To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of Mexican food until after moving to downtown where my desire to taste test Mexican cuisine has greatly increased. Toronto houses a handful of restaurants specializing in turning people into taco-and-guac-lovers. You’ve got Seven Lives and El Trompo Taco Bar by the hippie district of Kensington Market, and La Carnita and Grand Electric in the East End.
I decided to pop in to Wilbur Mexicana with a friend for lunch but it got very busy very fast as people were trying satisfy their stomachs after a cup of morning joe.
Ever since taking this blog a teensy bit more seriously, I’ve taken more notice of the inside decor and ambiance of restaurants. Wilbur Mexicana gives off a modern but comfortable vibe with its large open space, high ceiling, wooden tables and white subway tiles. I would classify this place as half-way between traditional seated-dining and fast food restaurants.
Their menu is not too extensive but complex enough to make you want everything. Since I was trying to save room for my 11-course dinner at a Zomato Meetup, I only ordered one taco and shared a plate of guac and chips.
Their guacamole was fresh and delicious! The creamy texture of avocado paired well with the crispiness of the tortilla chips. I had to stop myself from getting full solely off of these darn guac and chips.
I got the Chicken Tinga ($3.75) which had pulled chicken, fresh guacamole and cotija cheese all in a crispy tortilla shell. The chicken could’ve been spicier but flavourful regardless. I’ve definitely had better tacos in my lifetime but Wilbur did not disappoint with its freshly-made guacamole and salsa bar with over half a dozen to choose from. My personal favourite was the pineapple salsa which was packed full of sweet and tangy flavours. I’ll have to come back next time to try the Bulgogi taco, Baja fish and Mexican Street corn.