La Mezcaleria launches new fall menu with seafood dishes playing a big part – Scout Magazine

The GOODS of La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, La Mezcaleria has launched a new dinner menu for fall. In particular, the trip motivated executive chef Mariana Gabilondo to add more seafood to menus at Gastown and Commercial Drive restaurants. The new recipes adhere to the same traditional techniques for which La Mezcaleria is known, with clams, oysters and fish now playing a starring role.

The new dinner menu offers even more fish and shellfish options, with rich plates that are sure to warm you up on cooler days, such as the Ostiones Gratinados a la Mexicana, a bubbling molcajete full of oysters prepared in a white wine cream sauce. Hearty plates are balanced by lighter dishes such as Tiradito de Pulpo, a tender octopus sashimi salad with ginger and coriander vinaigrette, avocado mousse, sun-dried cherry tomatoes and shavings of radish, served with crispy tostadas. A Risotto de Almejas, a creamy Manila clam risotto with white wine and Parmesan, is inspired by contemporary cuisine from northern Mexico. For those who can only settle for a plate of tacos, new to the range is the Pulpo al Ajillo, an octopus in garlic oil with pasilla pepper, topped with onions, avocado mousse and of cream on a flour tortilla.

A refreshing accompaniment to meals, La Mezcaleria’s cocktails are crafted with traditional Mexican flavors and quality agaves to craft complex drinks. A late-night Happy Hour is offered Tuesday through Sunday at La Mezcaleria Gastown from 9 p.m. until closing, featuring small plates and a selection of discounted cocktails. To see La Mezcaleria’s full food and cocktail menus, visit

68 E. Cordova Street / 1622 Commercial Drive / FULL MENU

Almejas al Ajillo y Vino Blanco
Steamed Manila Clams with Garlic, White Wine and Pasilla Butter

Mexican Ostiones Gratinados
Oysters in white wine cream with pico de gallo and melted cheese served hot in a molcajete

Tiradito de Pulpo
Thinly sliced ​​octopus sashimi salad with ginger-cilantro vinaigrette, avocado mousse, sun-dried cherry tomatoes and grated radish. Served with corn tostadas

Fillet of Pescado with Veracruzana
Pan-fried fresh cod sitting on a classic coulis of tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. Garnished with olives, capers and tomatoes
vera cruzana sauce

Almeja Risotto
Manila clams in a creamy white wine and parmesan risotto

Pulpo al Ajillo
Octopus in pasilla pepper garlic oil, with onions, avocado mousse and cream on a flour tortilla


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Phone: 604-559-8226

gastown | 68 E Cordoba St | Vancouver, BC | V6A 1K2

Monday: 5pm-11pm (The Drive only)
Tuesday: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Wednesday: 11am-11pm
Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-12pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm
Sunday: 9am-11pm

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The people


Owners: Marcelo Ramirez Romero & Ignacio Arrieta
Executive Chef: Mariana Gabilondo
Beverage Director: Ryley Zucca
General Manager, Commercial Drive: Tara Davies
General Manager, Gastown: Lauren Madsen

About La Mezcaleria


La Mezcaleria serves authentic Mexican cuisine in Gastown and on Commercial Drive. Dishes are inspired by different regions of Mexico and are prepared using traditional methods with fresh West Coast ingredients. In addition to an array of tacos, customers will find traditional staples such as tostadas, flautas, enseladas, and sharing plates with options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and carnivorous diets. The Mezcaleria also has one of the largest agave lists in Vancouver, with many rare tequilas and mezcals that can’t be found anywhere else in town. The innovative cocktail menu uses savory ingredients, such as coriander, serrano pepper and blue corn, as well as sweet and fruity flavors.

Brunch is served at both locations on Saturday and Sunday, and a daily Happy Hour offers discounted drinks and snacks.

Awards and honors

Gold, Best Latin American, 2017 | Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

“La Mezcaleria’s queso fundido and mezcal-based cocktails make what one judge describes as ‘the best Friday night on the Drive’” – Vancouver ReviewRestaurant Awards 2017

“If you’re craving some mouth-watering Mexican fare, check out one of La Mezcaleria’s two locations” – Tammy Kwan, The Strait of Georgia

“One of the best things to eat in town [is] the queso fundido at La Mezcaleria, a limitless pot of pure joy and melted cheese” – Nikki Bayley, Living in British Columbia

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