La Revolucion Toronto

La Revolucion

La 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 Toronto

We 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 Toronto

Guacamole 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 Toronto

For 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 Toronto

After 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 Toronto

A 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 Toronto

Open 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


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  • September 7

    ClassyAF at La Rev

    featuring:

    JANE STREET TRIO

    Rebecca MacLeod - violin

    Sarah Steeves - cello

    Talisa Blackman - piano

    The Jane Street Trio plays the 4 seasons - but not the Vivaldi that everyone knows. Listen (or dance along) to Astor Piazzolla's tango infused take on the 4 seasons of Buenos Aires while sipping margaritas in La Rev's beautiful back room.

    tix $15 online $20 at the door

    D...

  • September 14

    ClassyAF at La Rev

    featuring:

    THE ODIN STRING QUARTET

    Alex Toskov, Violin

    Tanya Charles, Violin

    Laurence Schaufele, Viola

    Sam Bisson, Cello

    Toronto's Odin String Quartet brings the silver screen to life playing music from your favourite movies, arranged for string quartet.

    tix $15 online $20 at the door

    Doors @ 6 Show @ 7

  • September 21

    featuring:

    Adam Despinic, violin

    Steve Koh, violin

    Maxime Despax, viola

    Sebastian Ostertag, cello

    Interro Quartet combines passionate performances with a curiosity to explore new sounds and venues in chamber music. The group’s repertoire includes works of classical music giants, as well as new compositions by emerging and established Canadian composers. Featuring award-winning graduates of Univ...

  • September 28

    featuring:

    CHARM OF FINCHES

    Laura Chambers

    Tristan Durie

    Terry Lim

    Amelia Lyon

    Katherine Watson

    Five flutes - one stage. Canada's premiere flute quintet takes the stage at La Rev to play tunes you'll recognize from classical flute music (like Debussy), music by Canadian composers working today, and pop tunes arranged for flute quintet. Come out and see flutes of all different shapes and...

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