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Report: Oaxacena #2 in New Brunswick

claire | | Jul 14, 2005 08:52 AM

Went last night w/my chowhound-best friend after reading about this spot in Siestema's Ethnic Eats, he highly touts the various moles, but we only saw two kinds on the menu. We were definitely the only non-Mexicans there, not that it matters. Our server spoke English only when she felt like it, but no big as my spanish is fine, but still, i didn't want to feel like i was condescending to her to speak in spanish if she knew English, oh well. anyway...
She brought us chips and three kinds of salsa and immediately asked us to place our order, even tho we'd only been seated about, literally, 30sec. The salsas were terrific and really hot, and we both have pretty good spicy-tolerance! Pico de gallo, a tomatillo, and another which was chipotle-based. Of all, the Pico was the hottest!

We started with a tamale de pollo. The highlight of this was the red sauce that was sort of steamed onto the masa. The chicken itself was hard to find, mostly bone and fat. But the sauce (and this would set a trend for the meal) was the best.

We ordered the goat mole oaxacena and a mixed grill of pork, beef, and nopales. The goat was far and away superior to the parrillada, which was appallingly awful. The mole was definitely different than the poblano i've had and/or made. The notes in this sauce were more about the poblano peppers than the nuts/chocolate of Mole Poblano. The goat was fantastic, reminded me a little of pulled pork. It was moist, some fat needed to be removed, but on the whole, it was terrific!

The mixed grill was just bad. Greasy as could be and the pork was basically all fat, i didn't even try it but my friend did and didn't like it. The beef was very thinly sliced (perhaps pounded?), almost like beef jerky. I took only one taste and was put off by the grease factor. The nopale, cactus paddle, was ok, actually tasted more like meat than veg, but that might've just been its proximity to the steak...

I probably wouldn't go back, unless it was just for the goat. I'd be afraid to try the Pollo Mole, as I fear it'd be mostly bone and skin/fat... But that mole on the goat, wow...

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