603 Kingsway, Vancouver BC V5T 3K5
Friday of a summer long weekend in BC means patio, especially if the weather is as nice as it has been. So I finished work early and headed to a new Mexican joint I have had on my list to try for a while now, Los Cuervos. We made it in time for their generous Happy Hour (Friday-Sunday, 4-6pm and everyday after 9pm) and sat on their sidewalk patio to start relaxing into the evening.
Drinks were absolutely necessary so we started with a couple of their house margaritas – a guava for my partner and a mango for myself. Both were delicious, had real fruit flavor to them and were not overly sweet. I followed my mango with a tamarind flavored margarita, which was definitely interesting and unique. If you like tamarind, you’ll like this, and if you don’t, then don’t order it. And if you have no idea what it is, well click here.
For food, we started with some chips, guac and salsa – which were super tasty: in-house made corn tortilla chips with a nicely sweet salsa and a rich, creamy guacamole dip. It was a great appetizer while we awaited our tacos. My only gripe is that I’m used to (read: spoiled with) getting free chips and salsa at most Mexican restaurants, Los Cuervos isn’t one of them so you have to pay for this snack.
We moved on to tacos, which were part of the Happy Hour Special – two tacos and margarita for $13. I chose the birria de res (beef brisket) and camaron (shrimp) – both on corn tortilla. It’s corn or no dice… My tacos were so delicious and quite large as they were the 6″ size. The beef was nicely seasoned but definitely on the chewier side. I had a bit of meat string stuck in between my teeth afterward. The shrimp tacos were really good – very crunchy breading with no sogginess or greasiness at all. I was quite impressed that they managed that. The flavor was mild and the shrimp was decent, though I’m spoiled from my time in Baja, Mexico eating shrimp tacos all day long.
My partner got two tacos as well and chose the alambre (beef skirt steak) and shrimp taco too. His beef skirt taco was really tasty with gooey cheese to balance the steak. It reminded me of a cheesy fajita and certainly had that rich, savory component to it.
Of course we were still hungry so ordered a couple more items: the eponymous and eye-catching Whaco Taco and a deep-fried tamale, which had chicken in it (for the day’ special). Both items were hits – especially the Whaco Taco, which is a monster of crunchy fried goodness. The beef, the cheese, the toppings, it was all very tasty and sure to slow your heart-rate. The tamale was also really tasty too – a super fluffy masa batter with scatterings of chicken in the middle. I wasn’t used to this deep-fried version so pleasantly surprised at the crispy outer layer.
We finished with some dessert – churros of course. They were perfect little sugar+cinnamon covered straws of crunchy batter goodness. Served with cajeta (caramel sauce) which is basically reduced sweetened goat milk, and a chocolate sauce, which reminded of of Nesquik. I had to stop myself from eating the caramel with my fingers. I was in heaven and happy to sit and munch away at these.
Overall, definitely returning to Los Cuervos for more margs, tacos, churros. The service was also great, they didn’t miss a beat and made a lot of good recommendations. I’m happy to add another joint to my very tiny repertoire of Latin/Mexican/Spanish places in the Lower Mainland. And Los Cuervos? It means the crows.
- Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole $6
- Happy Hour Special: 2 Tacos and a Margarita $13
- Margarita de la Casa, Tamarind $7
- Los Cuervos Whaco Taco $9
- Tamale, Chicken $6.50
- Churros $6.50
Beats: Caramel – City High feat. Eve