(Excerpted from our Smorgasburg visit this week, added to the Guerilla thread.)
One of Southern California’s best Taco creators needs no introduction, but their rotating menu this week sounded too good to pass up, and it’s great that they’re at Smorgasburg on Sundays (besides their other roaming locations during the rest of the week).
Crab Tostada (Cilantro, Serrano Chile, Chile de Valle Salsa, Micro Wasabi, Avocado, Chile Morita, Santa Barbara Uni):
This was pretty tasty! Their Crab was mixed with a light Mayo dressing topped with Chile de Valle Salsa and the Micro Greens. The crunchy Tostada was a great textural contrast to the Crab and soft, bright, sweet Uni. There was a noticeable spicy kick (from the multiple Chilies), but the Avocado’s creaminess helped to keep things balanced.
Soft Shell Shrimp Taco (Baja Style, Cabbage Slaw, Chipotle Crema, Chile Japonese, Chile de Arbol, Cilantro, Lime, Cherry Tomato):
Chef Avila, taking a page from Cantonese Fried Shrimp (where the shell becomes so crunchy and brittle you can eat the whole Shrimp, shell and meat) serves up Soft Shell Shrimp, deep fried to a level where can you bite through the Shell and eat the whole thing!
It’s crunchy, and the Soft Shell Shrimp is meaty and tender. There’s a nice subtle brininess, but it’s all balanced out by the combination of Chilies used here. It was so delicious!
Pork Loin Taco (Chile Negro, Gooseberries, Micro Greens):
This one was a little bit of a disappointment: The Pork Loin didn’t taste that fresh, and was a little bit overcooked / dry. The Gooseberries also made it a bit too sweet for my tastes.
Chicken Taco (Roasted Tomato Chile, Sumac Onions, Guajillo Chile, Cherry Tomatoes):
But then we got to this simple-sounding “Chicken Taco,” which was a real stunner: The Stewed Chicken marinated in this Roasted Tomato Chile was delicate and tender, amazingly complex in flavor. This tasted like no other “Chicken Taco” I’ve had before!
It was so good!
The Sumac Onions and Micro Greens added just enough taste contrast to elevate it even more.
Check website for locations during the week (all around L.A.).