El Jacal Lunch Buffet: Chowfind
1056 Bloor St west
2 blocks east of Dufferin
$7.99 lunch buffet including drink and taxes
Monday -Friday 12-3, closed Tuesday
I don't know anything about Latin American cooking and don't speak the language so you have to take what I write with a drop of mole. Indeed, so great is my ignorance that I went into a place called Eljacalito thinking that it was a massage parlour. It turned out to be a Mexican restaurant and the food was quite good.
As a fan of lunch buffets I went to Eljacal, which is a sister operation. I has been going for 4 months. I thought it was really good and cheap. Five hot bins, a bin of chips and hard rolled up things with stuff in the middle, two salads, pickled red onions, basket of tortillas and two little containers of sauce, green and red: also a can of pop, all for $7.99 tax included. Very good ; minimal oil and grease. The food has bit more zip than what I had at the seminal operation at the eljacalito Saturday night buffet. Pork was in only one of the bins I was told.
The food was rice, black beans, shredded chicken with onion, chicken legs in a delicious black pepper, chili powder sauce, casserole pork bits, the rolled up crispy things, chips tortillas, caesar salad, green salad
with lots of coriander, pickled onions.
I have had such good luck with Latin American cooking lately that I want to go somewhere there for vacation. But first I need learn some Latin so I don't make then same mistake as I did with Eljacalito. How emabarrassing.
I hope this reply doesn't have too many typos...can't see all of my screen because of the coffee that I just sprayed all over it! Good one, VV.
Thanks for the heads up on El Jacal...we're always looking for new places to eat in the West end...now I want to play hookey from work one day just so we can go!
Sounds good Vinnie. Do you know if they change the items every day? I think I'll try it anyway, since it seems these people didn't rub you the wrong way! By the way, the rhyming wasn't intentional.