Las San Sivar Toronto

Las San Sivar

Las San Sivar bills itself as a "pupuseria & restaurante" serving Spanish and Canadian food.

From what I can gather, San Sivar appears to be a nickname for El Salvador's capital city, San Salvador.

Las San Sivar Toronto

As such, a little taste of Latin America can be found here. There's a decent amount of seating complete with colourful tablecloths, and most of the cooking is done in a tiny open kitchen.

Las San Sivar Toronto

That includes pupusas, $3 across the board and available with a variety of basic fillings, but made from scratch to order in full view of diners so they're always hot and fresh.

Las San Sivar Toronto

They're essentially stuffed flatbreads, a flour mixture pounded out flat in one palm and then filled with pork, cheese and beans in various combinations.

Las San Sivar Toronto

The flatbread is then rolled around the filling before being smashed flat on the griddle so any cheese melts and fillings heat up, the exterior of the pupusa getting crispy and slightly charred.

Las San Sivar Toronto

The most traditional way to eat pupusas is with a tangy, thin tomato sauce and a "curtido" slaw that adds some extra crunch and freshness.

Las San Sivar Toronto

The pupusas here aren't as melty, stretchy and soft as some, but they certainly get the job done when it comes to providing the basic comforting elements of the dish.

Las San Sivar Toronto

To wash it all down, opt for a sticky, cream-soda-like Kolashanpan or other drinks for around a buck, or else go with something more old school like a tamarindo or horchata beverage ($2.)

Las San Sivar Toronto

Las San Sivar also does typical antojitos, soups, El Salvadoran breakfast and grilled mains.

Las San Sivar Toronto

Photos by

Fareen Karim


Las San Sivar

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