New Westmount spot has pastries, pies and Latin meals that will fill you up
By Steven Sandor | May 30, 2023
It has been open less than a month, right next to Twice Cream in a small but quaint block of businesses located in historic, restored buildings. I wasn’t even looking to review a restaurant when I drove by, but was curious and decided to stop.
Inside, Latin music plays, and you can’t miss the tablecloths with patterns of fruit. There are arepas and empanadas that can be ordered in or for takeout, and a selection of meal combos. I am told that the restaurant has been open a little less than a month, though the food truck has patrolled Edmonton for 2 years.
(I have an appointment with my doctor later this week which I know will focus on my rather unhealthy lifestyle, so let’s hope the ol’ family physician isn’t reading the next bit.)
So, I decide on the salchipapa combo. This ends up being a serious amount of food, a challenge because I wasn’t planning on doing a review in the first place. Imagine if someone said, “hey, poutine isn’t extreme enough. Gravy? Cheese? Fries? Pshaw. Child’s play.” That same person would then have come up with salchipapa — which are fries served with beef sausage, shredded cheese and fresh peppers, covered in a garlic cream sauce. The serving is large enough for two, and it’s about as decadent as you’d imagine it to be. Garlic, sausage and fries? Yes, please.
But, the meal isn’t done, yet. I mentioned that I ordered a combo, right? So a caramel flan is served for dessert. It feels like overkill, because it is. It is served in a plastic to-go case, as if the proprietors are letting me know that there’s no shame in saving this for later. But “later” is a concept I am not considering. I have come this far, so why not go for it?
And, wow, the caramel really pops. It’s not subtle at all. It’s so strong, almost like butterscotch.
Not a bad find, considering I wasn’t even looking for this place.