The Tacofino Commissary — Vancouver, Canada

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It might seem odd that one of Vancouver's most acclaimed kitchens is in a bright orange truck with an image of the Virgen de Guadalupe poised to bite down on a taco. But for some years now Tacofino has been dishing out what locals insist are the best Baja-inspired tacos in British Columbia. And now owners Ryan Spong, Kaeli Robinsong and Jason Sussman have set up a bricks-and-mortar space in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Hastings-Sunrise in East Vancouver. They had designer Omer Arbel strip a former Malaysian restaurant back to the studs and anchor the space with handsome communal tables and benches made from rescued timber and steel tubes. They're lit by an aerie of glass bulbs that double as pots for succulents and cacti. Already Tacofino fans are crowding the small space to partake in the menu of bocadillos; shared platters of tamales stuffed with prawns, crispy masa, lardons and egg; and tacos filled with tempura-battered lingcod and chipotle mayo.




2327 East Hastings Street 



Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.