Rinconcito serves authentic Salvadorean home cooking.
The service was not bad, but they have possibly the world's slowest (talking literally and upstairs) waiter in town. The owner(?) is okay, but overall, maybe they need to go to "HK Tea Restaurant Boot Camp" and learn a few things about running a small restaurant efficiently.
Not quite hole-in-the-wall. It seems clean, it's okay, no complaints.
There's nothing surprising or amazing here for us. We ordered the Rinconcito Special, which was basically sliced, thin steak with peppers and onions (think beef fajita at some chain restaurant) sided with rice & beans and a bit of greenery. At $10, it was okay. The other main was, I guess, what is supposed to be a typical vegetarian Salvadorean dinner? (Cena Tipica?). Totally not worth it at $8 because it was essentially a small half cup of rice, more beans (which, to be honest, were quite good compared to what we've had at Mexican & Columbian restuarants), scrambled eggs (about 2 eggs worth), 1/8 avocado (which was surprisingly good considering I don't like avocado's) and a 1" cube of what tasted like less salty feta cheese.
The fried casava dish, at $5 I think, was much more interesting. Definitely worth the $5 and I would even say mildly addictive. That was probably the highlight for me.
We, of course, ordered a pupusa. We noticed most people ordered stacks of pupusa's and only pupusa's. These were pretty good, imagine a pizza pop made with elasticy flour with a corn taste (not sure if it was pure corn flour) and fried up. It was sort of like that. Actually what it really reminded us of was the "Chinese pancakes" found on the streets of Seoul, except with a savory filling instead of sweet. At $2.75 a pop, you can't really go wrong. (But I'll note the Korean aunties make these things a damn sight faster).
I'd say go for a try, since there isn't many Salvadorean restaurants in town, but don't expect to get blown away by something really different.
Pupusas are the speciality of this little hole in the wall restaurant on Commercial... A pupusa is like a mix between a soft taco and a small paratha... They are stuffed with queso (cheese), beans & cheese, pork or revuelto (a mix of cheese, pork and beans)... Three of these should fill just about any appetite... Have some cordito (Salvadorean-style sauerkraut) with the pupusa. The pupusas I had today were quite good... A little salsa picante and cordito sure enhanced the food... A good Dos Equis was a nice complement. I was seated quickly, which was understandable since there was only 1 other person in the restaurant. If you're looking for something a little different, this place is worth a try...
My boyfriend who is from El Salvador treated me to dinner here and it was amazing! I had never had pupusas before and now I cannot get enough of them. The service was great, the ladies were so friendly and the owner greeted us as we walked in. People complain about the wait time for their food but they need to realize the food is made from scratch and made to order! Especially the pupusas, they take a while to make. If you are looking for a yummy dessert, you HAVE to order the fried plantains, so delicious! I would highly recommend Rinconcitos and I will definitely be back again and again!
Think Twice. Read on if you dare.
My friends and I were walking down Commercial Drive when we spotted this place and decided to check it out. I was particularly enthused as I saw that they had pupusas. We waited in line for approximately half an hour and were eventually seated. The waitress, admittedly, was very nice.
We tried to order pupusas but they were out. No problem, we decided to order quesadillas instead. Out of those too. "No problem, we'll take tacos, a burrito and the 2 person steak and prawn dinner. To start, could we have some chips and salsa and a bowl of guacamole please?" The waitress brought us stale chips, watery salsa and guacamole that was literally a mushed avocado with no onion, tomato, lemon juice, salt i.e., no flavour at all other than pure, unadulterated avocado. She also brought us our drinks--not quite what we asked for but we weren't going to complain.
1 hour and 15 minutes later and the restaurant is nearly empty. Hungry, I get up and ask the owner if our food is coming. He looks confused and goes over and talks to the kitchen staff and then says, "one chimichanga, coming up." At this point I knew it was a farce since we didn't order a chimichanga and there were four of us. I said that it would be quite alright and that he could keep his chimichanga. I said that we were going to leave. He said, "just 15 minutes more, this isn't McDonald's". I said, "you forgot us didn't you?" To which he re-iterated that this wasn't McDonald's. Then he yelled at someone in the kitchen who produced a burrito in about 30 seconds. He demanded that we pay for it. I told him that he must be joking and he went on about McDonald's again at which point I said that this was the worst service I had ever had at any restaurant anywhere in Canada, the USA and Mexico and asked him if he felt he deserved a tip for his hard work. The guy then says "nothing is free, my friend".
In summation, the food that I consumed was terrible and while the waitress was at least nice (if utterly inept), the owner was the definition of greedy and smug by demanding we pay for food that we never received and telling us that this wasn't McDonald's after nearly an hour and a half of waiting in an almost empty restaurant.
The WORST ever restaurant experience of my life. I will never return. I would rather buy a plane ticket to El Salvador than go back to that place and spend one dollar. Food poisoning in a third world country is easier to get over than this man and his restaurant.
Went here 2 weeks ago after hearing about the great papoosas from a friend. Honestly, I didn't even know what a papoosa was, but the way it was described... sounded delicious.
The papoosas come in a few different variety's, but we tried the pork and cheese... DELICIOUS. They take a bit of time coming out because the kitchen apparently makes them fresh and only when ordered. They came out steaming hot with Salvadorian "coleslaw" and hot sauce... I have been craving these papoosas ever since and can't wait to go back!
