My fiancé and I just spent eleven days in Mexico. We went to Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, ad Mexico City, and this was my favorite meal, hands-down. I had read about the restaurant in advance, and knew that they had a traditional Oaxacan set menu, so I asked for it-- it wasn't on the menu they handed us, but it was still available. $20 each for four courses, including unlimited mescal and a pitcher of Jamaica. The food was surreal-- plaintain chips with salsa or guacamole (I can't remember which); bean and rabbit soup-- so light, which makes no sense for heavy ingredients like that, but it was somehow rich yet light; chicken in mole sauce with chapulines and some kind of foam on top-- amazing; and some sort of caramelized banana for dessert. Plus, of course, unlimited mescal :)
The service was perfect. The chef was present much of the time, very aware of the diners, and the wait staff was extremely attentive and welcoming. We had just gotten into town, after a day of flying into Mexico City and then a six-hour bus ride to Oaxaca, so we weren't exactly dressed to kill, but they treated us like royalty. We barely had to look up for someone to come over and see what we needed; when we arrived I was instantly given a little stand with hooks to hold my purse. And they timed the courses well-- nothing came out until we had both finished our current course, and then the next one was instantly there.
The atmosphere was very nice, too. It's near several art galleries and has a big airy interior with large windows and high ceilings; it felt very compatible with all the galleries nearby.
I would return tonight if I could!
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