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Jan 18, 2012 08:11 AM

Playa Cabana, Mexican -111 Dupont, a quick review

I was surprised to find nobody else had posted some comment on this restaurant here already.

It is a small Mexican restaurant just East of Davenport on the North side of Dupont close to the corner flower nursery.

When we went at 8.15 PM last night, Tuesday, it was bustling, crowded and noisy. The service was cheerful and efficient.

The food was very tasty, more authentic than most other Mexican establishments. The portions were not large. In particular, we enjoyed the Chile Rellenos, Tacos Carnitas, and the Nachos. (These are just two small corn torillas with tasty toppings – not a bowl full of commercial corn chips). There is also a selection of burritos. The full menu is to be found on the website below.

There is a selection of margaritas, tequilas, and fairly standard wine list.

We found it a little bit expensive for what we got – $8-$12 appetisers, $17 –$24 mains but it was interesting, well-prepared and enjoyable.

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  1. It's actually on the SOUTH side (too much tequila?).

    1. There's also a typo in the website you posted. Should be Thanks for the review. Looking forward to checking this out. The menu looks interesting and it's great to see that so much of what they serve is made from scratch and that many ingredients, including vegetables and cheeses, are locally sourced. There's added expense in doing things this way, hence the possibly inflated prices. You do get what you pay for! And I don't mind paying extra for quality.

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      1. re: Tatai

        $13 for 3 tacos de carnitas or pastor? Wow! Those had better be some loaded tacos. I can get 3 tacos, with a side of rice and beans, for $4.75 in Detroit (I live in Windsor). Granted, it's typical taqueria ambiance and level of service, but still ...

        I'm happy to pay twice as much to have a diverse and creative menu, which Playa Cabana seems to have. I'm looking forward to reading positive reviews with specific comments about dishes, before venturing there next time I'm in Toronto. I must admit, tacos de pulpo sound interesting.

      2. Someday, maybe...This just doesn't cut it.

        I quit at the15 buck burrito.

        1. The food is great, the staff is terrific and have a great attitude and the vibe is cool. Very neighbourhoody. I have been twice and have had memorable experiences each time. If you want a cheap burrito, got for fast food.

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          1. re: downtown

            Looks like another stab at TO "authentic" Mexican where that means "haute TexMex+Central American+a smidgeon of Bayless+Latin American fusion-y whatever+they don't get it, anyway+pricey gets respect." That's what their menu screams.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Let us know what you think of the food once you have eaten there.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                Not sure why Toronto can't have at least a single taqueria.

            2. The owner if this place used to run Chimichanga Mexican grill & tequila bar in Yorkville. The reviews for that place are very mixed and mainly thumbs down.

              I just read about a new Mexican place at Danforth and Broadview, run by the same owners as Embrujo Flamenco. The menu looks much more interesting - they even have Beef Brain Corn Empanadas ! Yowsers!


              Here is the website: