El CatrinWednesday, 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.
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.