Location: 689 Bloor Street West, Toronto
My one sentence summary of Tacos El Asador: tasty, but bland. I tried a couple of things, and they were both good, but neither really jumped out at me. Which is fine. Not everything can be a taste bonanza. Some things are just good.
It’s probably at least partially my fault. “Tacos” is right there in the name of the restaurant. I did not order a taco. I wanted to stick to El Salvadorian specialties, so I ordered a tamale and a papusa.
My dining companion, on the other hand, ordered a couple of tacos and thoroughly enjoyed his meal, so I think that’s the thing to get.
I started with a corn tamale (well, technically I ordered a chicken tamale, but they brought me a corn tamale. Things have to be pretty dire for me to complain at a restaurant, so I just ate what was in front of me).
It’s a good quality tamale, though flavour-wise there wasn’t much going on. It was basically just plain corn meal with pops of sweetness from the whole kernels of corn. The two hot sauces on the table helped to bring it some flavour, as did the little cup of sour cream that comes on the side.
I also tried the pork chicharron papusa, which was kind of like an arepa, but with meat baked right in. And again, it didn’t exactly explode with flavour, but the pork was nice and tender and the exterior was satisfyingly crispy. It also came with a little cup of hot sauce that suited it quite well.