The people behind Milagro have always been and will always be the core of our Cantinas. We work hard and have fun while creating positive, high-energy environments full of laughter, music and great times. More importantly, we believe that having a motivated team is the key to passing on the hospitality & culinary culture of Mexico to our guests.
Arturo Anhalt | FOUNDER & CHEF
Arturo was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied Hotel & Restaurant Management, then, went on to apprentice in the kitchens, floors, bars and back offices of restaurants and hotels for more than 25 years. He moved to Toronto in 1998 and opened Milagro Cantina on Mercer Street with his brother Andrés (who now lives and works in Mexico City) in the summer of 2006.
Arturo is a fervent admirer and staunch promoter of traditional Mexican cuisine, his culture, the amazing foods and unique spirits he enjoyed while growing up and traveling in Mexico. He works tirelessly to share distinctive, authentic Mexican dining experiences with all the guests that visit the Cantinas.
Barjinder Bains | EXECUTIVE CHEF
Bains, as we call him, was born in a small village in Punjab, India. Although he never thought of being in the food industry permanently, he found his calling immediately upon taking a cook position in Milagro Cantina on Mercer St. in 2006.
After years of hard work, always with a smile on his face, he learned and mastered the techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine and became our Executive Chef.
Alexis Jacobo | DIRECTOR
Alexis is a true Jalapeño, from the city of Jalapa, in the coastal state Veracruz where he studied and obtained a B.B.A. He moved to Toronto in 2005 and for several years, he was a guest of Milagro enjoying the traditional food and cantina atmosphere. In 2010 he decided to approach his favourite Mexican restaurant looking for a change in his professional career.
Alexis has managed all of the cantinas and today you can see him on the floor at our cantina on Mercer Street. He supports our bookkeeping activities and supervises that all the systems at the restaurants are up and running smoothly.
Zagat"Awesome... worth every peso... excellent Mexican food... top notch Margaritas...great seafood... wow!... ceviche is extraordinary"
USA Today"Best 10 Spots for Lunch in Toronto"
Globe & Mail | Joanne Kates"Spicy plates satisfy at Milagro... Jumping on a Saturday night like a party in a hot cantina... You can almost hear mariachis play... "
Globe & Mail | Carol Troller"The food is downright exotic and decidedly ambitious. Milagro means miracle and that's what this cantina is for foodies"
Toronto Life"Best New Restaurants"
The Grid | Karon Liu"City's Top Chefs – Arturo Anhalt"
Now Magazine"Best of Toronto Readers Poll"
Toronto Star | Jennifer Bain"Get ready for real Mexican... The food gods have granted us a 'miracle'. It is Milagro Cantina... T.O. gets fine Mexican fare"
Toronto Star | Amy Pataki"Miraculous Mexican"
Toronto Life | Eric Vellend"Toronto's Eight Best Tacos "
Toronto Life"The city's most alluring ceviches"
Toronto Life | Bruce Geddes"Two Mexico City brothers bring 'alta cocina' north... Toronto has a reason to celebrate: the arrival of Arturo and Andres Anhalt and their cantina, Milagro .... Here's to a menu blessedly free of nachos and sour cream."
Eye Weekly | Alan Vernon"Milagro serves city's best flan... olé for taquitos"