I know that it is probably pretty weird, but I’ve never had a quesadilla before. In fact, I’ve never even had Mexican food until a couple of months ago, when I scarfed down a burrito at Vallarta’s and discovered how awesome those things are. And now, after my trip to Salsa & Agave earlier this week, I’ve finally had my first quesadilla. The aforementioned restaurant is a small, casual shop near the Yaletwon Skytrain Station serving a pretty good variety of Mexican fare. I was initially drawn the place after hearing on the interweb that they serve massive burritos. Of course I just had to get me one of these babies, so I ordered their large-sized 13″ Burrito with Carnitas. I also got a Quesadilla with Al Pastor.
13″ Burrito (Carnitas, $10.50):
The burrito was filled with pulled pork, beans, and cheese, and was serve with sides of sour cream and avocado sauce (which I was unfortunately unable to sample as I’m allergic to avocadoes). The pulled pork was quite tender and juicy; it was completely savoury however, and I personally would have preferred some sweetness. They were pretty generous with the meat: the pork probably made up over 50% of the filling. While I couldn’t really detect much of the cheese, the beans were creamy and flavourful. It was quite wet: a large amount of liquid/broth came out of the burrito when I cut it open, and it would probably have been quite messy to eat on the go. Portion-wise, I have to admit that I was initially a bit disappointed by the size: after reading some of the reviews from other patrons I was expecting something massive. Instead, the burrito I received was just of modest size, and not as big as the ones that I’ve gotten from Vallarta’s or Bandidas. However, at just $10.50, I really can’t complain.
Quesadilla (Al Pastor, $11.00):
The quesadilla came filled with pulled pork, pineapple, and cheese, and was again served with a side of avocado sauce. I really enjoyed this. The tortilla itself was hot, fresh, and had a great crispiness when it first came out (it did soften as it cooled, but was still delicious). There was a generous amount of pulled pork, which was tender, juicy and had a nice sweetness. The cheese, which I could actually taste here, provided a great gooiness.
In all honesty, I probably could have finished both the burrito and the quesadilla in one sitting. However, I’m currently doing my very best to take it easier on my
wallet health, so going against all of my instincts, I forced myself to just eat half of each and save the remains for a snack meal the next day.
All in all, I quite enjoyed my trip to Salsa & Agave. Their food is tasty, and even though their portions aren’t huge, their prices are relatively low and more than reasonable. The food came quite quickly and the staff, while not the most attentive, were very friendly. I’d highly recommend checking this place out for some tasty an affordable Mexican food.