Restaurante Sabor Antiguo was a serendipitous find, discovered while browsing Google Street View for Al Sol Studios y Departementos, a most attractive group of rental apartments. (Unfortunately, none were available that met our needs without reserving a year in advance.)
The restaurant is directly across the street (Manuel Doblado) from the main door to Al Sol's ground floor coffeehouse.
TripAdvisor had a scant handful of reviews. Sabor Antiguo is distant from the Oaxaca central tourist zone.
The restaurant's decor is simple but very attractive. Breakfasts and comida are offered. The comida menú del día is offered from 2:00 p.m. until about 5:00 p.m.
|Sabor Antiguo cocina abierta|
The final price varies according to which main dish you select. Mine was $85 pesos, my wife's a little less.
The meal came with a pitcher of refreshing limonada, garnished with tiny cubes of watermelon. A nice touch.
We had a choice of soups: Consomé de Res (beef) or Consomé de Pollo (chicken). We chose beef. It was simple but very good, with small chunks of what may have been beefy innards. Basically, it was brown stock, but with subtle and unusual seasonings. We saw some bowls of Consomé de Pollo brought out. They all had a sizeable piece of chicken half submerged in the broth.
|Consomé de res|
A special touch was the plate of fresh herbs they brought us. It held berros (watercress), chepiche and huajes. We enjoyed the first two, but the huajes were less appealing. Overall, a small but great complement to our meal.
|Fresh herbs plate|
Below, a quote from a TripAdvisor reviewer.
I didn't think the huajes were that bad, just a bit of a nuisance to extract from the pod, and in the end, boring.
Pareciera solo una fonda de comida corrida,pero te sorprende el sabor de sus platillos tipicos y con buen sazon, el servisio es amable y los precios justos. Recomendacion evita los huajes que ponen como botana al inicio, el sabor posterior es tan perdurable y fuerte que te puede hechar a perder los siguientes alimentos jajaja
For a main course, I had Barbacoa de Res Estilo Zaachila. This was a modest cut of very well cooked boneless beef, rather coarse in texture, but deeply infused with the taste of complex, mellow spices. (It made me think of a Chinese dish, Cold Spiced Shin of Beef.)
|Barbacoa de Res Estilo Zaachila|
Doña Cuevas had Pierna Mechada (fresh ham), which came with a delicious sweet and sour sauce. She requested more sauce, and it was brought to her without extra charge. (In fact, we were offered seconds on salad and spaghetti, but turned it down as we were satisfied.)
Dessert was included. That day it was a little section of baked banana, drizzled with a little condensed milk. It wasn't bad, although it's not a favorite dessert of mine.
Price: $ Bargain!
Hygiene: Very good
Manuel Doblado 724, De La Noria, Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico
Tel: +52 951 501 1628
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