Quesada Mexican Grill
So every last Thursday of the month a buddy of mine and I meet and have lunch. Almost always at Moe's at Yonge and Eglinton. Obviously we were both excited to see another burrito place (Quesada) opening up in the same area. That's where we ate today.
First of all, let me say the place on the inside is not at all appealing to me. Bright white tables with lime green plastic chairs and a rather antiseptic feel to it.
Secondly, I wasn't impressed when stepping up to the plate sorta speak. I didn't see any meat offerings that stood out as being a "Can't miss" thing I had to order. Then, whole wheat tortillas. I hate WW tortillas. I thought the rice in a rice cooker was kinda strange too.
So anyway, I ordered the ancho pork with cilantro, lime rice, tomato, lettuce, pinto beans, hot salsa cheese and sour cream. They make it up and grill it. Get to the table, open and take a bite. Pretty unimpressive. No meat in the first couple bites and generally no flavour. I continue to eat and found it to be just plain tasteless for the most part. It kinda tasted like spicy whole wheat. Not much more. The rice had a rather watery taste. The meat had virtually no taste. Nor did the beans.
I had heard good things about this place and do not get it. It's not like I thought "I can see where people like this but it's not my cup of tea." It was just plain terrible. There was nothing to like AFAIC.
Funny enough, I actually prefer Quesada over Burrito Boys. I certainly don't think it's authentic by any means, but I really love their fresh salsa and the black beans they use. I really dislike the straight-from-the-jar salsa that BB uses, and their refried beans. Qusada has four different types of salsa, I like a combo of the popular Salsa Fresca with their medium hot Salsa Verde. I actually normally get a meat burrito, but have found at Quesada I actually prefer getting a vegetarian one. Maybe cause the meat is tasteless, thus rendered useless. And I have always ordered my burrito with a white tortilla, no WW one for me.
My one big beef with Quesada is they don't grill their burritos for long enough. Here, BB has an edge. They grill that thing for awhile. With Quesada, I have to always ask them to grill it for longer. Usually they just stick in into their panini press for 30 seconds and none of the cheese has melted.
I find a Quesada burrito is best enjoyed when it's ordered from the Wellington location, and then snuck into a movie at Scotiabank. Slighly messy, sure. But it sure beats getting a crappy whopper or those dreadful nachos and cheese.
Quesada Mexican Grill
234 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V3W1, CA
I must be the only one who gets excited about WW tortillas. I like the flavour of whole wheat better in anything (excluding pasta--there I'm all about the white flour, but I digress...). Has anyone tried the veg options here? I do think good veg Mexican food and good meat Mexican food often are not found in the same places...
One look at the Quesada on King and Church(?) did not inspire confidence, even though my wife said we should try it. So she went for lunch one day and came back w/ basically the same review. Tasteless, bland and the service wasn't a great experience, although that's more to do w/ the server. I'm glad I stayed away.
Hope springs eternal...Thanks for this. Heard similar reports of ho-hum, bland food. The WW tortillas are truly scary and probably one of the seven danger signs of impending disappointment in a GTA "Mexican" joint. One day we'll get the real thing. My impression of this sort of place is that they just can't cook. Burrito assembly doesn't exactly require a 2-year certification process--but probably should!