Located along the Grand Canal in The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas is an authentic restaurant that serves Mexican soul food.
What’s Mexican Soul Food?
Cañonita fuses heritage with innovation by staying true to a menu of soulful, scratch-made Mexican recipes from sun-up to late-night. From flavour-packed street tacos cozied in hand-pressed tortillas to spicy sauces and house-made guacamole, every meal is a feast for the eyes and adventure for the taste buds. Executive Chef and Mexico City native Daniel Marquez lends his creativity to traditional dishes while also incorporating items inspired by his travels throughout his home country.
I am not expert (not fan) of Mexican, so I ordered only those with a asterix (Chef’s recommendations).
calamari, mahi mahi and shrimp in escabeche, red onions, capers, cherry peppers, avocado, micro greens
Chopped up calamari, mario maki and shrimp dressed with a tangy sauce, the raw fish was “cooked” in the acid. I never thought I would say this but I really enjoyed the ceviche, not so much the avocado.
Oven roasted mussels and shrimp
chorizo, tequila, smoked pasilla Oaxaca chile, grilled cilantro crostini
The oven roasted mussels and shrimp was served in a skillet a la tapas style except that this is America and the portions are bigger, way bigger. The taste was incredible and make sure to dip the crispy garlic bread into the decadent sauce.
Tacos three flavours
red onions, cilantro, lime, arbol-tomatillo salsa, housemade corn tortillas, chicken tinga, carne assada, pork carnitas
I had three which was more than enough since it came with a generous serving of rice and beans. The carne assada (roast beef) was tender, buttery and so flavourful, cooked exactly to order. The pork carnitas (pulled pork) and chicken tinga (stewed chicken) were kinda dry, although they were well spiced and complex tasting, would do with a dash more moisture. The corn tortillas tasted homemade. The chile de árbol salsa complemented the tacos perfectly. Everything was fresh and of high quality.
grilled skirt steak with caramelised onions and serrano peppers, served with poblano quesadilla, black beans, pico de gallo, crema
By the time this came, we were all so stuffed. The quintessential black beans finally made it’s appearance in today’s meal. The piece of skirt steak was totally drowned in the the pico de gallo sauce.
We were so stuffed that we have to skip dessert. BTW, the table had so much margaritas so we were all loaded without the need of additional sugar.
Service here was great. If I had to have Mexican again in Las Vegas, I would consider this place.
Cańonita Mexico City Soul Food (The Venetian)
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel : (702) 420-2561
Date Visited : May 2016