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Los Cuervos Taqueria opening soon

1newyorkguy Jul 25, 2013 06:18 PM

Next Tuesday, opening at 603 Kingsway from the chef at le faux bourgeois. Supposed to have inexpensive drinks as well. Glad to see some more taco competition in town. I found the vegetarian tacos at La Taqueria Pinche Taco to be pretty poor (enjoyed the fish taco); I found the fish taco at Cuchillo overpriced and extremely greasy..and the one at Tacofino also overpriced--and their vegetarian options are all limited to deep fried options.

  1. NoMoreSnuggles Jul 31, 2013 10:19 AM

    I also went to check it out last night. We tried many of the long list of available tacos - the housemade chorizo was outstanding and I really like the prawn. I've always wondered why more taquerias don't do a prawn here. Can you really go wrong with fried seafood and guac?

    A couple of notes: we tried the tuna - it was cooked well done. I guess when I think tuna, I assume it's going to be just seared. Otherwise, why not just use a fish that does not dry out so much when it's totally cooked through? Also, the tacos are all served on 6" tortillas which felt like a lot of wrapper. This is not to say that they were shy on ingredient - especially not for the price point of $3.5-4/big taco - but the wide diameter made them feel a little like little burritos.

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    1. re: NoMoreSnuggles
      1newyorkguy Jul 31, 2013 05:34 PM

      I had the exact same experience with the tuna. They should be using a fish like snapper, mahi mahi, or similar if cooking all the way through. Loved the fried shrimp taco.

      1. re: 1newyorkguy
        LotusRapper Jul 31, 2013 05:35 PM

        I'd love it if someone put some fried calamari in a taco.

        1. re: LotusRapper
          NoMoreSnuggles Aug 1, 2013 10:13 AM

          Oh my god - yes! With some chipotle crema.... want.

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      frasernkingsway Jul 31, 2013 12:04 AM

      We checked it out tonight - had a variety of tacos - all good but we didn't try the tuna and the prawn one was the best. Flautas were okay and quesadilla was also okay but we'd stick with tacos next time. The churros were delicious and the mixed drinks were good but a bit weak. Also it's all finger food - no cutlery - which I hadn't expected and it got a bit messy.

      1. 1newyorkguy Jul 30, 2013 08:37 PM

        I checked it out today..very nice, casual but interesting room and open kitchen. The shrimp taco was awesome..very high marks. The tuna in the tuna taco however was a bit dry/tough..I don't think tuna is the best choice for a taco especially if you cook it all the way through. The other thing that made me think twice was seeing the chef put my tuna on the grill, and then with the same hand, plate somebody's churros. That is probably happening in closed restaurant kitchens all over, but I'd never do that myself.

        1. LotusRapper Jul 25, 2013 07:04 PM

          That address is Che Baba Yoga's space. So CB is staying, but the studio is kaput ?

          Sal y Limon must be doing a facepalm .....

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          1. re: LotusRapper
            1newyorkguy Jul 26, 2013 12:10 AM

            Not sure the deal with CB..never been inside there, never knew exactly what goes on there. Yeah sal y limon better step up their game..I went once and the vegetable soup was basically water with the same vegetables inside my vegetable taco..I liked their salsa bar, though.

            1. re: LotusRapper
              grayelf Jul 26, 2013 09:13 AM

              We walked by a couple weeks ago and they were renovating the westmost part of the CB complex for the new resto. Cool that it will be tacos from the FB chef (Franco-tacos, mayhap?!). Still haven't found tacos I really like here that meet all my criteria, though the fish taco at Tacofino comes close if you get it on the corn tortilla, failing only on the price, as 1NYguy notes.

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                frasernkingsway Jul 30, 2013 12:14 PM

                Che Baba - restaurant and yoga - have been closed for ages. They've taken back the full space for Los Cuervos. It's quite different menu-wise from Sal Y Limon so hopefully they can cheerfully co-exist. It's the owner of Les Faux in partnership with the Go Fish peeps (I think).

                1. re: frasernkingsway
                  LotusRapper Jul 30, 2013 12:46 PM

                  Not surprised Che Baba closed. When you consider you can get much better meals and service (for same or less $) next door at LFB, CB had its days numbered.

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    grayelf Jul 30, 2013 02:15 PM

                    http://scoutmagazine.ca/2013/07/29/di...

                    Deets on the opening and ownership from Scout. Menu sounds enticing (so hoping they will have proper flautas!)

                    1. re: grayelf
                      LotusRapper Jul 30, 2013 03:04 PM

                      This has a nice ring:

                      " ..... Les Faux’s longtime chef, the affable Gilles L’Heureux. Gilles lived in Mexico City and spent 7 years working in taco shacks and such, so he knows his stuff back to front. It has long been a dream of his to bring what he learned to Vancouver."

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        grayelf Jul 30, 2013 03:42 PM

                        Yeah, I'm not quite daring to hope we might get some real chilango food in Vancouver...

                        1. re: grayelf
                          Sam Salmon Jul 30, 2013 04:49 PM

                          We don't need no stinkin' Fresas!!

                          1. re: Sam Salmon
                            grayelf Jul 30, 2013 05:16 PM

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresa

                            1. re: grayelf
                              peter.v Jul 30, 2013 11:42 PM

                              Sounds like they need a cocktail called Kingsway & Fresa.

                            2. re: Sam Salmon
                              LotusRapper Jul 30, 2013 06:29 PM

                              Hey ! Teachers ! Leave them kids alone !

                            3. re: grayelf
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                              frasernkingsway Jul 30, 2013 04:53 PM

                              We're trying it tonight so I'll report back. Can't speak to the authenticity/chilango-ness however.

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