El Catrin

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a launch dinner at El Catrin, a new Mexican restaurant that has opened up in the Distillery District.  El Catrin serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a wide array of tapas style servings. To help design a traditional yet modern menu, the restaurant hired one of Mexico City’s top chef’s Olivier La Calvez who recently was an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Mexico. Along with appetizing food options, El Catrin also serves a variety of cocktails and has Canada’s largest mescal and tequila bar with over 120 different labels. I can attest to the fabulousness of the cocktails as I tried 9 in the span of 3 hours and I didn't want to let a single drop go to waste, they were THAT good.

When I first arrived to the restaurant I immediately noticed how spacious and decorative the patio was.  There was a lot of funky furniture, a large open fire-pit and even its own patio bar. It really is the perfect summer patio to get day-drunk off pitchers of margaritas.  

After being seated by some very welcoming and friendly staff, I couldn't help but have a bit of a jaw-dropping expression on my face as I stared up at the vibrant mural of artwork on the back wall of the restaurant.  Full of vivacious colour, black-light and Día de Muertos themed images, it really set the ambiance quite nicely! The inspiration for the vibrant artwork was all inspired in Mexico, and even the tiles on the floor were brought back from Mexico to really give this place an authentic vibe. I walked around the entire restaurant and I really loved that every corner was full of intricate Mexican flair. 

Some of my food/drink highlights:

Traditional Margarita
Milagro Blanco / Triple Sec / agave nectar / citrus 

Pepino Diablo-Cucumber Devil
Milagro Blanco / mudded cucumber + Serrano peppers / 
agave nectar / citrus / Tajin rim

Vuelve a La Vida El Catrin
Pacific oyster with a ceviche of shrimp, octopus, bay
scallops, oyster, red onion, cucumber jicama, Acapulco
cocktail sauce

Ceviche De Atun
Fresh tuna, lime juice, olive oil, watermelon, chive 
and habanero mignonette

Tacos Al Pastor
Corn tortilla filled with shaved pork marinated in 
Axiote with pineapple, fresh cilantro and chopped 

Tostado De Higado De Pato 
Hot seared foie gras, El Catrin made tostada, mezcal 
mango syrup, poblano and red onion relish (1oz. foie)

Ensalada De Nopal 
Cactus salad, onion, tomato, fresh cilantro, radish 
with tequila, lemon vinaigrette

Camarones Al Ajillo
Jumbo shrimp sautéed with guajillo, garlic, lime 
juice, white wine over red rice, black bean purée and 

Mexican Chocolate Bar
double smoked spiced hazelnut chocolate bar
cajeta, chocolate and strawberry sauce

Mojito Reposado
Milagro Reposado / agave nectar / muddled mint / fresh 

lime / soda

For more information about El Catrin, visit their website at: http://www.elcatrin.ca/home

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  1. Sounds like a great place! You certainly had some delish-sounding stuff. Love the way it's decorated!

  2. this place looks so ethnic.. and delicious too. almost looked middle-eastern to me. yum!

  3. That decor is really something else! It looks like a party waiting to happen there, and the food seems equally festive.

  4. Hi Natalie,

    Sounds like this a cool place to hang out.


  5. gosh, cool place to hang out, i like the layout and the decoration.

  6. Looks like a cool place! I would love to visit it too!

  7. What a nice looking restaurant! The tacos look super yummy too!

  8. You lucky girl. Hubby buys a lot of tequila and would love that bar. I love the decor. Love the day of the dead heads. Fun, fun!

  9. Seems like a fun place with great decor and the food looks delicious, not to mention the cocktails,mmh.

  10. Sounds like a fun restaurant. I'll have to check it out!

  11. The food and drinks look great but I particularly like the whole Day of the Dead Decor!


  12. amazing clicks...:-)

  13. Wow! Natalie! Thank you so much for sharing every nook and cranny of this delightful restaurant with us. The food, the drinks oh my goodness. I do believe I could live there!!!

  14. You've seriously got me craving mexican food now!

  15. I wish we had a place like that here...the decor and the food look amazing! Very cool place :)


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