La Casita – VANEATS.ca ‘LA CASITA BOTANAS’ Preview

VANEATS.ca’s dining packages have been pretty diverse so far in terms of cuisine selection. So what’s their latest installment? Mexican! We were pretty excited when the guys asked if we wanted to preview their new pass, since we love Mexican food. Specifically the flavour combinations of avocado, cilantro, lime, tomato, jalapeño — If I was stranded on tropical island and I was forced to eat was guacamole and fresh salsa everyday, I would be in heaven. Seriously. Like take me there now. Unfortunately, there are few excellent Mexican restaurants in Vancouver. So we took VANEATS.ca up on their offer and made our way to Gastown to see what La Casita’s all about.

Located on the corner of West Cordova Street and Abbott, La Casita has been serving up Mexican food to hungry Vancouverites since 1993. Comfortable and casual with colourful piñatas hanging from the ceiling, this cantina is a fun place to get your eat on! Never been to La Casita before? Well, now’s your chance to check it out without breaking the bank. The VANEATS.ca and La Casita dining package collaboration showcases some of the restaurant’s popular offerings. Titled “LA CASITA BOTANAS”, the pass consists of a five item sharing platter enough for two people to enjoy. Here’s what the tasty plate includes:

1. Chipotle Prawns

2. Chicken Wings

3. Quesadillas

4. Cabbage Salad

5. Super Nachos

 

We ordered a couple of drinks to start including a delicious blended – nice and strong – lime margarita and Mexico’s famous Jarritos soda in a sweet guava flavour.

Two different varieties of salsa and a generous portion fresh tortilla chips were served to us as an appetizer.

After devouring the chips and salsa, the next item we conquered was the platter’s Chipotle Prawns – grilled in butter, garlic, & La Casita’s special chipotle sauce. Tails off for easy eating, they were spicy, with a great smoky depth of flavour. These tasty prawns were our favourite dish out of the entire platter.

Chicken Wings, served with mole sauce on a bed of rice. If you’ve never had traditional Mexican mole before, it’s a sweet, savoury, and smoky chocolate sauce with a hint of spicy heat from the peppers. It can be an acquired taste, but this one was rather authentic.

Quesadillas with house made tortillas, created with an authentic hand-press tortilla maker! If you check out VANEATS.ca’s video below, you can watch them being made. These were very thick and hearty quesadillas, loaded with Mexican chorizo sausage and oozing melted cheese.

Cabbage Salad consisted of shredded cabbage, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper, and served with sliced, ripe avocado. Fresh and crisp, this salad was a great accompaniment to the heavier items on the platter.

Super Nachos with beef & bean salsa, cheese & veggies on fresh corn tortilla chips. Straight from the hot deep frier, these chips were super crunchy and loaded with toppings. We enjoyed the fresh salsa on top. This platter is actually a lot of food that will easily satisfy two people.

LA CASITA BOTANAS dining passes are available starting TODAY, March 21st until May 21 for $18.

VANEATS.ca will be releasing the passes in limited quantities so get yours before they’re sold out. Click here to get yours now!

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Gary and Taya Ng are the Founders of Eating In Vancouver & the World. This husband and wife team search for the best dining experiences - including restaurant launches, new menu tastings and culinary events. Learn more about the couple here and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

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