The Mile-End today hosted a new restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine; La Catrina (tacos & cocktails) . Following the opening of their first address in the Old Port in the spring of 2019, they understood the intensity of their success with tourists. On the other hand, the quartet behind the idea of the restaurant (Emiliano Gonzalez, Jacques Coutu, Charlotte Chevalier and Adrian Becerra) wanted to offer a similar experience for the locals of Montreal. “La Catrina in Old Montreal was always crowded with tourists in summer to the point where we often didn't have room to accommodate locals. Our goal with La Catrina Mile-End is to be able to better serve local customers and have more constant traffic all year round, ”explains Emiliano Gonzalez Camarena, owner.
It is therefore in this dining room of about thirty places which recalls the restaurants on the beach in Mexico that one can discover typical and modern dishes . In the open kitchen which allows customers to observe chef Jacques Coutu and his brigade (previously at La Champagnerie and La Queue de Cheval) at work, we can see them preparing authentic meals that the chef has learned to cook alongside Emiliano's mother with whom he spent more than a month in the kitchen to learn all the little secrets of Mexican recipes.
By adding his personal touch, Jacques offers us a typical menu at an affordable price that consists of several varieties of tacos, ceviche and dishes to share. Comforting dishes like chiles en nogada or warm corn salad make our mouths water. The menu even offers several special dishes each day depending on the chef's inspiration of the moment. The tacos therefore change with the seasons, and can be garnished with lobster, corn, octopus or even sea urchins depending on the arrival of local products for the week.
To make a drink menu to match the food, La Catrina asked renowned mixologist Lawrence Picard to sign the cocktail menu. It celebrates Mexican spirits and exotic Latin American fruits to make us fall in love with their flavors. Naked & Famous will satisfy lovers of bitter with its Mexcal Sombra, Aperol, Chartreuse and lime flavor, while those who prefer sweeter drinks will love the Sacrificio Maya made with cocoa, guanabana fruit and rum. chocolate. To have already tasted his cocktails, let us tell you that we are extremely excited at the idea of this collaboration since his work is always surprising and impeccable.
So you've found the new spot to eat authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm and relaxed atmosphere!
Mile-End: 5490 rue Saint-Laurent, Montreal
Old Port: 117 de la Commune Street West, Montreal