Also, ordered a Salvadorian beef steak, which was okay in taste... probably wouldn't order that again, especially for $12-13.
Don't go here for the atmosphere or for a fine dining experience, but definitely go again & again for the almighty papoosas!!!!
This little el salvadorean restaurant could very easily be missed if you didn't walk by at night and see the tables filled. It's a small little family run restaurant that serves, what I've been told, authentic el salvadorean fare.
The food is very fresh and light. Compared to mexican food, this seems much healthier but is still very tasty and satisfying. My husband loves the pupusas which are cheesy flour pockets that are filled with various fillings. It's quite unique and definitely worth a try.
Rinconcito Salvadorean is not a fine dining experience. Expect a diner experience with slow service and plastic plates. Go for the food, not the service.
Restaurant ambience is as expected of a small family run restaurant. Fake palm trees, bright lighting, bamboo trim, plastic table cloth. Yes, kitchy but approachable. Overall a good restaurant to get good casual south american food.
We been there arbout 4 times
The food is good and yes even when there is a few clients the service is slow :40 to :80 mins wait
The pickle I have is that evetime they bring the change they dont give you small change so you endup leaving the $5 dlls bill (or $10) if thats the lowest you have
They aim for you to leave 20% + tip even if you are not happy
And they made a $12 dlls mistake in a $48 dlls bill
Last time we visit we walked out leaving .25c becouse I already knew
Food is good, service, bad and watch your money
Dreadful experience. Tacky 'ambience'. Snooty, indifferent owner. Ghastly and tepid (and very limited vegetarian fare) food that took faaar to long to arrive. This is the third and last time we give this horrid little dump a go. Why this would be so popular is odd. The service has never been good. Twice out of three times what we wanted from the menu was not available. The owner seems to have the attitude that he's doing us a big favour by taking our money and serving up basically canned warmed over food and limp salads. Yikes
Food I believe is the closest that you can get for Salvadorean food in Canada or Vancouver, Service need to be more efficient as well friendly. The food price need to be a little it more competitive in terms of comparison with other latin american restaurants. over all I thinks this is a place were you can go and dine in once every 2 month if you don't mind to wait for a long period of time as this is a traditional salvadorean food as their owner are with their service.
Rinconcito puts love in their food, and it shows.
The restaurant had dropped off our radar for some reason, but my partner and I dined there again last night, and it was a great experience. She was happy with her deep-fried fish (a whole tilipia, fried in fresh oil, no fishy taste). I had the tasty shrimp rancheros (sauted shrimp, peppers & onions in a spicey tomato sauce). We started with the tortilla soup - good clean broth, fresh chicken, and avocados. Nice that they make their own tortillas, too. The sides were freshly made rice, red beans, and a little salad. Finished off with a flan, also tasty.
If you're looking for quality, well-made (and freshly-made) food, this place won't disappoint.
Rinconcito has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. Its simple. The food is fresh and always tasty. My recommendations are the steak tacos, pupusas, enchiladas, served of course with chips, salsa and guacamole. Hands down the best steak tacos in town, including all those new mexican restaurants popping up in the downtown eastside. ( mexico rico is the best of those) anyways, this is a restaurant you will always find yourself craving once you've tried it, and is a family run operation with warm, friendly owners who definitely deserve a try.
This place is always busy but I don't get it. I've eaten here three times over the last couple years, and I've never enjoyed it (and it's not the type of food - I've enjoyed Central American cuisine elsewhere).
The papusas are the only item I would eat again. The deep fried whole fish, the rice and beans are all bland. The service was verging on rude, very inattentive, and I did not feel welcome at all.
I live in the neighborhood but won't be back.
This a great authentic family run restaurant. Having walked by several times and noticing it was always busy, we decided to try it out. We had not tried this cusine before and we asked the table next to us what to try. They recommended the pupusas, a corn flour based flattened pancake (kinda) filled with meat, beans, cheese a a mixture of all. It was made by hand by the wife of the owner and were made to order. When they arrived - we were not sure what to expect. Wow, what a great discovery! It was comfort food at it's best. It arrived hot off the grill (careful, we meant hot) and was oozing with cheese, a mixture of beans and shredded pork. Hey, it doesn't sounds as good as it tastes. It's better. It comes with a salvadorean coleslaw, it's has more vinegar and heat, and with a tomato dipping sauce. All for $2.50. Yes, you heard it right. Only $2.50 per pupusa, a great deal for a handmade authentic food. I can usually eat two and if I want to feel stuffed to the gills, three. I am now a faithful regular. I have also tried their sopa de tortilla, beef tacos and their fresh mango juices. All superior. The ambience is a little too...lacking but the food and the price make it up. Be prepared during busy times to wait for a pupusa, as they are all handmade, when it's busy you can sometimes wait for 20 minutes or so but they usually will forewarn you. The father and son run the service and I've always found them to be polite and fairly quick. I think because it is family owned, they take pride in the place, it's always very clean (if simple). I have taken quite a few friends now and they all were conservative on the cuisine but all ended up very pleasantly surprised. This is not a dressy place, just a place to go with friends to have a great meal for an excellent price.