Milagro

Milagro
Several Toronto locations
http://www.milagrorestaurant.com/

Food: **
Service: *
Ambiance: **
Recommended: Yes
Price for 2: $60 (2 mains, drinks)

We were wandering around Queen Street, trying to catch a place for a bite. When you’re in a tourist area and you haven’t done your research in advance, you can definitely fall prey to some overpriced crap.

Fortunately, we lucked out when we stumbled across Milagro.

A mexican restaurant with a cool ambiance and fresh-tasting food, Milagro is not your typical tacos and margaritas joint. I can’t really comment on whether or not it’s “authentic mexican”, but I can definitely tell you that it’s not the kind of stuff you’re going to find from Taco Bell or make at home with Old El Paso mixes. Think less tacos, nachos, and fajitas, and more ceviche, guacamole, carnitas, enchiladas, and fish dishes.

Sadly, since we were in a rush we didn’t have much time to really take in the menu. I was feeling vegetable deprived, and had to stick to a house salad, which was well-dressed and involved jicama, pumpkin seeds, mango, etc. I got grilled chicken on the top, which was well-cooked but I am not personally a fan of the kind of charred outside that tastes burnt.

My dining companion got shrimp enchiladas, which he loved and said they were some of the best he’s had. It was a generous portion, with a creamy interior and smothered with sauces.

We split a large margarita, which was also delicious (possibly in competition for one of the best we’ve ever had). However, we were not quite so thrilled to discover the $20 price tag at the end of the meal.

Overall, a good option in a dangerous location, and a nice take on an often-distorted cuisine.

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