Even though the Liberty Belle Bistro’s website states that they are closed temporarily, we have discovered that their old Jefferson Ave location will soon host a new takeout-oriented restaurant that focuses on corn and the traditional Mexican dishes derived from it.
The new restaurant will be called “Maizal Quesadilla Cafe” and get this: Toronto’s current food trend, Tacos, won’t even be on the menu! What the menu will feature are simple Mexican standards including sopes (smaller-sized tortillas), tlacoyos (oval-shaped, thicker tortillas) and, of course, quesedillas, all of them filled or topped with such items as mushrooms, beans, chicken, poblano peppers or spinach. The plan is to have no dish cost over $10.
In addition to the food, the restaurant will showcase a rather large corn grinder, which uses volcanic stone in the Mexican tradition. It’s set up in the open so that patrons can see how the tortillas are made. Maizal uses a centuries-old process to make its tortillas, which involves soaking corn in an alkaline solution to remove the husk before grinding it (this makes the corn’s nutrients more accessible to the human body).
The 1,000 square foot space has a liquor licence and will have 18 seats inside, along with a 12-seat patio.
Maizal aims to open later this month.