Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Yet Quality Restaurant in Vancouver?

Affordable Restaurants in Vancouver BC

Yes. Oops, did we spoil the surprise? But let’s not confuse the word affordable here. When locals and visitors want value, they also want quality. However, finding a union between “budget-friendly” and “fine dining” isn’t easy, especially in VanCity.

When we started Salsa & Agave, our mission was to provide the Greater Vancouver masses with authentic Mexican cuisine, using fresh locally sourced ingredients without sacrificing quality for cost. We also wanted to be conveniently located so that both locals and visitors had access to our offering, and in a location that encouraged social engagement with the community. Yaletown on Pacific BLVD made perfect sense, but as you know does not come without expense.

So there we were. An authentic menu with the finest ingredients and a prime location that blended perfectly with the patio culture of downtown Vancouver. Perfect scenario, right? In a way, yes. However, in order to truly make our food and dining experience accessible to the city, we had to offer it all at a price that hardworking Vancouverites and travelers could afford.

Most restauranteurs would tell you that you can’t have all three – fine food, prime location, and an affordable menu. We’re glad we didn’t listen to them. Instead, we bucked the trend that Yaletown would have you think is the norm and committed to offering our guests the whole enchilada (pun fully intended). That’s why when people review our establishment, they quote the trifecta of great food in a great location at an amazing value.

Below, we give you a sneak peak into some of the dishes that draw crowds to Salsa and Agave, while leaving room in their wallets for whatever else their hearts desire.

5 Dishes that Prove You Can Find Affordable High-Quality Dining in Downtown Vancouver

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Yaletown Vancouver Restaurant Reviews – Salsa & Agave Receives Top Honors

Yaletown Restaurant Reviews

There is no industry that depends upon reviews quite like that of the restaurant business. And honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way. This online behavior keeps the industry honest, and encourages everyone to up their game when it comes to cuisine and service alike. Not all do, mind you. But the public weeds them out quickly. For those that do, well, the public and media is quick to dole out the accolades too.

While we are humbled every time that we are recognized for all of our efforts,  we hesitate to share these reviews. We never want to come off as being braggadocios in any way. However, we have come to realize that not only is it great for our staff to receive feedback on all of their hard work, it also serves future patrons. You too are hard working, and should be provided with as much information as possible to help you make an educated choice about where to spend your hard earned leisure. That’s why today we are taking the opportunity to share some curated reviews for our Yaletown Vancouver restaurant. If it leads just one of you to join our family of regular guests, then it will have been worth it.

Rave Reviews (Past and Present) for Our Yaletown Vancouver Restaurant & Bar

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Best Patio Drinks in Vancouver – Sunny Day Spirits in Yaletown

Best Patio Drinks Vancouver

Spring may have officially arrived exactly one month ago, but it sure hasn’t looked like it over the past few weeks. That’s why we wrote this article regarding the best rainy day escape in Vancouver. But the sun is beginning to shine and the weather is getting warmer. Vancouverites know what that means – patio time! But fresh air, people watching, and even great dining aside, we all know that the biggest draw for patio culture in YVR is one that pours. That’s right. Drinks, spirits, libations, and whatever else you choose to call them are the reason you’ll find dining lanais so packed during the first sign of Vitamin D. And as the restaurant with best street comedor in Downtown Vancouver, we owe it to you to put together a can’t miss list of drinks to plan around our next balmy forecast.

5 Must-Have Patio Drinks to Enjoy at Our Downtown Vancouver Eatery

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Your Rainy Day (Escape) Restaurant in Downtown Vancouver

Rainy Day Restaurant Vancouver

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you have come across this article. Chances are, you’re looking for solace from the rain. It is Vancouver BC after all. While its persistence is to thank for the lush green scenery that we find at nearly every turn, it does have us spending more time indoors than we may prefer. So why not make the best of it?

The climate is a big part of what has made the dining scene so big in the city. It provides the escape we need when precipitation weighs on heavy on our souls. With so many restaurants to choose from, how are you to know which will best serve this need to getaway from those rainy days? Look no further than our Yaletown hotspot. Let’s find out why.

5 Reasons Why Salsa & Agave is the Ultimate Eatery for Escaping Another Rainy Day in Downtown Vancouver

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Tres Cervezas, Por Favor

Tres Cervezas Por Favor

A few key words come to mind when people consider Mexican food and drink. Nachos, tacos, and tequila are among them. But near the top of this list are cervezas. It may be the Spanish word for beer but Canada (Vancouver included) has adopted the non-translated semantic origin. When you want a cerveza, you want a cerveza. No other beer will do. Our bar menu knows this, and thus we have curated a list to satisfy this craving. Today, we feature three tried-and-true varieties that provide a nice change to the hit-or-miss (we only carry the hits) craft beer gamble far too many local connoisseurs fall victim too.

