A Mexican taco spot on King West, could it be? It is a little odd to see and fathom actually but it’s actually a reality called Wilbur Mexicana. The decor can be summed up as a part sports bar, part Mexican(commercial-ish) restaurant. Other oddities include a soda fountain, (think”it-store”) hot sauce display, salsa bar and ultra small beer-only liquor menu. High ceilings are extenuated by natural light, flooding in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Toronto’s entertainment industry frequents this spot lending their carefree, youthful, airiness to amend the slightly cool interior.
Crunchy chips with guacamole are really nothing exciting, even the lightly-spiced carnival-tasting Questo Fresco sparks nothing memorable. Sweet street corn overwhelms with rich herbaceousness – the cheese hydrates the overcooked, wrinkle cob. Oh, and of course I have to try the original “Wilbur-Rito”. It’s a giant wrap filled with rice, beans , jack and cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream , pico de gallo plus juicy pork.
Chicken and shrimp fajitas are the perfect sharing platter. Who doesn’t love building those cute little wraps, filled with charred green and red pepper melted with cheese? Oh and how I do love those caramelized onions.
We ordered three different tacos, hoping to find a favorite. Unfortunately, nothing really tasted more than “good”. Beer battered Mahi Mahi (Baja Fish) is dry, even when drizzled with Chipotle crema, cabbage and Pico De Gallo. While I do love the firm dryness of Cotija topping the chicken Tinga, the ratio of guacamole to cheese is unbalance – thus under seasoned. Ending on a high(er) note; the grilled Bulgogi combined with crunchy cabbage and sweetly spiced sriracha crema, worked well with grainy pear and toasted sesame seeds.