I immediately liked Talavera Cocina Mexicana when I walked in and saw a painting of the iconic and gorgeous Salma Hayek – no, I’m not at all easy to please…
I went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed – typically perceived as auspicious and this scenario was no different. Let’s just say, Talavera’s popularity is well warranted.
Talavera Restaurant brings a taste of old and new world Mexico to Coral Gables by offering classic & contemporary fare in a sophisticated space decorated with an abundance of pottery. Talavera is actually from the same owners as Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen (one of my favorite restaurants in Miami). Although I am partial to Jaguar, I still thoroughly enjoyed Talavera.
The brunch menu looked really good, but we were more in the mood for a hearty lunch and well, that it was. Let’s just say, my bountiful lunch portion satisfied two of my meals for the day.
The chips and salsa were unbelievably addicting. I cannot restrain myself when it comes to chips and salsa – and with these, there’s a general consensus that once you have one, you will not be able to stop. The ceviche was also to die for – I believe I might’ve licked the bowl.
I could not resist trying one of their famous moles. I have actually never had one before. Although now I know it not my cup of tea, I am glad I tried it. I liked it; I just found it difficult to have a lot of it. For those of you that did not know, mole is made with Mexican chocolate, along with a variety of herbs, nuts, spices, dried fruit, and chiles. Therefore, it is fitting to say that the taste is probably like nothing you have ever tasted before.
I had some of my sister’s Enchiladas Suizas and they were packed with flavor. It was a big portion, so I of course had to finish it for her. The dish tastefully amalgamated chicken, poblano cream sauce, melted cheese, crema fresca, and cilantro.
My parents had the Cochinita Pibil Tacos and loved them. Beware, they are a lunch special. I cannot locate them on the regular menu on their site.
I really enjoyed the vibe and food Talavera had to offer. Next time I go, I will not have the mole, but I will try something new!