When you’re trying to adhere to a lighter fare lifestyle, it can be challenging to find a restaurant choice that won’t leave you feeling gluttonous, nevermind-I’m-not-coming-out-tonight, full feeling. Tacos (when well-executed) can be a great option for a healthy meal that is equal parts fresh and equal parts satisfying.
Montreal is getting on the taco bandwagon in a serious way. Starting with Grumman 78 Tacos and now with the opening of Maïs in the upper Plateau, the city can now be added to any foodie’s taco map. Since it’s opening, news has spread about the wait time for a table at Maïs – but don’t let that deter you! I had a great time and the wait only enhanced the overall experience. Once we put our name and number on the list, we were able to cross the street over to Sparrow where we enjoyed a couple of drinks to help work up our appetites, the perfect way to start any evening!
Well worth the wait time, Maïs offers a great atmosphere. With its community style seating plan, its open kitchen concept, and fun staff, it provides the perfect amount of warmth and comfort with a traditional taco shack feel. The best part is that everything is made from scratch on order and you can taste the freshness with every bite. Again, we were warned by our server that this makes for a slight wait but once our appetizer and drinks were on the go we didn’t have a moment to check our watches before our delicious meal arrived.
My date and I started with the ceviche (the epitome of a fresh dish) followed by a series of tacos: fish tacos, squash and fresh cheese tacos, black bean tacos and they were all fantastic. The margaritas topped the experience; with the drink menu offers an extensive selection of cocktails and more importantly tequilas to choose from.
We left feeling entirely satisfied, ready to take on the night and the weekend of Nuit Blanche festivities. Definitely a great spot for a date night or a dinner among friends! I will be making a trip back very soon and I already know exactly what I want to order.