Oyamel @ Chinatown
Terrific pick for a reunion date with Suge. I always pass by this restaurant on my way to the metro. It’s owned by Jose Andres who also owns Cafe Atlantico, Minibar, Zaytinya, and Jaleo, all in D.C. The concept at Oyamel is small plates, much like Spanish tapas, except this is Mexican cuisine. Everything we got was delicious, and man, is this restaurant busy or what? I’ve never seen it slow except when they’re getting ready to open. The restaurant isn’t that big, and it’s probably best that way. Keep the food fresh and the space intimate.
So, what did we get?
Chips and Salsa on the house, and freshly made guacamole. We got the medium spice. It was really good, but towards the end of it we were tasting a little too much salt.
Ceviche Verde: Yellowtail Kingfish ceviche with avocado, tomatillo, green olives, and jalapeño chiles. A refreshing ceviche inspired by our friends at El Bajio in Mexico City. $10.50
This might be my first time trying ceviche. It was really tasty. I loved the fish mixed with avocado. I didn’t notice the olives as much, but the citrus flavor of the whole thing really stood out. Towards the end of it I could really handle the tangy taste, but I would try ceviche again.
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo Negro: Shrimp sauteed with shallots, arbol chile, poblano chile, lime and sweet aged black garlic $10.00
This was surprisingly good. I’m not big on shrimp these days (depending on how it’s made) and it wasn’t my choice, but luckily Suge wanted to try it. It tasted like a kind of BBQ sauce, a fancy version. I think it’s the shallots that bring out the flavors of the chiles and garlic. The sauce melds with the taste of the shrimp and doesn’t compete with it.
So my memory is horrible. I can’t tell you exactly what this is, or what was in it, but it was on their daily specials menu. I can’t even look it up online. Well, I know it had corn in it and it was fried and served on top of a green sauce. It was good, not the most memorable (obviously), but still a nice addition to our small plates.
Pescado Mexicano: Seared fish with red onions and a sauce of cilantro, cumin and lime $4.00
The TACOS are definitely the best thing on the menu. These are probably the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. They are single servings presented in a metal carrying stand. The taco had a good chunk of fish with onions and an AWESOME sauce. The cilantro, cumin, and lime were a perfect mix. I might try to recreate it myself. Maybe it’s because I love cilantro…
Anyway, you can see how much I loved the fish tacos as I left them in their original picture size for this entry. MM. Bet you want to go to Oyamel now… 😉
Oh! And a coworker was telling me about the margaritas with sea foam! I saw them making it at the bar and was wondering what that foamy stuff was… I think it’s actually a salt foam or something, but it looks so interesting. Definitely will try that and their tostados sandwich next time!