Visiting MexiCados was a pleasantly surprising food experience. It’s advertised as a gourmet quick-service burrito and taco counter, and the restaurant serves up meat, veg, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and even halal options. It even has a bit of fusion flavour with an ‘Indo-guac” butter chicken sauce. There really is something for all palates, dietary restrictions be damned.

Chef Demitri has over two decades as a corporate chef, all of it leading up to his fourth restaurant launch and first in Brampton. A lot of the core menu items are made fresh in-house – his guacamole, mole sauce, grilled chicken, shrimp, carnitas, tomatillo, corn, rice, beans, pico de gallo, among others.

The menu includes burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, hard (corn) and soft (flour) shelled tacos and corn nachos. Toppings and filling options include fried shrimp, turkey carnitas, grilled chicken, steak, veggie sofrito and more.

Hard shell tacos

Somehow, we landed in MexiCados on their busiest day since opening – a Friday lunch. The line stretched to the door and tables were busy.

We had nachos loaded with a generous serving of the MexiCados cheese sauce and vegetarian toppings. The list of toppings is extensive, an easy way to happily customize and satisfy anything you’re ordering. Various proteins are available including chicken, steak, shrimp and more.

Fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa at various levels of spiciness, and hot sauce imported from Mexico are also up for grabs. It’s the type of spread you wish you could make yourself but are far too lazy to create and assemble.

Now, on to the tacos. They can be enjoyed in a soft or hard shell and we sampled them in various mashups — stuffed with fried shrimp, grilled chicken, and veggie sofrito, among other things.

In the fried shrimp taco, which was stuffed with corn, green onion, white bean, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and topped with cilantro made, the shrimp was the real MVP. It was well spiced and balanced well with the guac and sour cream.

The grilled chicken was stuffed with chicken (of course), mole sauce, rice, corn, beans sour cream and guac. Chef Dimitri is extremely proud of his grilled chicken, and for good reason, fresh off the grill it’s exceptional. The chicken is taken up a notch with the seven-ingredient mole — a stewing sauce commonly made with chili, unsweetened chocolate cinnamon, cumin, and in this version there are onions and other ingredients. The flavour somewhat mirrors an earthy, slightly caramelized, sweet and spicy onion.

For those looking for an alternative to meat, the veggie sofrito fits the bill. It’s shredded tofu marinated in adobo sauce — flavours are reminiscent of a sweet, but complex BBQ sauce. I enjoyed it with guac, sour cream, lettuce, cilantro, cheese corn and rice.

Soft shell tacos

All in all, the experience was pleasant and the food delicious, save for some overly fatty pieces of chicken, which were immediately taken care of by the chef.

It’s a great location. The service is fast, and MexiCados will soon be available on UberEats. It also carries Saint Jimmy’s Coffee, Jarritos and Mexican Coca-Cola.

MexiCados is located at 2565 Steeles Ave E, Unit 7, Brampton at Steeles Ave. and Torbram Rd.