Our server for the evening was Dora, who was half owner and half of the kitchen team at El Rancho, along with her mother. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, and quickly took a liking to the Moo. We opted to take her suggestions and ordered a few appetizer platters so that we could sample a variety of items. She also took the liberty of altering the platters to ensure there was enough for one item per diner.
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The pupusa had a crispy yet soft corn tortilla slathered inside with fried beans and a nicely seasoned pork, which just enough cheese and a tomato sauce on the side that could be added to it to make it the perfect bite. The tamales when unwrapped consisted of soft, smooth corn, juicy chicken, and topped with the El Rancho salsa was just the right combination.
As we dined, Dora spoke of the differences of the dishes she served us, versus other south American equivalents we might have had before such as Mexican. She also recommended that if we were a big fan of the plantanitos, that the next time we went camping we should take a plantain with us that had riped to the point that it had a black skin. Stick it in the embers once the camp fire is out and let it sit for a while. Once it was cooked, remove it, crack it open and smother the inside with cheese or sour cream, and it would have a similar sweet, honey like taste to it, making it an almost savoury dessert.
Overall each dish was moolicious, and we left discussing when we would next visit El Rancho. A definitive hit and a place that I’m already plotting to return to.
El Rancho Spanish Restaurant
11810 87 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5B 0T1