I was recently in Washington DC and had one unexpectedly free evening to try a new restaurant. Not having done my research beforehand I texted my good friend Mrs. Saturday Night Foodies to see if she had any suggestions. Of course she did because she always does! She told me about a great chef, Jose Andres, who has a few restaurants and a food truck in the DC area. Luckily it was late on a Tuesday night so we had no trouble getting a table for 2 at the much acclaimed “Oyamel“. Oy, oy, oy was it delicious! I’ll let the pictures and menu descriptions do most of the talking…
To bear the wait: guacamole made right before your eyes, with green tomatillo, serrano chile, crumbled queso fresco and a basket of fresh tortilla chips.
Papas al mole
Jose Andres’ favorite potato fries in a mole poblano sauce of almonds, chilis and a touch of chocolate, topped with Mexican cream and queso fresco cheese.
Col de bruselas estilo San Quintin
Crispy brussel sprouts with an arbol chile sauce, pumpkin seed, peanuts and lime.
Taco de hongos
Sauteed seasonal wild mushrooms with garlic and shallots, served with guacamole.
Stew of shredded chicken with potatos, chorizo, and chipotle, topped with white onion.
Queso fundido con tequila
Melted Chihuahua cheese flambeed with tequila and served with…
Freshly hand-made tortillas
And why stop there when I could also have… Delicious Oaxacan hot chocolate with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves, and steamed milk. AND…
Cafe de Olla
Ice cream of Chiapas coffee, Mexican cinnamon and piloncillo sugar with milk chocolate-coffee sauce, caramelized bananas, lime gelatin and Mexican cinnamon shortbread.
Whew! As you can imagine we were SO full after a meal like that. Completely delicious and would definitely go back. On my return though I would pare back and just order the crispy brussel sprouts, a mushroom taco, and the queso fundido because it was probably the best thing we tried! Oy, what a meal!