Oakland >Tamarindo Antojeria
Excellent. Excellent food, great atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. We ordered some of the guacomole and a dish that was not listed on the menu, niman ranch steak with cheese enchilada - excellent. I will be back.
Superior service and authentic Mexican small plates distinguish this understated eatery in downtown Oakland..
Minimalist décor with exposed brick walls, a semi-open kitchen and dropped lighting sets the scene at this small restaurant. Dozens of tea light candles -- perched along wall ledges and atop sleek, blonde wooden tables -- cast a soft glow through the flower-filled space. Service is swift, friendly and quick to offer novices spot-on recommendations.
Casually dressed diners opt to select from either the rotating selection of large combination plates, such as the trademark mole de tamarindo with chicken, or the permanent menu of antojitos, snack-sized portions of traditional Mexican street foods. Three tiny house-made corn tortilla mulitas come filled with exquisitely tender, marinated Niman Ranch steak and melted jack cheese, while crispy cornmeal empanaditas are packed with a delectable mixture of shrimp, chile Serrano, green onion and sweet tomatillo sauce. Coconut flan drizzled in caramel makes for the ultimate sweet ending.
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