New restaurant Monarca Cocina Mexicana set to open in Vancouver

The sister restaurant to chef Fransisco Higareda's Ophelia is slated to open on April 8

The team behind Vancouver’s Ophelia Cocina Mexicana are gearing up to open a new location in Gastown this week that will aim to offer diners an expansive array of playful, modern-meets-authentic Mexican fare.

Much like Ophelia before it, Monarca Cocina Mexicana was conceived by chef Fransisco Higareda as a nod to his Latin American heritage; while Ophelia was named after chef Higareda’s mother, Monarca pays homage to his father, who grew up near the famous Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. 


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In terms of menu items, guests can expect a similar assortment of the Mexican sides, salsas, starters, and entrees on offer at Ophelia, along with a diverse selection of tacos, local beers and wines, and cocktails with a focus on premium tequilas and mezcals.

Monarca Cocina Mexicana is slated to open on Friday, April 8 and will be open for dinner service Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 p.m. to midnight. More information can be found online.