Mind-blowing Mexican food in Montreal doesn’t exist. Hell, we barely have decent Mexican restaurants. Instead of dwelling on why, I hope for when. When I heard of M4 Burritos' arrival, I thought maybe, just maybe, this could be the one to turn things around.
Upon entry, there’s a promising smell that’ll get you to rush to the counter, eager to see what’s going on. There you'll see that M4 stands for Mission 4, the mission being to create your own meal in four steps.
Before I go any further, M4 Burritos is definitely not authentic Mexican, but it doesn’t claim to be. It’s actually inspired by the burrito born in San Francisco’s Mission district, so how does the burrito hold up?
For $7.95, my customized burrito featured plain rice, black beans, barbacoa (braised beef), pico de gallo, salsa verde, cheese and sour cream rolled in a soft tortilla. I was optimistic as I watched the ingredients pile high, but my hopes came crashing down the moment I took that first bite. That’s it? How…boring. It had so much rice, it was like I was eating a rice burrito. While the meat was fatty and tender, it was too subtle in flavor to take command. The addition of salsas, cream and cheese couldn’t even salvage it. Look, it wasn’t terrible, but I left unsatisfied, convinced I shouldn’t look back.
The ingredients are fresh and portions are big – I’ll give them that. But my experience at M4 Burritos was a total flop. I can’t remember the last time I was this disappointed, not just with Mexican food, but eating out in general. This place only aggravates Montreal’s embarrassingly poor rep for Mexican food. Ouch.
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