I had dinner at Mi Tierra, a Colombian Restaurant on St Clair West (between Bathurst and Oakwood) last night.
One of my favourite kinds of restaurants, this is the sort of place that serves what amounts to ethnic home cooking. Service rapidly switched to English when they correctly pegged me as non-Spanish speaking. The waitress was quite accommodating as I waited for my very late dinner date.
We started with arepas - a grilled corn cake served up with a choice of fillings. My friend initially ordered his with avocado, and the waitress noted that he would have avocado on his entree. He noted that he was a vegetarian, and she offered him an option to have cheese, something not on the menu, with his. Mine came with sausage, a really excellent, coarse sausage, with a lovely flavour. Seemed to have something akin to curry powder in it.
Following a personal rule that one should always order the menu item that includes religious declarations, I ordered the Typical Dish. It came with a small steak (completely overcooked based on my requested medium rare, yet still surprisingly moist), a huge slab of some truly excellent bacon, fried plantains (I do love those), beans, rice and a fried egg. The beans were a bit pasty, though apparently that's how they're served in Colombia, according to my friend. The rice was excellent. It looked plain, but was actually subtley flavoured. Adding bite to all of this was a hot sauce that seemed freshly made. It wasn't overwhelmingly hot, but was a very nice flavour and it really added punch to the food.
There were quite a few other dishes on the menu that looked quite good, and I'd like to go back and try again.
We skipped dessert in favour of wandering up the street to Dutch Dreams, and dinner for 2, including 3 different fruit juices, coffee and tea was $45 with tax and tip.