Imagine my delight when stumbling through the snow—taking a shortcut to where I was headed—I hit a bright blue corner house and walked in to taste some of the best vegetarian tacos in town!
I was on my way to Fraser Café for a quick lunch.
There aren’t many healthy, fun and vegetarian options in my hood, you see. And of the few there are, none are affordably priced. Which is why Ola Cocina is a dream come true.
Located just parallel to Beechwood Avenue, on 62 Barrette Street, the small space is intimate and colourful. There is but one table and two benches, just enough to feed a dozen mouths, if squished in tight together.
Donna Chevrier, who served me tea and chatted about the tortillas, is the owner. She wears a big smile and has an enthusiastic voice. “We had bought a machine to make the dough,” she said. “But it was no good. So we hand-make everything right here in the kitchen.”
Everything on the menu is traditional Mexican style. I tried two veggie tacos for $8. On the delicious tortilla bread were mushrooms, beans, onions, jalapeño, cilantro and pico de gallo (for those of you that don’t know: pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is a Mexican condiment which literally translates to fresh salsa).
The sweet Churros that Donna gave me as a complementary tasting were delicious, brought me right back to my vacation in Barcelona. Dipping the desert in green tea was a warm welcome before heading back out in the snow.
Ola Cocina opened last week and I encourage everyone to support this local restaurant—your taste buds and wallet will agree on it. And the orange walls, tall cacti and spicy food will add to your experience by putting you in the bright and sunny spirit of Mexico.