The queen of King West is definitely Elia Herrera. She is truly a talented, strong and independent woman, who can literally do it all! Not only has she done pastry consulting for restaurants all around Toronto like Canoe and Sassafraz, but she is also running two kitchens (Los Colibris and El Caballito). She brings her delicious family recipes from Vera Cruz, Mexico which have been passed down for generations to the streets of Toronto with an an upscale twist.
I paid a visit to Los Colibris last week and was very pleased to see what a sweet and humble person Elia truly is. She dropped by my table and was a delight to speak to.
I would highly recommend this place for private functions. The public dining portion is at the end near the kitchen, there are tables/booths and it is divided into two sections which would be great for large private parties. The lights are dim, the chatter at a comfortable level and the dishes are meant to be shared which makes any occasion feel more friendly and warm. This restaurant is suitable for families, dates, friends or literally any occasion or function.
The staff were also great, the general manager (Marissa) cares deeply for the restaurant and ensured that my experience would be absolutely impeccable. The server knew exactly what he was talking about, described everything eloquently and also didn’t make fun of me while I mispronounced the names of most of the dishes.
I started off with the Guac and chips, the Guac was topped with pomegranates which is something I have never seen a combination of. It gives a refreshing burst in each bite.
We went with the handmade Empanadas, the pulled chicken filling was marinated exquisitely. My only critique was that the plate was covered in lettuce and the star of the show was hidden.
The next dish was my favourite! The Rajas Poblanas (chicken, corn, poblano, panela cheese, handmade our or corn tortilla). I have never had better handmade tortillas before! I can literally eat this dish everyday and never get tired of it! The chicken comes in a separate platter and make your own little tacos. If you love creamy dishes, this is for you!
Elia also came over to my table to serve the Chipotle Arrachera Con Frijoles Chipotle (marinated at iron steak, pico de gallo, refried black beans, handmade corn tortillas) and Guarache De Pulpo En Su Tinta (octopus on a thick corn tortilla with basil jalapeño oil, squid ink, and habanero mayo).
Steak (top) $26.00 & Octopus (bottom) $17.00
The steak was sitting on chipotle and black bean purée, cooked to be juicy and tender. The octopus was very soft, but a little spicy for me (I could taste the habanero mayo)! This was a very unique dish, nothing I have ever tried at any Mexican restaurant. The cilantro and mint on top were an amazing compliment to the other strong flavors in this dish. I also had the pleasure of tasting some homemade cookies and ice cream.
Overall my experience was 5-stars and if I had more room I would of gotten the churro ice cream sandwich (next time!) I was so stuffed and was treated like a princess. Elia, thank you for this amazing experience and to all my fellow Toronto foodies come hungry!