3 Mexican Beers to Try the Next Time You’re in Yaletown

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Love Avocado? Here Are 3 Must Try Avocado Dishes in Vancouver

Avocado Vancouver

Avocado is one of the healthiest fruits (not a vegetable) around. Known for being high in healthy fats (monounsaturated fatty acids), this tasty and creamy green vessel is also ripe with Vitamin B, C, E, K, folate, and fiber. It is even higher in potassium than a banana.  Avocados are good for the heart, eyes, joints, and all-around health. That’s why it is a key ingredient in this list of healthy meals in Yaletown Vancouver. But let’s get one thing straight. For all of the tremendous health benefits of adding avocado to your diet, one of the biggest selling points is that it simply tastes GREAT! That’s why VanCity diners (and visitors) are on the hunt for a restaurant that serves dishes where avocado is an important ingredient. And so, you’ve come to the right place.

Three Salsa & Agave Dishes that Fans of the Avocado will Love

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Vancouver – Go Mexican in Yaletown this February

Mexican Valentines Day Dinner in Yaletown Vancouver BC

Valentine’s Day is almost here and with it coinciding with BC’s Family Day we have a long weekend of love ahead of us all. But even if you happen to find this article when the affair has passed, Salsa & Agave asks you to celebrate el amor all month long. That’s why we have decided to extend our Valentine’s Day feast throughout all 28 days of February.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at why you and your loved one/s should come on down to Yaletown in downtown Vancouver for a feast fit for Cupid himself.

5 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Valentine’s Day (all month long) at Our Mexican Restaurant

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What to Look for When You Want a Good Sangria in Downtown Vancouver

Good Sangria Vancouver

Sangria. This cocktail is unlike any other. When you’re craving one, nothing else will do. That’s the reason you Googled it, and came across this article, right? The name alone incites pop-culture reference, with The Voice star and country music sensation Blake Shelton releasing his #1 hit single “Sangria” two years ago.

Sangria has grown in popularity in Greater Vancouver, as the Spanish influence in cuisine has spread to the spirits and beverage scene as well. Some have mistaken it as being Italian in origin. Others claim it to have originated in Greece. However, while there is some mystery, the drink has definitive Spanish and Portuguese influence, with Spain coming as close as possible to birthing what is known to be a “real sangria”.

It traditionally (as far as one can trace) consists of wine, chopped/diced fruit, a sweetener, and a hint of brandy. The chopped/diced fruit is often a blend of orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, and grape, although in tropical arenas pineapple and mango also make an appearance.

Spanish influence is often found in Mexican cuisine (and beverages), which is why it is not uncommon (if not expected) to find sangria at the top of many Mexican restaurant cocktail menus. But as with many cross-cultural foods and beverages, Mexican influence must be exerted. When it comes to the sangria, we like to think we most certainly improved upon an already beautiful libation.

Mexican sangria is quite similar to the fruit and wine of Spanish sangria, but it has a higher alcohol content. We like a little extra kick, because you do too! The higher alcohol content isn’t just about giving you extra bang for your peso. There is a culinary science behind it. The added alcohol content makes it a perfect pairing with spicy food, like the kind you will find in an authentic Mexican restaurant. Try a glass with our Chorizo Tacos or Pastor Burrito and you’ll see what we mean.

Of course, there is more to it than more alcohol. To keep things bubbly, we add soda to the mix, which balances the taste exquisitely, making it even more delightful as you sip, swirl, swallow. Salsa & Agave bartenders are not content to stop there. No indeed. We make it a more spirited occasion, by using white wine, which perfectly complements the soda water. The whole experience is lightened and heightened, delivering one of the best sangrias in downtown Vancouver, if not the entire Lower Mainland.

Come taste for yourself, and ask your server which dish you should pair your sangria with, depending on what you’re in the mood for on any given day, or night.

We look forward to seeing you!


A Healthy Restaurant in Yaletown to Help You Stick to Your New Year Plan

Healthy Mexican Food Yaletown

Yaletown is a bit of a juxtaposition. On one side, it has one of the most fit populations in Vancouver. There are boutique gyms, spinning classes, and fitness and yoga studios on every corner. On the other side of the coin, you have restaurant after restaurant and cafe after cafe, all of them tempting your tastebuds.

When it comes to sticking to your new year resolutions to eat healthier, it can be a challenge in this neck of the woods. That being said, you don’t want to deny yourself a day and/or night out in Yaletown. Dining out is a massive part of the social culture here in the city.

Salsa & Agave knows all of the above. That is why our kitchen has prepared a menu that provides the atmosphere and delectable menu you’re looking for, while offering a selection of healthy Mexican dishes that won’t break your new year resolve.

Great Mexican Food in Yaletown Vancouver that Won’t Make You Feel Guilty About Cheating on Your Diet

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Must Try Desserts in Vancouver – Right Here at Salsa & Agave

Vancouver BC is no stranger to the ever-expanding dessert scene. And while there are many sweet-tooth-centric cafes and cake/crepe/pastry joints popping up all over downtown, Yaletown included, dessert is most appreciated after a good meal.

Because of this, restaurants in Vancouver should not be overlooked when it comes to “must try” desserts. A dessert finds its place on a menu because of the way it fits with the drinks and entrees, and even the service and decor. Simply put, dessert is part of the entire culinary symphony and should be enjoyed in the right setting. Among these preferred settings (for downtown Vancouver), is Salsa & Agave. Our kitchen has worked tirelessly to deliver a quaint yet oh-so-rich dessert menu that you most certainly…must try.

Three Desserts to Taste When in Downtown Vancouver

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