Monday, July 8, 2013

La Azotea's Secret Weapon: Jicama Tacos

La Azotea, Umaran 6,is my new favorite restaurant in San Miguel. It also happens to be a favorite of almost everyone I talk to who wants to chat about food. Outside of the remarkable sunset views, the people watching was really fun but the food…now that was a statement. Upstairs from the Pueblo Viejo, this restaurant has one secret weapon that keeps customers coming back time and time again – the Jicama Taco. Honestly, I see myself eating them at least once a week. Will I get sick of them? Highly doubtful since I was seriously addicted to them after just one bite.

Served in a Jicama tortilla, I had the lightly breaded shrimp topped with fried leeks, mayo with chipotle and a tamarind sauce. It’s also served with tuna or a breaded brie. It was perhaps one of the best tacos I’ve had anywhere in Mexico.The place looks expensive but by no means is with the Jicama Tacos priced at $40 pesos or $3.10 US. They have plenty of other unusual and inexpensive tapas to try. I’ve also heard their cucumber martini is another obsession you need to sample.
I wasn’t as crazy about the Tacote which was a combination of carnitas, avocado sauce and jalapenos but the fiery salsa that they served with it was remarkable. Now all I have to do is figure out the recipe – something I always manage to do in time but this one may be a little more difficult. The taste and appearance of this sauce suggests lots of ingredients.

If I find a place that has better atmosphere and food I’ll let you know. For now, I’m adding this to my list of celebrated restaurants to bring out of town guests to.

That list, I might add, is pretty short.

Buen Apetito!