Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oaxaca in Ensenada

************Closed ************************************

Opened just a few weeks Oaxaca at Viento is located in El Sauzal Ensenada, three miles south of the last toll station (San Miguel) on Scenic Hwy 1. Once you pass El Trailero Taqueria look for the El Viento Billboard. El Viento is a coastal development that is basically in the conceptual phase.

At the end of the long wooden corridor you are suddenly embraced by breathtaking views and Oaxacan hospitality. The husband and wife owners, Laura and Salavador, were more than willing to discuss their passion. Utilizing products shipped directly from Oaxaca, the menu is ever-changing. Laura and Salvador's goal is to introduce Oaxacan regional cuisine combined with local seafood to form a fusion between Baja California and Oaxaca.

The menu, which is not in print, is based on what they receive from their fresh Oaxacan shipment. I did not get to sample the Baja-Oaxaca fusion but I did get a taste of Oaxaca. The menu items of the day included

Mole Negro Tamale

Chiliquiles con Tasajo

Blanda con Mole Negro y Queso Fresco

Estofado de pollo

Chessecake with Oaxacan Chocolate

The Mole Negro Tamale with its perfect masa, balanced with the sweet and spicy Mole Negro, was worth the trip alone. The Oaxacan coffee and hot chocolate are also not to be missed.

While enjoying some Mezcal I was delighted to try the accompanying Maguey worms. Gusanos de maguey (chinicuiles) are edible worms that live in the maguey and agave plants. They are considered a delicacy and are often crushed in a spicy red salsita which is the wonderful concoction I was served.

Mezcal not your thing? They have access to a large variety of Baja wines from the wine cellar at Viento. For those interested El Viento has a wine club on Friday nights.

Come taste Oaxaca in a beautiful coastal setting.
Opened Wednesday - Friday 1pm - 10pm
Saturday 8am - 10pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm
KM.104 Scenic Highway 1 No 5826 El Sauzal, Ensenada BC Mex
The video I made of this wonderful coastal setting


merrily said...

That cheesecake with Oaxacan chocolate must be awesome. I 've been to Oaxaca and there is nothing like the chocolate you can buy in the street markets.

Great find!

Masa Assassin said...

Thanks Merrily and your right nothing like Oaxacan Chocolate. The hot coco was also very good. I hope to visit Oaxaca this year.

Anonymous said...

No lo puedo creer Oaxaca en la Playa

Kathleen said...

Sadly this restaurant closed due to "permit" problems. We understand they are now just down the street from their location at Viento, serving at their home. That is located between Viento and Sano's Steak house on the beachside of Mex 1. There is a sign out front. Don't know the new hours.

Masa Assassin said...

Kathleen sorry to hear that, thanks so much for the info. I will contact them to get more info.