What you can definitely expect from El Santo is Vancouver fine-dining prices. Fortunately, you can also expect pretty interesting flavours in their Mexican fare.
TIP: Larger groups can be put in a private room at the back that can easily seat 14 with OK spacing between diners.
Enchiladas Flor de Jamaica ($18) Hibiscus flowers, jicama, carrot & cabbage, fire roasted tomato chipotle sauce, Oaxaca cheese & green rice
- I can't really rate this properly because it tasted way too much like my mom's spring rolls. She uses a lot of jicama, and that for me was the predominant flavour here.
- Lots of cheese but it hardened way too quickly to be fun. Not sure how that can be avoided, however.
- Green rice (possibly just rice with green herbs, such as cilantro) was al dente and had a firm, coarse texture in the mouth. Interesting for not being your normal tender rice.
- The three rolls were slightly on the salty side.
- Overall OK but a lot of the ingredients mentioned you won't really see or taste unless you dissect the rolls and try to isolate them from the stuffing.
- Looks really delicious, but for me not that interesting. However see caveat above.
- Combined with the rice this is fairly filling plate.
- I got to try a bite of this, which was my friend's order. Overall looks pretty boring BUT the tamarind chipotle glaze is the real winner here. The sourness really helps with any heavy fatty feeling from the pork belly.
- My piece of pork belly wasn't crispy. Hmm.
Queso Fundido ($10) Oaxaca cheese, poblano peppers, caramelized onion, tomato, fresh tortillas
- A pic of someone else's appy. When I saw it I declined to get it. For $10 you're getting maybe half or at most 2/3rds of an $11 portion of Queso Fundido at The Mexican.
- Mocktail that tastes like it sounds -- Pineapple, lemon, mint. Pretty good palate cleanser and pretty refreshing.
Here I used it on the green rice that came with my enchiladas. The rice was interesting in texture but boringly bland in taste, sadly.