Saint Henri’s selection of Mexican cuisine has been largely restricted to tacos and burritos, but with the anticipated new torta shop Torteria Lupita’s recent July 9 opening, that landscape has expanded. Drawing on her gastronomic history from Mexico City, France, and the tutelage she received from Olive et Gourmando, Sandra Soto has begun to serve a seasonal menu including classic Milanesa and deep-fried flautas, tortilla and pozole soups, and salads to an eager public.
The food finds roots in this family restaurant through a rich tradition. "I can't do anything else but Mexican. The truth is that my roots are Mexican, and I can't deny it, nor do I want to," Soto told Eater. "My idea is to offer customers amazing products, very well done, and affordable. A place to hang out with friends and family, enjoy good food and drink, and not spend $100."
The familial element played a leading role in the shop’s development and execution,
from Victor Soto — Sandra’s brother and owner of Tacos Victor — helping with its renovation to Sandra’s sister and mother (for whom the torteria is named) working alongside Sandra in the kitchen.
Montrealers can now drop into Lupita’s wood and corrugated metal interior, order up a carnivorous or vegetarian torta and settle into the shop's indoor picnic bench-style seating to raise a glass of aguas frescas — at least until the liquor license comes through. The restaurant's arrival solidifyies one block of Notre-Dame running from Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier to de Courcelle, a.k.a. the place to be for all that's endearingly casual. Visit from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional brunch items are served on Saturdays. Expect hours to extend in the coming weeks. See the opening menus below: