A Sunday Lunch at Oyamel

by Valerie on July 23, 2009 · 6 comments


I was excited to try out Oyamel last Sunday – other Jose Andres restaurants have all been favorites of mine for a long time, especially Jaleo and Zaytinya‘s. Andres has his own little mini-empire of local restaurants that rival some of their New York equivalents. And I have to admit it was kind of cool that he beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef.

But back to Oyamel. Husband assured me there were plenty of dairy-free options –
and he was right.

The chips and salsa arrived on our table soon after we were seated. The salsa was smokey chipotle tomato goodness. I had mine with Marys Gone Crackers Crackers {I brought them with me} since I can’t eat corn right now, but husband said the corn chips were also very delicious, with a slight heat to them.

Oyamel Chips and Salsa

I started off with the
Ceviche de huachinango, which is red snapper with avocado in a salsa of tomato, sweet onions, cilantro and lime juice. It tangy and salty and a wonderful mix of textures:

Oyamel Ceviche

Husband had the
queso fundido with chorizo. I didn’t try it but he assured me it was absolutely amazing:

Oyamel Queso

We split the Costillas de Cordero a la Parrilla, which were two grilled lamb chops with a cilantro/parsley/garlic green sauce. The lamp chops were grilled to perfection and the sauce was more than just the expected verdant and tangy flavors – it was complex and addictive:

Oyamel Lamb

We also split the
Nopal asado con salsa molcajete, which translates to grilled fresh cactus paddles with a salsa molcajete of grilled tomatoes, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and chile. It was a little oily for my liking (plus by then I was not that hungry) but I loved the salsa on top.

Oyamel Cactus

I very much enjoyed Oyamel – including the small touch of free distilled water, the perfect service, the flavorful and fresh ingredients. It was a lovely place for a long Sunday lunch. Pictures by moi.

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1 Noodlegirl July 23, 2009 at 4:05 am



2 Jen of A2eatwrite July 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

It's so funny… check out this link – apparently you, Michelle Obama and White House Chef Kass share the same opinion about Oyamel:


I'd never heard of Oyamel until I read the first post yesterday.


3 Vienna July 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I'm getting really hungry right now!


4 Rachel July 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm

All of that food looks incredible… Makes me sad that I brought a lean pocket to work today… đŸ˜›


5 Globetrotting Cacti July 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm

That food looks amazing. Glad that you found some-thing to work into your diet.


6 messybaker July 24, 2009 at 1:48 am

Looks amazing! I love Oyamel and almost licked the picture of the ceviche on my computer screen… think I know what I'm getting next time I go!


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