Saturdays are made for sleeping in, exploring the neighborhood and brunching with your best Bitches. With that said, I met up with Amanda, to check out the brunch offerings at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana located in the heart of the Penn Quarter.
Anytime there’s handmade guacamole on a menu, you have to order it. I’m pretty sure it’s a general rule of thumb. It was made with love right before our eyes with green tomatillo, serrano chile, crumbled queso fresco and cilantro. I asked Angel to make it spicy and boy did he! By far the best guacamole I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a lot of guac in my 28 years!
The double sided brunch menu is rather intense and overwhelming, but provides for a variety of options even for the pickiest eater. I let Angel know I was a vegetarian and he whipped out a red crayon and circled all the options he thought I might like. Amanda and I had quite the feast and ordered a number of small plates.
Next up I had the Taco de hongos con crema which included sautéed wild mushrooms with shallots and Mexican cream, topped with salsa serrano and pickled red onions. I have mixed feelings when it comes to fancy tacos, but this one was delicious and quickly devoured in two bites.
Next up, Amanda tasted the tamal verde with chicken, chile and cilantro. She noted had a great kick, but also had a rich and creamy filling. She now knows why this is a staple of Mexican cuisine. Angel emphasized that the Frijoles Rebosero is by far his favorite in terms of veggie options so I had to try it and certainly did not regret it. He hadn’t steered me wrong yet and he did warn me the chili peppers would sting a bit. The sizzling Heirloom Rebosero beans, included fresno chiles and seasonal vegetables in a mulato chile dressing and was served in a very generous portion. This was perfect for a chilly fall morning.
Lastly, Amanda had the quesadilla de chicharrones, which is one of her favorite quesadillas, a savory dish with a crunch from the chicharones. The quesadillas were filled with fried crispy pork belly with chihuahua cheese and included a chili sauce.
The Bitches say A: We appreciate how Oyamel diversifies its menu and offers authentic flavors from regions across Mexico. Our server Angel was an absolute delight. While the drinks may be a little too sweet, we can certainly say there’s spice in almost every bite.
401 7 St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Oyamel serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30a.m.-3:00p.m.