Restaurant: La Carnita
Location: 106 John Street, Toronto, ON M5H 1X9
Price Range: $$
This review of La Carnita is specifically for the third location on John Street, which is conveniently connected to Sweet Jesus! I have always wanted to try this place since I’m a sucker for Mexican food, but the infamous 1-2 hours wait time at the other locations are quite a turn off.
For the John Street’s location, depends on when you go and due to its size (2 floors!), the wait time isn’t as bad anymore though! The atmosphere was pretty good – very relaxed, casual atmosphere. The waitress was a bit cold and unapproachable, but she did her job. Service was quite slow for a Saturday dinner and she barely checked up on our table as well.
While the beef cheek was tender, I thought the overall flavor of the taco was underwhelming and bland. The taco was a bit too saucy and the tortilla was limp, and fell apart upon eating.
The cod was lightly battered with a nice crunch, and the fish was perfectly tender and moist. I found the tartness from the red cabbage and green apple to be quite overpowering though, perhaps just pick either one would have been good enough.
You don’t go to La Carnita and not order their famous Mexican corn. The combination of the rich creama and salty flavor from the queso anejo are incredible! A touch of chilli powder on top to give the succulent corn a nice kick – delicious. It was finger licking worthy!
Overall I thought the tacos at La Carnita was quite good, but not the best I have ever had. I also found the price at La Carnita to be quite expensive, especially for the taco and its portions. It would take around 4-5 tacos and 1 order of the Mexican corn to fill up an average person, so that’s around $30/person without drinks – your call.