I first heard about Tacofino from Gwendolyn who is a frequent visitor to Vancouver Island. The taco vendor was a huge draw in Tofino for two years. Lucky for me, there are now two Tacofino food trucks in Vancouver.
After an important work meeting downtown, I was feeling quite cosmopolitan in my new non-mom-dress (that means no wrinkles, and no baby food stains). I walked in the sunshine to Robson and Howe where the snazzy orange Tacofino truck was parked next to the Vancouver Art Gallery.
I got the basic fish taco ($4.50), but there’s nothing basic about it. It’s divine. I bit into the bright, fresh bundle and got bursts of hot, crunchy, tempura-battered ling cod with chipotle mayo, refreshing shredded cabbage, and salsa fresca.
I was quite impressed that the single grilled flour tortilla was strong enough to hold everything.
I also tried the special of the day ($6.50), a taco with B.C. spotted prawn and mango salsa. At first glance, it didn’t look much different from the fish taco. But my tastebuds could tell otherwise. The meaty, sweet prawn worked very well with the mango salsa, some coriander and a fresh lime wedge.
One taco is a decent size for a light lunch. I didn’t really need two tacos, but I wanted to try more than one kind.
Word to the wise, don’t bite into a taco over your lap. You will drop salsa over your new dress. But the dry cleaning bill was worth it.
Tacofino, orange taco truck usually parked at Howe and Robson 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., blue burrito truck generally at Granville and Broadway. Check Twitter or download Street Food App for latest locations.