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[PDX] Nuestra Cocina

Nick | Aug 6, 200401:21 PM

Mixed results on my third visit to Nuestra Cocina. Got the sopes that I got on my first visit for an appetizer. They've definitely reduced the size of the portion. It was a big portion before. Now it's a small portion -- three silver dollar sized sopes. Had the ceviche also. I'd say it's a bad ceviche. The fish was ground up You get none of the nice texture of the fish. The fish was a little fishy, too, and the ceviche overpowered by onion. The chips that came with it were decent, though a few were a little overcooked.

The entrees, however, were much better. We got the huachinango (snapper), the tamales, and the camarones al mojo de ajo. All three were fair portions and tasty. My shrimp were the most expensive item at $16. The tamales were vegetarian, the masa light, and the tamales flavorful. The snapper is still one of their best dishes, cooked in banana leaves and served with roasted potatoes and a couple salsas. The shrimp are garlicky and smoky and served with some nice beans.

I was definitely disappointed with the appetizers this time, but the entrees were very good. I can't an old menu, though, to compare whether the menu is changing much or to see if the prices have changed at all.

I went to Taqueria Nueve not long ago. I like both about equally, I think. And I still think both are slightly better than La Calaca overall, which is often overpriced and inconsistent on the more expensive entrees.

Still, none of these are in the same league as Cafe Azul but they're worth eating at and some items are very good.


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