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Casamiento is a pupuseria specializing in El Salvador's national dish.

This casual takeout spot serves the trifecta of hand-held Latin American eats —tacos, quesadillas, and pupusas — but it's the latter,  stuffed with ingredients like beans, cheese, and pork revuelta, that make it shine. 

casamiento torontoOwner Rene Rodriguez first opened Casamiento as a 70-square-foot stall at the back of Kensington's cramped food court 214 Augusta (which is arguably one of the most successful small business incubators in the city). 

casamiento torontoBack then he was dishing out something he coined the pupusadilla: a mash-up between the Mexican corn quesadilla with Salvodaran pupusa fillings.

casamiento torontoIt was tasty, if not somewhat gimmicky: Rodriguez says he only did it to bypass the food court's ban on doubling up on cuisines. There was already a quesadilla spot operating at the time, and he hadn't fully come into his own as a pupusa-maker. casamiento torontoNow, Rodriguez works out of a full-fledged restaurant 10 times the size of the original, with an expanded menu and beers to boot. Aside from the quality of the dough, he says the ratio to filling and dough is of utmost importance. 

casamiento torontoThe basis of nearly everything is corn dough, tortillas, beans, and cheese. While white dough is more traditional, Casamiento's thick pupusas are made from yellow dough. 

casamiento torontoPork roasted with aromatics and blended with garlic and onions makes up the pupusa stuffed with pork revuelta ($5), served with salsa and a delicious curtido, or Salvadoran cabbage slaw. casamiento torontoBean and cheese is the staple duo that transcends all borders ($4.50). 

casamiento torontoLoroco, an edible flower native to El Salvador and other countries in Central America, used to be its own pupusa at the food court. But now it's only served on the side for an extra 50 cents. The flavour of this green, unopened flower bud is earthy and refreshing. 

casamiento torontoQuesadillas are two tortillas stuck together to form one larger base, with fillings like chorizo ($10.50), eggplant ($10), and chicken ($11). 

casamiento torontoThere are a handful of taco options including fried basa ($5.50) topped with salsa verde and purple cabbage. 

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Tanya Mok

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