Monday, 13 October 2014

Acajutla, Edmonton, AB - tasty place for El Salvadorian fare.. and pupusas!! :D

One of our good Salvadorian friends was in town and he was craving the Mariachi tacos from Acajutla (even though he was flying out to visit family in El Salvador the next day!)  We rounded up the crew to give him a proper send off - with a tummy full of tasty El Salvadorian fare!
the DRINKS
With a small selection of non-alcoholic drinks and juice available, a bunch of us went with a Salvadoran orange cream soda, Ensalada (a fruit juice blended with fruit bits - definitely had pineapple in it).. and forgot to take pics cuz we were busy catching up (whoops!)


the FOOD
We started off with our favs...  Mixed pupusas - piping hot in house fluffy corn tortillas are stuffed full of chicaron (seasoned pork ground into a smooth pâté) and melted cheese.

... which we quickly load up with curtido (pickled cabbage slaw), salsa roja (tomato based thin hot sauce) and their avocado chili sauce... so much so that our friends told us they've never seen anyone enjoy the condiments as much as we did in El Salvador. Nom!

The Tostadas was another fav with a bed of deep fried crisp mini tortillas topped with refried beans, a sprinkle of cheese, lots of shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced hard boiled eggs, bright refreshing tomatoes, and a heap of Parmesan cheese.. 

The Ceviche was popular around the table with everyone using tortilla chips to scoop out little bits of white fish cooked in lemon and lime juices, tomato, onions and a hit of chilies for a satisfying heat

The Chicken tamale was reminiscent of a Vietnamese or Chinese banana leaf wrapped rice package.. it had a few pieces of seasoned chicken encased in a starchy, sticky corn based dough, all wrapped up in a leaf wrapper - it was simple, filling and tasty!

We ordered a Combination Plate  which included a tostada, a deep fried pastel (a tasty deep fried beef? hand pie), chicken fajita, and mariachi (beef tongue) taco for my boyfriend while O ordered a plate for himself lol!  The beef tongue was well cooked to a tender fall apart and the tacos disappeared quite quickly!

We had ordered more food for our big table, but I didn't take pics of everything as everyone was busy digging in!

the VERDICT
Great pupusas and a taste of El Salvador right in the heart of Edmonton! 


Acajutla Restaurant
Address
 11302 107 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5H 0Y3
Phone (780) 426-1308
Hours Closed Mon+Tue, Wed-Thur 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-8pm
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