Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Sep 1, 2006 06:11 PM

horchata in toronto

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

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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?

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

        2 Replies
        1. re: tuqueboy

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

          1. re: phoenikia

            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.

        2. 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.

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