Mexican done right: Chipotle y Jalapeño

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For eight years now, Chipotle y Jalapeno has been inviting diners to discover some of the lesser-known delicacies that Mexican cuisine has to offer. Beyond the well-known classics like burritos and fajitas, chef and owner Alejandro Tamariz enjoys serving dishes “like the kind we make at home”.

Tamariz has created a menu inspired by his home town, as well as three other regions of Mexico that each has a “rich cuisine”. We dropped by the restaurant for lunch during the week and treated ourselves to some of their weekly specials. We started with a delectable Tortilla soup, made with chicken and tomato stock, crunchy tortilla pieces, avocado, cheese and sour cream. A soup so rich, it should be paying your bills, but Tamariz portions the ingredients perfectly so that it is not too heavy.

In the evening, the cazuelas steal the show. Tacos are served in over 10 different variations (of meats and sauces), steam-cooked of course. All of the dishes are accompanied by rice, a purée of frijoles (black beans) and include a soup or salad, with prices varying from $17-$22. There is also a 2 for 1 special on margaritas and sangria from 5 to 7pm for happy hour…

The restaurant also serves the most important gay meal of the day, brunch, on Saturdays and Sundays. Keep in mind, Mexicans also eat eggs for breakfast (and they know their huevos). It’s a refreshing change from the standard fare. You can get the classic brunch with fruit salad, juice, coffee, accompanied by eggs, burri-eggs, savoury crêpes or other dishes.

During the day, you can stop by to enjoy a coffee, make use of their free WIFI and sample the pastelitos de maiz, a kind of cupcake made with corn, sugar, flour. You can also pick up some dried peppers, Mexican coffee or sumptuous molé sauces available at the grocery section of the first floor.

Chipotle & Jalapeño

1481 rue Amherst, Montréal
(514) 504-9015

 www.chipotleetjalapeno.com

 Lunch: Mon – Fri

Dinner: Wed – Sat

Brunch: Sat + Sun