July 21, 2018: After attending my friend’s wedding ceremony, we decided to go for lunch nearby in the Jane and Bloor area. Los Arrieros Restaurante is a Colombian restaurant that also serves Mexican food. Once we walked in, we could feel the Latin American vibe from all the decor in the restaurant.
It was a small homey space with picnic tables as seating. They had mirrors on the right-hand side reflecting many colourful wind chimes that were hung up.
They had so many Colombian dishes that I was actually quite overwhelmed with everything. The server did inform us about the most popular Colombian dishes upon hearing that it was our first visit to Los Arrieros.
They provided free Colombian coffee for every customer too. The coffee smelled amazing!
The Mini Paisa is one of their Colombian traditional dishes. It was a plate of beans, rice, Spanish bacon, plantain, avocado, beef, corn cake, and egg. (It’s actually a smaller version of the traditional dish called bandeja paisa of a platter of an assortment of meats, avocado, egg, rice, and beans). It was definitely authentic looking and tasting. I really liked everything on the plate.
The meats weren’t too salty surprisingly and the beans and price were good comfort food items.
I actually wanted to order the Mini Paisa for myself XD but upon hearing that Ken wanted to order that instead, I switched to getting a Chimichangas since we usually share what we eat. Ha, so much for wanting to try authentic Colombian food while at such an authentic restaurant. I just wanted something familiar, I guess, and wasn’t patient to read through the excessive menu that day to choose something else. 8D
I have had a fond tasting Chimichangas at Mexican Amigos before and wanted to see how this restaurant prepared theirs. This was definitely a different kind of preparation. The Chimichangas is a folded flour tortilla into a rectangle package filled with mozzarella cheese, chicken or ground beef, topped with sour cream, guacamole, and feta cheese.
This was a very heavy item and I’m so glad that the guacamole helped to break up the cheese and meat.
The guacamole was one of the best I’ve had. It was tarty and sour but so tasty. Don’t get me wrong, the Chimichangas was actually delicious and it satisfied my foodie taste buds very much. 😀 The chicken inside of the flour tortilla was so moist and smooth that it blended into the cheese and flour tortilla. It was only slightly fried too so it didn’t taste too oily. There could have been less sour cream though — too much of it led to the heaviness feeling.
Their restrooms are downstairs in the basement where they actually have a huge lower level for customers too. I would love to come back to try their other items as it was a very delicious meal. I just don’t know when or if I’ll be back since I’m not in this area of the city very much.