The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, La Mezcaleria has launched a new dinner menu for fall. In particular, the trip motivated Executive Chef Mariana Gabilondo to add more seafood to the menus at the Gastown and Commercial Drive restaurants. The new recipes adhere to the same traditional techniques La Mezcaleria is known for, with clams, oysters and fish now taking a starring role.
The new dinner menu sees even more fish and shellfish options, with rich plates that are sure to warm you on chillier days, like the Ostiones Gratinados a la Mexicana, a bubbling molcajete full of oysters prepared in a white wine cream sauce. Hearty plates are balanced by lighter fare such as the Tiradito de Pulpo, a tender octopus sashimi salad with ginger cilantro dressing, avocado mousse, sundried cherry tomatoes and shaved radish, served with crispy tostadas. A Risotto de Almejas, creamy manila clam risotto with white wine and parmesan, takes inspiration from contemporary cuisine in northern Mexico. For those who can only be satisfied with a plate of tacos, new to the lineup is Pulpo al Ajillo, octopus with pasilla pepper garlic oil, topped with onions, avocado mousse and crema on a flour tortilla.
A refreshing accompaniment to meals, La Mezcaleria’s cocktails are made with traditional Mexican flavours and quality agaves to prepare complex drinks. A Late Night Happy Hour is offered Tuesday-Sunday at La Mezcaleria Gastown from 9pm-close, with small plates and select cocktails at reduced prices. To view La Mezcaleria’s full food and cocktail menus, visit www.lamezcaleria.ca.
FALL MENU DINNER DISHES AT LA MEZCALERIA
68 E. Cordova Street / 1622 Commercial Drive / FULL MENU
Almejas al Ajillo y Vino Blanco
Manila clams steamed in garlic, white wine and pasilla butter
Ostiones Gratinados a la Mexicana
Oysters in a white wine cream sauce with pico de gallo and melted cheese served hot in a molcajete
Tiradito de Pulpo
Thinly sliced octopus sashimi salad with ginger cilantro dressing, avocado mousse, sundried cherry tomatoes and shaved radishes. Served with corn tostadas
Filete de Pescado a la Veracruzana
Pan seared fresh cod sitting on a classic tomato, olive oil and garlic coulis. Topped with olives, capers and tomato
Risotto de Almeja
Manila clams in a creamy risotto with white wine and parmesan
Pulpo al Ajillo
Octopus in pasilla pepper garlic oil, with onions, avocado mousse and crema on a flour tortilla
Commercial | 1622 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | V5L 3Y4
Gastown | 68 E Cordova St | Vancouver, BC | V6A 1K2
Monday: 5pm-11pm (The Drive only)
Owners: Marcelo Ramirez Romero & Ignacio Arrieta
Executive Chef: Mariana Gabilondo
Beverage Director: Ryley Zucca
General Manager, Commercial Drive: Tara Davies
General Manager, Gastown: Lauren Madsen
About La Mezcaleria
La Mezcaleria serves authentic Mexican food in Gastown and on Commercial Drive. Dishes are inspired by different regions in Mexico, and are made using traditional methods with fresh, west coast ingredients. Along with a range of tacos, guests will find traditional staples such as tostadas, flautas, enseladas and share plates with options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and carnivorous diets. La Mezcaleria also boasts one of the largest lists of agaves in Vancouver, featuring many rare tequilas and mezcals that can’t be found elsewhere in town. The innovative cocktail list makes use of savoury ingredients, like cilantro, serrano pepper and blue corn, as much as sweet, fruity flavours.
Brunch is served at both locations on Saturday and Sunday, and a daily Happy Hour sees feature drinks and snacks at reduced prices.
Awards & Accolades
Gold, Best Latin American, 2017 | Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
“La Mezcaleria’s queso fundido and mezcal-based cocktails make for what one judge describes as ‘the best Friday night on the Drive’” – Vancouver Magazine, 2017 Restaurant Awards
“If you’re craving some mouth-watering Mexican fare, check out either one of La Mezcaleria’s two locations” – Tammy Kwan, The Georgia Straight
“One of the best things to eat in the city [is] the queso fundido at La Mezcaleria, a no-holds-barred pot of sheer joy and melted cheese” – Nikki Bayley, BC Living