Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos
The first time I heard of a fish taco was when Jason Segel took Paul Rudd out to eat them in I Love You Man. I thought to myself, “a. why has this thought never passed your mind, b. I’m going to the wrong restaurants, and c. you love fish and tacos so get off your ass and go find some.” Well that was a couple years ago, but I've got to say it was life-changing (to a certain degree).
I’ve been to my fair share of Taqueria joints in Toronto, but Seven Lives takes the cake for fish tacos. No one can deny how fresh all of their ingredients are. Each of their tacos are $5 apiece, but their portions are pretty generous. We all left feeling full after only two tacos. And as a messy eater who has broken far too many taco shells for her own liking, Seven Lives’ double shells kept all the goods inside with only half of the embarrassing mess.
Their window sign rightfully boasts that they are the “Home of the Gobernator”: a smoked tuna and grilled shrimp taco topped off with some blended cheese (what’s not to love?). But since I’m a sucker for fish 'n chips, their Baja fish was my absolute favourite. It’s perfectly battered and I must say, when I watched them fry the fish, I melted a bit inside. The fish itself didn’t have too much flavour, but it was light and crispy. The toppings really brought this to life, with a creamy coleslaw and some pico de gallo to finish.
For the sole purpose of this post (and not because I was eyeing them), I took a couple bites of my boyfriend’s tacos, the Blackened Mahi Mahi and Peppered Marlin. The Peppered Marlin was topped with a creamy avocado sauce along with pineapple chunks for a hint of sweetness. The Mahi Mahi has a flavourful dry rub with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo. And again, nothing but raving reviews. I’d especially go back for that Peppered Marlin.
The only caveat with Seven Lives is their small shop. It’s always crowded with lines stretching outside, and they have one table with seating for 6. You’re most likely going to have a 30 minute wait, but it IS worth it. Usually the best time to catch a meal from here is during a sunny day where you can head to Bellevue Square Park on Augusta and people-watch while enjoying your meal.
So make it the catch of your day, and “use your hands, we’re barbarians after all,” – I Love You Man.
Stay tuned for my review of Seven Live’s vegan ice cream shop, Paleteria.