Cuchillo Vancouver is a new new Latin-themed restaurant in the fringes of Gastown and Downtown Eastside, landmarked by a skull neon awning. Barely opened a month and there’s a crowd forming already and protesters outside, green with envy, for city revival and booming business. Oh, what credit does that give them. But I digress. Service is friendly, food is top shelf – perhaps this is what they call ‘high end’.
Inside exposed brick and wooden communal high top tables fill the center; skull themed tiles surround the kitchen and the smell of delectable warms the space.
Mojito: one damn fine drink with all the essential aesthetics.
White Sangria: Pears, pineapples, grapes, apples.
Ceviche – Mixto Traditionale: octopus tiradito, side stripe prawn, rockfish, mussels y calms, sweet potato puree. I felt like I was a at seaside market in Spain filled with colorful flavors.
Ceviche – Local Albacore Tuna Y Pipian Rojo: warm Peruvian double smoked bacon causa. Light delicate flavors highlighting the buttery tuna with bursts of bright smoked bacon. The potato stack at the bottom was unexpectedly distinctive with seasoning.
Taqueria – Mole Lamb: albondigas sardo parmesan browned garlic popcorn. We appreciated the gameyness from the lamb meatball which was only elevated with the toasted garlic. The use of the popcorn was clever and at times I almost thought it to be cracklin skin softed by sauce.
Taqueria – pulled duck y cracklin’ roasted garlic, blackberry habanero jam. The duck shallows in comparison to the lamb tacos. The flavors are subtle and not as pungent. The best would be to have the duck first followed by the lamb.
Pork Belly Confit: maple chipotle, tamarind glaze, chicaron, patacones, minced onion y jalapeno. Tender soft pork belly in a sweet-spicy sauce. The sweet yam patty is slightly crispy with stickiness. And contrasted with fried pork rinds. The sauce however was too overdressed, overpowering the natural flavor of the pork… Like arriving to a beach picnic in full prom attire.
There was only so much we could sample in one sitting. We must make a feast out of this sometime and try the other dishes. For now, I’ll have to just reminiscence and drool over the photos.
Cuisine: Modern Pan-Latin, Latin American, Mexican
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1