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Chihuahua’s Mexican Grill by Cambie Malone’s Group

Earlier this month I was invited to the launch party of Cambie Malone’s Group’s newest venture- Chihuahua’s Mexican Grill!  Situated just behind Malone’s Bar and Grill on W. Pender (they’re directly connected), it’s a cozy space for not-quite-fast-food and a wide selection of premium tequilas.

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch partyHead chef Peter Chun is at the helm and personally crafted the entire menu, which is based on tacos and burritos.  As usual you get to pick and choose, mix and match your fillings and toppings.  Pricing is very friendly also with Daily Specials and Happy Hour specials!  And that includes both food and drinks!

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch party - chefs at workChihuahua’s sure know how to throw a party!  By the time I arrived there were chips and homemade dips, drinks, and tacos abound and on the ready for everyone.  Standing tables were set for mingling and dining.  It was a really cool atmosphere all around.

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch partyThe open kitchen concept also invited views of their fresh ingredients and food preparation.  It was quite torturous waiting for the platter to come out from behind the kitchen!

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch party - chicken tacosBut alas they arrived!  All the tacos served tonight were cute mini bite-sized morsels.  I was able to try everything but the vegetarian version.

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch party - beef tacosMy favorite of the night was for sure the Ropa Vieja (beef) braised in chipotle sauce.  It was layered on top of cilantro rice, topped with roasted poblano and corn salsa and salsa verde.  There’s just endless combinations you can do.

I will say though that most of the tacos tonight were quite bland.  Hopefully that has been remedied by now after being opened for a while.

Didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the chips and dips stations, but basically what chef Peter Chun wanted to do was to lay out every single element out for us to try on the most basic level.  My favorite was still the roasted poblano and corn salsa.  The salsa verde came a close second.

Chihuahua's Mexican Grill launch partyAll that yummy food eating must be accompanied by equally yummy drinks.  We were served a selection of Mexican beers, their signature shaken tequila margaritas, and their white wine sangria.  I very much enjoyed the Cinnamon Margarita.

Having recently came back from Mexico, I got a new found appreciation for premium tequilas, more specifically Don Julio Gold.  Guess what?  They got that here at Chihuahua’s!

Tequila, PREMIUM tequila, that is, is their focus and they’re trying to introduce the art of tequila tasting to Vancouver.  This isn’t like back in your old college days!  If you’re interested, give their Tequila Tasting Flights ($11-18) a try!

Disclaimer: The food and drinks were provided free of charge at the event. All opinions are solely my own.

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