A friend recommended that we check out El Pulgarcito, a Salvadorean restaurant. Never heard of it before but it’s a few doors down from Laksa King.
Interesting that it’s Mexican and Salvadorean food.
We dropped in on a Tuesday (around 1:15pm). A bunch of people grabbed takeout. The inside is small and decor is simple but there’s about 7 tables and a couple seats by the window to people watch. There’s a large menu with pictures when you first walk in.
There’s also a few dessert and drinks.
The regular menu is up on the counter and consists of breakfast, salad, lunch and dinner options.
Click here to see the menu (1 and 2).
There’s also a small section with spices, sauces and grains.
Can’t forget about the cheese and tortillas too.
This was slightly different than the usual Mexican horchata.
A little creamier, slightly reminiscent of chocolate but you still get the cinnamon taste.
Tamale chicken (#16) ($6.00)
Expensive for a tamale but our friend said it was her favourite. Good but we’re used to tamales in the $3.00 to 4.00 price range.
Enchiladas (#21) ($10.00 regular)
We opted for pork enchiladas over a red sauce. Lame that they charge an extra $1.00 if you want the sauce spicy, green or mole. It came with a side of rice, beans, salad and sauce.
Rice and salad were standard fare. Beans had a pleasant texture but were so, so salty on its own. Enchiladas themselves were solid. Pork was tender and the red sauce hit the spot.
Tacos (#19) ($10.00 for 3)
We went with the fish tacos which are topped with a pico di gallo mixture. The fish was excellently pan fried but over salted. Such a bummer.
The salt seemed to be a running theme in all our dishes.
The sauce was delicious and homemade. Wish we could have got more.
Decent Salvadorean spot but too salty for my liking. I’ll wait for the Salvadorean church pop up to get my fix next time.
2522 E Hastings Street