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La Revolucion

Posted by Rebecca Fleming / Reviewed on July 4, 2011 / review policy

La Revolucion TorontoLa Revolucion, at the corner of Keele and Dundas, is the sole contender for Mexican restaurants in The Junction, but it is worthy of competition. Owner and operator, Indira opened shop in November of last year and has big plans for this little cocina y cantina.

Walking in, we were greeted warmly by Mexican music, and Indira herself. Decoration is minimal giving it an open, airy feel. Photographs of Mexico hang on white stucco walls, and tables are covered with burlap and dotted with Jarrito bottlecaps under their glass tops.

La Revolucion TorontoWe ordered a margarita and a Michelada (both $6.50) to go with our Guacamole Bites (also $6.50) to start. The margarita, made with freshly squeezed lime juice (they hand squeeze over 40 limes a day) came rimmed with a blend of lime-infused spices which was so much tastier and authentic than the typical salt job. Steph proclaimed it was the best margarita she's had since visiting San Francisco's Mission District....which although not Mexico, still says a lot. The Michelada can be thought of as the Caesar's Mexican cousin. Made with Clamato, hot sauce, and your choice of beer, it is less dense and more refreshing. I definitely see more of these in my future.

La Revolucion TorontoGuacamole is hit and miss with me, but the guac at La Revo was definitely a hit. Very creamy with chunks of tomato and just the right amount of cilantro, we found ourselves using our nachos more like small shovels.

La Revolucion TorontoFor mains, I went with the "Junction Burro" burrito with chicken ($8.50), while Steph opted for the tacos ($8.00 for three - top photo). The burrito, wrapped in an oh-so-soft tortilla, was pleasantly heavy on the chicken. It was big enough to bring home one half that now resides in my fridge and is destined to be my next days lunch.

The tacos can be mixed and matched so Steph went with one each of chicken, steak, and tinga - shredded chicken cooked with onions and chipotle, that Indira claims to be addictive. While Steph agreed with this statement, she still favoured the steak taco. Both dishes came served with an avocado based sauce - which was surprisingly creamy given that it doesn't contain any cream at all - and a delicious hot sauce that gave just the perfect amount of slow burn without being overpowering. The defining quality to everything we ordered (besides tastiness) was freshness.

La Revolucion TorontoAfter our meal Indira showed us into the back room. Pushing past the Mexican flag hanging in the doorway, we walked into la cantina. With dark textured walls and ambient lighting, it is the opposite of its cocina counterpart. Records adorn the walls and instruments lay strewn about, giving it a relaxed basement rec-room vibe.

La Revolucion TorontoA musician herself, Indira wants music to be a big part of La Revo. July will see live music on Thursdays and Fridays with open jam Tuesdays. Flamenco Saturdays are in the works, providing some friendly competition for the salsa dancing that happens down the street at Lenos Colombian restaurant.

Right now La Revolucion maintains a steady flow of regulars, but I forsee it becoming a Junction favourite in no time.

Footnote: Good signage has a special place in my heart, and I give La Revo an A+ for theirs.

La Revolucion TorontoOpen Tues. - Sun. 12:00 - 9:00
Toonie Taco Tuesdays
Comedy Night Thursdays in La Cantina (9:30)
Coming soon... weekend brunch!

Writing by Rebecca Fleming with photography by Stephanie Rowe

Discussion

24 Comments

Matthew / May 20, 2011 at 07:40 pm
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I liked it, kind of quiet but relaxed atmosphere. Decor is nice and kind of original, feels like a little bit of Mexico with the photos on the wall. I don't know what authentic Mexican food is like but this was pretty tasty and not your average burrito log and nachos affair. A good casual dinner spot and not too pricey either.
Wayne / June 28, 2011 at 03:40 pm
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This is a really cool spot. A cozy laid back feel and great food!
auditorydamage / July 4, 2011 at 08:29 am
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Breakfast is also worth a try. Just go and stuff your face.
AV / July 4, 2011 at 10:14 am
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This place is our go-to for dinner. A very, very welcome addition to the Junction.
Kate / July 4, 2011 at 10:47 am
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Nice place.. worth a visit. Food is good and atmosphere is nice. A worthwhile addition to the Junction.
tashadls / July 4, 2011 at 02:23 pm
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Wow...your experience was a LOT better than mine. Our table was sticky and the food was bland (the side of beans we got had more water in it than actual beans).
I had already decided that I wouldn't go back - maybe I was there on a bad day...??
Richard replying to a comment from tashadls / July 4, 2011 at 05:55 pm
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lol... bit fickle to judge a resto by a sticky table.... maybe that just means the last people that ate there really enjoyed themselves :)
Fabiana / July 4, 2011 at 06:12 pm
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Loved it! Ill try for sure as I love mexican cuisine..
Gerard / July 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm
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One of the best mexican places i have ever eaten at. Its so good a couple of us ordered more food for take out to eat tomorrow. I am going to have mine in the morning, a delicious burrito breakfast!
Shina / July 6, 2011 at 05:46 pm
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This was a really great surprise! The decor may be underwhelming, and they may benefit from a few more servers, however the food is incredible! Words cannot correctly describe how delicious the chorizo taco was. To die for. I really cannot underscore it enough!

I would definitely recommend la revolucion! Great casual dinner!
Juli / July 9, 2011 at 04:01 pm
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Love La Revolucion. Addicted to the tacos, especially the chorizo/potato and the pulled pork ones. Margaritas are great too - fresh, not fake. The menu is also really affordable.

It's a great addition to the neighborhood, which is in need of more dinner places.
Doodle / July 9, 2011 at 08:15 pm
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Love the writer!!! A great addition to your writing staf. Keep her around!
Emily / July 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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Isn't Leno's Mexican too? It's just a block down.
abe / July 12, 2011 at 01:07 pm
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margaritas are the bomb! sangria, too...burritos, also legitimate.
Jacob / July 18, 2011 at 04:49 pm
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Food is pretty bland. Didn't taste very fresh. Atmosphere wasn't very inviting either. Overall, not worth a second visit.
sarah / August 20, 2011 at 02:48 pm
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tasty and fresh eats to be had there that wont put much of a dent in your wallet. just discovered that there is also a bar in the back area that hosts music and comedy night. so the place got even better + cheap drinks = love it!
Natia / April 3, 2012 at 01:50 pm
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Wonderful food, their guacamole is out of this world and their burritos and tacos are to die for. All the people at the store in which I work now go there to eat/drink on a regular basis.(Have been to Mexico twice, this definitely ranks right up there with the delicious Mexican cuisine I tasted on my travels). Four stars out of four.
Brent replying to a comment from Emily / May 4, 2012 at 05:27 pm
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Leno's is Columbian.
Gregory / September 21, 2012 at 10:25 am
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One of my favorite places to hang out in. The back always sets me back in a diferent place in time.
Andrew / January 29, 2013 at 12:01 am
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The Rev Is so fun on Sunday nights!
They have live gypsy jazz played by professionals in Toronto.
I think on Sundays they close at 11 or midnight.
So much fun!
unicornbeans / March 1, 2013 at 11:47 am
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This is probably the worst Mexican restaurant I've been there. Where are all these people giving the rave reviews? My fiance went there on a Friday night and were the only people in the restaurant. The service was horrible, and the burrito I ordered was the blandest thing I've ever tasted. It was a dump of a restaurant, I would never go there and would never recommend it to anyone. Want an amazing Mexican restaurant? Go to the Playa Cabana or the Cantina.
Jane / September 25, 2013 at 07:23 pm
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The BEST margaritas in the city. Hands down.
control / November 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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went there last night. awful. bad service and extremely hot from halogen lights beaming at us. Server didn't even clean our table, had to do it ourselves.

Food was equally as awful, bland and gross. Burrito Boys for a burrito anyday of the week.

The tecate beer for $5.5 was the only thing that was good.
Benedict / March 25, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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My favourite burrito in Toronto! Everything has FLAVOUR. Not a novelty huge tube of toppings like Burrito Boyz.

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