Posted on November 6, 2012 by Hitman Howdy
For our last meal we went to another rather odd location, Hernande’z Cocina, for Central American food. This is apparently as close as you’ll get to a traditional Salvadorean cocina here in BC, with two sides of a mall hallway doubling for a rustic village market stall. Well, they didn’t quite deliver on the atmosphere, but it’s an interesting setup and it seems to be working for them.
It is all very DIY and kind of confusing for a newcomer, however they have plenty of hand-written cardboard signage and if you’re feeling overwhelmed it pays off to start reading. Or do what we did and browse the page after page of instructions and explanations on their website. Many people have been complaining in various reviews about this style of service, or self-service to be more accurate, along with the various rules for dining there but after reading what the owners have to say about it I felt good about giving them our business and it all seemed to make sense to me. Most of it has to do with keeping costs down and quality of food high, although it’s hard to understand the justification for a $4 side of rice or beans…I guess they must be HUGE. Everything else was quite reasonably priced though. They have a slow food and an express menu, the main difference seems to be that the slow food comes with their home-made tortillas and is served table-side via a strange (but cool) loteria card-based system that involves a bit of shouting and hand-waving. Express food is picked up across the hall at the kitchen. I think the only express item we ordered was the burrito, but everything seemed to come out of the kitchen at a good clip so maybe slow food is a bit of a misnomer. Messier items come on a plate whereas finger-food is on butcher paper, however plates can be rented for $1. Yes, things are done a little differently here, but read their website manifesto and then sample the food before you judge.
Tacos de Carne $6.00 – fresh, handmade corn tortillas with locally raised, naturally grown beef, salsa, chopped onions, cilantro and wedges of lime.
The Tacos de Carne were a bit less bang for buck at three for $6 than the other tacos which come with five for the same price, but the organic beef they use apparently isn’t always in stock so we had to try it. And we were glad we did! The beef was sooo tender and juicy, with a generous portion of cilantro folded in delectable home-made tortillas.
Pork Enchilada – $11.95
The Pork Enchilada came swimming in a very cinnamon-y sauce which reminded us of a mole. Intriguing on first bite, but by the end we were getting sick of it due to the overwhelming sauce. On the plus side the meat was juicy and there was lots of gooey cheese smothering it.
Filed under: Latin, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Tagged: enchilada, Latin, tacos, Victoria | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Wendy
Armed with a WagJag voucher, Hitman and I hit up Magda’s Restaurant on Fraser as Hitman was very interested in trying authentic Latin/Venezuelan food and looking up reviews, that seems to be the case here.
Magda’s certainly has a very warm family restaurant feel to it. The servers were very friendly although not very helpful with explaining the menu. We depended on Google for that. In the end we decided on an Empanada and Arepa each, plus the Beef Tongue dish to share.
I chose the Shredded Beef (Carne Mechada) Empanada ($3.95). The Empanadas were very different from previous ones I’ve tried, even the ones from Chile when I visited South America a while ago. The shell seems to be made from corn flour as it was moist and mealy, not flaky and pie-crusty like the ones I’ve had before. Now by mealy I didn’t mean it in a negative light, it was actually quite chewy. The shell itself was bland tho so it depended on the filling and the provided sauces (a garlic one, an avocado based one, and a VERY spicy one) for more flavor.
My Shredded Beef filling was very tasty and flavorful. The beef was not at all tough. The shell was also very freshly deep fried so it had a very nice crunch to it.
Filed under: Latin, Vancouver | Tagged: Latin, Vancouver, Venezuelan | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 5, 2009 by Wendy
Update Apr 10, 2011: This restaurant is now closed.
The first time I had authentic Chilean empanadas was earlier this year when I went on a trip to South America. They sold these things on street-side markets and stalls.
My first one however was bought from a convenience store there, instead of off the street. I was concerned about hygiene after all. Funny thing was…the lady that got it for me used her hands to pick it up.
And it really wasn’t very good, perhaps because it wasn’t fresh.
I had walked by Empanada Hut quite a number of times already. Today I finally decided to go get some.
Boy-oh-boy these look so much better than the saran-wrapped one I had down there.
They have 4 flavors to choose from originally. Beef and Chicken are the cheapest at $2.79 each. Then there’s also Spinach and Feta, and Seafood.
They also have something called Cheese Empanadas. There were 4-5 flavors to choose from and all were only $2.49 each.
I ended up getting one Cheese & Spanish Chorizo Empanada and one original one. I asked the lady whether she would pick Beef or Chicken. She recommended Beef, so I got that.
Filed under: Fast Food, Food Court, Latin, Restaurant Reviews, Richmond, Snacks | Tagged: beef, cheese, Chilean, Fast Food, food court, Latin, richmond, Snacks | 8 Comments »