La Capital Taco is comin' our way.
Pre-pandemic, you couldn’t walk into the joint without it being packed to the brim with an enthusiastic crowd. It was on many people's lists of places to visit, thanks to the raving reviews from fellow Montrealers. The great thing about this place is its non-formal, minimalist, brick-lined ambience. It removes any pressures from leaving the house for a fun night out. They’ve created a casual vibe, perfect grubbing. The hospitable staff clearly have a passion for providing great service. For the time being, they’re open for takeout, and delivery to boot (big W for us Mexican food lovers).
The maneki-neko, a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck, has had a special place within the restaurant since day 1 (as you can see here). When La Capital moved to boulevard Saint-Laurent, the owner of the building gave them a huge figurine to bring them luck. Since then, it’s been an integral piece of their identity. The maneki-neko depicts a cat, traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail, with a paw raised in a Japanese beckoning gesture- not exactly fitting for a Mexican taqueria. One day, a customer decided to put a Luchador mask on the cat's head, and thus the brand's unique image was born. Ever since, you can almost always count on the Lucha Libre maneki-neko making appearances within La Capital's imagery.
As you could probably expect from a place with such a cool vibe and history, their merch is a hot commodity. They recently partnered with Pony, a Montreal based artist, to release some epic tees just in time for summer. Ready for the greatest news ever? They’ve given us the exclusive honour of selling them to their loyal customers online. The shirts sport their famous lucha libre maneki-neko, so it’s sure to bring you luck wherever you wear it. You’ll never want to take it off. ( just don’t forget to wash it every now and then!)
Click here to shop the La Capital Tacos collection.