What You'll Get
Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $12, you get $30 worth of tapas, wine, and more at Mis Trucos, located in the Davie Street shopping district.
Mis Trucos maximizes flavour with minimal portions, serving up Mediterranean tapas and small plates made from fresh, quality ingredients. Chef Kris Barnholden harnesses classic French, Spanish, and Italian influences for his culinary creations, adding a modern spin to traditional tastes. Highlights of the tapas menu include crispy bread-wrapped wild gulf prawns and alioli ($2.50 each) and flatbread topped with chorizo and anchovy ($4 each). Main dishes include a lamb ragu and gnocchi ($18) and the restaurant's most popular dish—the white-truffle and lobster risotto ($16)—which is said to possess the power to realign planetary orbits in a single spoonful. Mis Trucos' selection of wine and craft cocktails has the ability for similar super-satisfaction—a pitcher of the house sangria ($15) refreshes the body like a summer sun shower with the ability to get you tipsy.
Mis Trucos, Spanish for "my tricks," keeps its décor intimate and simple, with soft whites and grays illuminated by dangling light bulbs and natural light streaming through large windows. Make reservations for Mis Trucos and an evening of big-flavoured small bites.
Mis Trucos has already been drawing raves from the likes of the Vancouver Sun, Urban Diner, and the Metro Vancouver, which named it the #2 Best New Restaurant of 2009. Seventy-nine per cent of Urbanspooners like it, and Yelpers give it four stars.
- This quaint restaurant with 60 seats inside and a brilliant private 30 seat patio out back, is a labour of love of Kris Barnholden, a former sous-chef of Parkside (now L’Altro Buca) who is running his own kitchen for the first time, while the front of house is confidently managed by Eryn Dorman (formerly of Fuel). – paulkamon, Urban Diner
- The room speaks of warmer climes as well, with its bright windows, white palette, and light wood tabletops. All wines are available by the glass, and $8 cocktails like the cohombro o pepino or sangria go down much too easily. – Anya Levykh, Metro Vancouver
- A dish I’d eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack is the piperade with Serrano ham and slow-cooked egg. A snowdrift of a grated Picorino cheese capped the egg, which was poached sous vide. Break the orange yolk and it goes to work as an earthy sauce. – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 2, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Tax & gratuity not included. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.