When we heard that Cannibal Cafe was closing shop on Granville Street, we were a little bummed. We had grown to love the staff (and the onion rings) and had a bit of sentimental attachment to the venue, especially since our first ever food challenge took place at Cannibal Cafe (aka “The Beast“). However, we were pleasantly surprised with its new replacement: Masaladobo. Here’s why we are feeling the ‘amor’ for this cantina and take-away joint.
5 Fusion-food done right
One of the biggest trends of 2016 was fusion cuisine! (See our Trending Foods of 2017 vid) Mexican-Korean (TAKO), West Coast-Asian (Bao Down), pan-Asian (Torafuku) are just a few examples! Masaladobo successfully brings together Mexican and Indian flavours to create dishes that are bold, colourful, and tasty AF. A few of our favourites include the tacones – roti-taco handrolls – and the masaladobo bowl, smothered in a sofrito-coconut gravy we can’t get enough of.
4 Fun atmosphere
Step off the streets of Granville and into a cantina. That’s the feeling you get when you enter Masaladobo. Colour is king and there are bold pops of it everywhere, including the food. They’ve also managed to keep the original poster wall that was a big part of Cannibal Café. All in all, a lively, casual hangout where you can grab some take-out from the service counter during the day and unwind over a few tacones and margaritas after 2pm.
3 Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan friendly!
9/10 Vancouverites (we made that number up but it’s probably 99.9% accurate) have some kind of dairy or gluten sensitivity and 5/10 Vancouverites (some more numbers for you) prefer plant-based diets. If you fit into any of those categories, you’ll be pleased to find that practically every item on the menu can be customized to cater to your dietary needs!
2 Margaritas on TAP
Ya, you read right. MARGARITAS.ON.TAP. (We can thank the new liquor laws for that one.) $5 everyday from 2pm to close! They also offer a pretty sweet happy hour with 2 for 1 menu items and Coronita buckets for $14.
1 New restaurant, same great staff
When Cannibal Cafe changed to Masaladobo, the original management and staff remained and thankfully so. GM Jesse Lightner is the heartbeat of the establishment and along with his assistant manager Morgan Burt and the rest of his team, has a hands-on role in the restaurant from preparing the dishes to keeping the margs and good times flowing.
Monday — Wednesday 11:30am — 7:30pm
Thursday — Friday 11:30am — 8pm