Friday, January 18, 2008

14. Colombia: El Arriero Restaurante

Los Arrieros Restaurante
276 Jane St
(north of Bloor at Ardaugh)
416 761 1600

The restaurant is named for the Arrieros who are Colombians that transport coffee, maize and other agricultural products to market in the traditional way - with their mules.
We are greeted promptly and help move rustic wooden tables and benches to accommodate our party of eight.
We try a traditional starter: Arepa con Queso - corn cake with cheese $3.50 and find it a bit bland.
Our main courses: Chicken burrito 6.99, Chicken taco three for $7.99, Fajitas Tejanas - Grilled shrimp, chicken, steak strips, onion , pepper, bean lettuce and sour cream [pictured here] $13.99, Bistec Encebollado - Steak with onions rice and salad $12.99. Those who order the Mini Paisa - beans, rice, Spanish bacon, plantain, avocado, beef, corn cake and egg $11.99, find the portion generous and can't believe they've got the mini version. There are no Vegetarian main dishes on the menu but we ask the server for suggestions and get platters with rice, beans, plantain, avocado, salad and a fried egg on top.
The mango juice (with water) $2.50 - so thick that the straw stood up on its own -was delicious and not overly sweet. Chilean red wine by the half litre is reasonably priced.
Entertainment is provided by Leo Del Ayer who sings to recorded tracks. The walls are covered with traditional folk art and Colombian souvenirs.
Overall - a down to earth local restaurant with large portions of tasty South American fare and exceptional service.

Rating: Ambiance (3)
Service (4)
Food Presentation (3)
Food Quality (3)
Value for Money (4)

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