249 Augusta Ave
Mexican Salsas opened up back in 2010, promising to bring then-lacking authentic Mexican food to Toronto. Although I can’t say I’m an expert in “authentic” Mexican food (I haven’t even been to Mexico), I can tell you that the dishes served to us are what we might expect to receive in Mexico.
Tanner ordered two tacos, one carnitas and one chorizo, with tomatoes, onions, green salsa, and cilantro. We both liked the meats themselves. Unfortunately, however, she couldn’t finish them — they were much too spicy, especially the chorizo. This meant me eating the rest after taking off as much cilantro as possible (gross). While Tanner was eating it, I noticed one thing that stood out — the double corn tortilla, which made the tacos much easier to eat. And, I recently learned that doubling corn tortilla is a common practice in Mexico.
I ordered one steak tostada with refried beans, lettuce, cheese, crema fresca, and green salsa. I was expecting pieces of steak on my fried corn tortilla but was served more of a pulled beef, which was, probably, equally delicious as what I was expecting. The crema fresca was extremely fresh and the refried beans was bold and smooth. The green salsa gave a great punch of flavour that you definitely cannot ignore.
We also ordered two drinks — a mango-flavoured soda and a strawberry sangria soda. I liked the taste of mine whereas Tanner liked hers much better. The mexican sodas, after some research, are actually made with cane sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup that most sodas have. It’s actually against the law in Mexico to use HFCS, because cane sugar is much better for you! Yay, Mexico!
Try out Mexican Salsas! They’re definitely doing something right, considering Kensington Market is dense with small, competitive restaurants serving Latin American food.