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Agave Y Aguacate
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
Reviewed December 7, 2013

It is now open and it is now on Baldwin Street.
You might want to go before the line ups start again...
Francisco has created a beautiful functional space to highlight his incredulous creations.
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
And welcome back!

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1  Thank PeterBruceG
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

When I say "in one little place" I'm giving credit not just to Agave y Aguacate. The experience of Agave y Aguacate is inextricably linked to the other small food vendors that surround it, the Kensington Market enclave, and the multicultural vibrance of Toronto. A y A is tucked behind the Mexican bakery Pancho's, within a tiny food court where various carts sell Mexican, Venezuelan, Portuguese, and (I think) Brazilian specialties. The food court almost makes up for Toronto's dismal street food. (Current state of affairs: "EXCITING NEWS for Toronto! Food carts on the street can now sell pre-packaged nuts and seeds!!" Um. Ok. Yay?) Think of it this way: If you're ever feeling gloomy about Toronto's grey buildings or find yourself hit by a wave of transit rage (or pedestrian rage, or cycling rage), this little food court and A y A can singlehandedly remind you of why Toronto deserves your love.

If you love street food, love (or even just like) Mexican food, enjoy watching a chef prepare a dish with TLC, and also wouldn't mind paying 3x the price of a rat poop-infused hotdog for a quality meal, then you will have a thoroughly satisfying experience at the colourful Agave y Aguacate. (PS - Patience also recommended as it can be a long wait.)

There is a patio behind the food court. It's not very obvious but it is there, and you're absolutely going to need a sturdy surface to manage the heaps of guac/tinga/ceviche etc. on your tostada. You're not going to want to drop any of it. All the dishes are fresh and meticulously presented. The chef also pays a lot of attention to the cleanliness of his station.

Check it out asap as the throngs of tourists will soon hit. It's about to get a lot more publicity as Anthony Bourdain just did a taping at A y A in July 2012 and graced it with a Tweet and FB post: http://twitter.com/Bourdain/statuses/226060346287349761

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Thank carryont
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Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

I was beginning to think Torontonians were completely deprived of the pleasure of eating amazing Mexican food. Lucky for me my fiancé's uncles took me on a culinary adventure through the great city and this was our first stop. Chef Francisco is a true pro and his passion for food can be tasted in each bite. I had the chicken with red mole sauce and it was amazing. The chicken was cooked to juicy perfection and the red mole sauce made my taste buds pop. The smokey slightly nutty flavors combined with a mild heat had me wanting more.

If you are visiting this great city and pass by this little gem do yourself a favor and grab a snack. If you live in Toronto and haven't yet experienced Chef Francisco's flavors you need to get on that ASAP.

The portions are right for the price considering the quality you are getting. If you are a foodie like me and appreciate rich complex favors created by a true talent you will love this little joint.

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1  Thank Eating_San_Diego
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

We go to this place all the time and we love it. This is a must if you like Mexican food. You can see the chef Francisco making your food from scratch right in front of you. For the quality of the food that you get, the prices are very reasonable (Note: Francisco is a professional chef) and the food is better than any of the high end Mexican restaurants in Toronto.

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2  Thank ClauJaimesGrozelle
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

SUPERB!
Simple food cooked fresh full of flavour and taste. The location looks a little shabby, but that adds to the experience, and the actual stall seems to be clean and professionally kept. We tried four different dishes and they were all good but the ceviche needs a special mention, as it was sooooo tasty! A Kensington market gem.

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1  Thank Davidbignose!
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