is OK, but smaller and less remarkable than my previous ones. I haven't felt the need to get El Trompo's again.

                I think that one of the restaurants in 9 Milvan Drive was supposed to have Horchata, but I've never made it to that location. Probably it was El Jacalito. http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2002...

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