Foodology

Tacomio: New Restaurant in Gastown

M March 4, 2015 Gastown, lunch, Mexican, Two Beakers

tacomio-outer

Tacomio is a new taco place that opened up near Tinsel Town. The corner of Abbot and Hastings was marred by a run down hotel, but since then has been torn down and rebuilt as nice retail locations. There is a Frank Oak shop as well as a new coffee place opening up very soon.

tacomio-order

The Tacomio staff was very friendly, and for the first few days of launch, is giving away free guac and chips, as well as a Hibiscus Limeade with a purchase of a meal. The tacos are the small soft kinds aka, authentic one’s made even more popular by La Taqueria down the street. You get to choose any 4 tacos for $10

I chose the Chicharron (Pork Rinds), Carnitas (Confit Pork), Cochinita Pibil (Pork), and Tinga de Pollo (Chicken). They also had a nice number of salsa and sauce ranging from super mild 1, all the way to La Bomba 8.

tacomio-meal

The tacos themselves, were super bland in my opinion. Putting La Bomba on them helped a little bit, but the meats themselves were not flavourful at all. I was expecting a Meat and Bread type of Pork and rinds for the Chicharron, but instead, they were whole pork rinds that were soaked in marinade, creating a consistency of fat and slime. While I was waiting in line, I saw one of the employees dump shredded pork from a vacuum sealed bag, which was a foreshadowing of tastes to come.

The best part of the meal was the drink for sure. The most depressing part of the meal was that if they didn’t give the drink and chips away for free, my meal would have costed $17! Definitely did not feel my bang for my buck. With similar prices but more delicious tacos at 3 nearby locations La Taqueria, La Casita, and Tacofino Gastown, I find little draw to come here. Tacomio doesn’t seem to have any specific edge over their competition, nor does it stand up on its own.

We Rate Tacomio:

Address:
435 Abbott St
Vancouver, BC

Website:
http://www.tacomio.ca/

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  • LotusRapper

    Was the shredded pork being poured from the bag into the preparation area/vessel where it’s readily used to make the tacos ?

    • M

      yessir

  • Tacomio

    Dear Diana,

    Thank you for featuring us in your blog. We appreciate your feed back.

    We work very hard everyday to improve our customer’s experience.
    For the first few days of the restaurant’s opening we have been trying out different items to figure out what our customers are looking for and enjoy the most, and we will be making adjustments to our menu accordingly.

    Everyday we cook our food fresh by using both traditional and modern cooking methods, the plastic bag you mention on your blog comes from the widely popular Sous Vide technique, it allows us to cook the food evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside and it retains moisture.

    Please give us another chance and come again in a few days and sample the evolving flavours. Your next meal is on us.

    Gracias,
    Tacomio

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