La Matraca is one of those nearby place that I visited very often. Whenever I’m hungry, I stop by and have some tacos. That’s the perfect quick-fix meal for me. My Mexican friends have recommended this place, and in fact, this is the most authentic Mexican restaurant I found in Montreal so far.
Ambience and Menu
La Matraca is not fancy at all and its menu is very straighfarward. All they offer are tacos, quesadillas and sandwiches, just like in any regular “taqueria” in Mexico. So, you won’t find any other side dishes or salads. And Matraca is really proud of staying true to the authentic way of serving tacos. They even have a sign explaining how to eat them with your hands. Mexican style!
Before you order your tacos, try one of the small appetizers they have. My favorites are the black beans with bacon soup and the melted cheese, or “queso fundido”, in Spanish.
The tacos are served on freshly made corn tortillas with super tasty marinated meats, topped with onions and cilantro. You choose your type of meat: Bisteck (Steak), Suadero (Beef ribs) or Al Pastor (Spicy Pork w/ Pineapple). You can add cheese, if you like. That’s it! Squeeze some lime on it and enjoy it with one of the three different spicy homemade salsas they have.
The sandwiches, or tortas, like the Mexicans call them, are huge and delicious too. Imagine a well-seasoned breaded and fried beef steak on fresh warm bun with cheese, filled with beans, butter, onions, tomatoes, avocado and jalepeno peppers. There is no way such a good combination can go wrong, isn’t it?
Price and Service
My only complaint about La Matraca is price, especially for the tacos. Food is obviously not as cheap as they are in Mexico. And considering the portion sizes, in fact, it’s a bit expensive. At least, everything is fresh and well prepared. So, it pays off.
Be aware that the service can be slow sometimes and some people may think that the staff doesn’t speak enough English or French. I didn’t really have any problems, but if that’s is the case, you should see it as part of the experience. Most of the customers at La Matraca are Mexican, and they don’t seem to be bothered.