So let’s keep taking about Oaxaca. As you may or may not know, Oaxaca is known for being the capital of the culinary world in México and we were there just to make sure that statement was right? :)
About 2 months ago, I made reservations at Criollo as soon as we decided that Oaxaca was going to be the place to go for vacations and OMG, the place was just everything I expected. GOOD!
Criollo is Enrique Olvera’s newest restaurant. You may know him because HE IS Enrique Olvera but also for having an episode on Season 2 of Netflix’s acclaimed Chef’s Table show.
The place is located about 15-20 minutes from Oaxaca’s downtown if you’re driving or taking a cab, not the best looking area in town but the food will definitely worth the effort.
About Criollo and their food
One of the things I love the most about this place is that you have to pass the kitchen in order to get to the dining area, they literally show you their kitchen and team first and then you enter their beautifully modernized colonial ambiance.
If you’ve been to PUJOL before, I can describe Criollo as Enrique’s new “chilled and elevated” place. The menu changes everyday since they literally plan their menu once they go shopping for ingredients the day before or in the morning. Their 5-course menu is inspired by Oaxaca’s grandmas and local cooks which makes the place even more exciting! And talking about excitement, probably the thing I loved the most about this place is that you don’t know what’s coming next, the waitress will just tell you “next dish is a surprise” and boy oh boy I loved their surprises.
Just to give you an idea, here some pictures.
Do I recommend it? Of course I do! I loved every single thing about this place and their cocktails are absolutely on point!
The average cost for two, with drinks and tip will is about $2,400 pesos (around 120 USD).
You can make reservations by going straight to their website!
See you soon!