As longtime lovers of tequila (until the morning after anyways), we have absolutely no issue with the Mexican trend sweeping through Toronto. New to the city and brought to us by the culinary geniuses behind Italian favourite Little Anthony’s and Greek authority Estiatorio Volos, El Caballito Tequila Bar officially opens its doors on February 5th, 2014 at 220 King Street West.
El Caballito, dubbed the “home of the midnight taco”, will be opened late serving Mexican antojitos (small plates of street-style Mexican food referred to as “Little Cravings”) and expertly mixed cocktails to the late night crowd. The tequila bar seats 120 people, and the kitchen is open Monday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Executive Chef Elia Herrera is originally from Veracruz, Mexico, and has created a food menu inspired by her family’s authentic Mexican cooking, topped with some delicious twists. Word on the street is items like chips and guacamole are made more exciting with thinly sliced and lightly fried plantain, sweet potato, taro and totopos chips. Taco lovers will not be disappointed with some tasty choices including Flank Steak ($4.25), Baked Pickerel ($5.50) and Champiñones al Ajillo (mushroom, arbol chili, ajillo sauce, flour tortilla, $4.25).
In terms of the 64 types of tequilas El Caballito offers (a.k.a. what you all were waiting for), they’re all served in a traditional narrow shot glass called a caballito (feel free to have an “Aha!” moment). They have a variety of vintages to choose from as well as offering “Servicio Tequilero” (aka bottle service) featuring 12 types of tequilas to choose from. Not too shabby.
From what we can see, El Caballito will be a unique type of Mexican/Tequila bar in Toronto – and with all the new Mexican restaurants and bars opened in the last 2 years, this is truly refreshing.
El Caballito Tequila Bar is opened Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 1am. www.ElCaballito.ca | Follow them at @elcaballito220