Salsa and Agave Mexican Grill in Yaletown

by Victoria on December 21, 2009

I’ve walked by Salsa & Agave in Yaletown probably a million times, but had never taken the time to check it out yet. It’s very small with only a few tables inside (probably seating under 16 people), but it does always seem to be full.  I decided to make an effort to venture this way since I’d been hearing about it randomly for the past few weeks, especially in terms of it being quite good.

So off I went and met up with a girlfriend for a quick lunch.  We got there just before noon hit, in anticipation that it would be too full during the mid-day rush, and we managed to snag the last table for two before others started to line up.

Right away, they brought complimentary chips and salsa to the table.  Regular green, yellow and purple tortilla chips – the salsa had a bit of spice to it, which was nice, but it was a bit smoother and runnier than I expected. I definitely prefer something with a bit more bulk to it when it comes to salsa.

The daily special sounded enticing to me, so I ordered it – the Burrito (I got beef) and Azteca Soup. It came with sour cream and some green tomatillo sauce, which I liked.  The soup was quite spicy, and it was great with the cheese, but I found there was a bit of an after taste that I wasn’t so fond of in the end.  While I was eating it I thought it was pretty good, but now I’m not sure that I would bother ordering it again – avocado in it was good though.  The burrito wasn’t bad, although the amount of refried beans was a bit much for me – definitely good if you’re a refried beans lover though! I may have to try something different next time.

The last things I tried were the Spicy Pork and Chicken Tacos.   I liked the Spicy Pork ones better, since they had a sweet kick to them from some cooked pineapple, which contrasted well to the spicy sauce.  You can either order them for $2.50 each, or 4 for $8.00 (plus, as you can see, you can order a variety of types) and it comes with cilantro, onions and a lime on the side.  I really liked the salsa that came with these – it was very rich and spicy in taste, and I couldn’t get enough of it! I was even taking the chips they provided at the beginning of the meal and just dipping them into it until there wasn’t any left.

I think that Salsa & Agave is great for a quick and tasty Mexican lunch – they also provided very friendly service in a small neighbourhood restaurant type of way, although  I wouldn’t venture out of my way to go there or anything (keep in mind I don’t usually have mad Mexican food cravings in general though). 

Let me know in the comments if there’s a specialty item I should try if I go there again, that will keep me coming back.

Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill
1223 Pacific Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R6

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Leah December 22, 2009 at 8:09 am

I really enjoyed the avocado in your soup and the chicken tacos. The really cool thing about the pork tacos was the pineapple in it. It mixed together well and had a great flavour!

Jeff December 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

We have a Mexican friend who swears by this place as the best authentic Mexican food in Vancouver. My wife and I love this place too. The service is awesome even when they are crowded. They are even great with our kids (who practise their Spanish).

You have to try the pico de gallo and their homemade guacamole.

Victoria December 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for the tip, Jeff! I’ll have to go back and try those out. 🙂 And yes, the service was definitely great!

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