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Posted by Anonymous on 07/04/2012
My family and I while exploring the smithsonian, were looking for a nice lunch spot that wasn't a chain restaurant. We stumbled into Oyamel and very pleased. The menu was very different and offered a mix of both exotic and "normal" dishes. The food comes out in small portions so one person could order 3-4 items for a meal. We had two young kids under 10 who were also accommodated. Reservations are recommended but we lucked out and were seated quickly without. If you like Mexican food and want to try something different, go here. We tried the chicken, grasshopper, fish, and pork tacos plus papas con mole and cactus leaf dish. All excellent
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2011
Definitely creative place. Rarity in the world of banal establishments. Interesting ingredients and good execution. Little journey in the word of interesting ingredients and fresh compositions. Some portions are way too small. Worth visit. Def.
Posted by Susan on 11/09/2009
Took friends there for a brithday bash - Very disappointed - The drinks are a rip off - The OYAMEL is $11 for a small glass filled with ice (The few drops did taste good) The pitchers are priced OK but cheap sour mix with very little tequilla - After many drinks -not even a little buzz - The food was better then the drinks but not spectacular -FAIR Don't have high expectations !!
Posted by ColoradoTom on 02/18/2009
Walked down D street looking for a place for supper and happened to run across Oyamel at 7th and D. Was pretty crowded so must have had something going for it. After a wait of ca. 30 minutes were seated and presented with an outstanding menu of "small plates" (tapas) that all looked unique and very tempting. My wife and I had separate appetizer tacos (one of a BBQed pork, the other a baby pig confit), both were outstanding in quality, preparation, and flavors. The entrees sampled were: (1) a grilled skirt steak with a sauce of tomatillos, green onions, green chiles, and roasted tomatoes with a pickled cactus paddle garnish, and (2) half a small outstandingly flavorful young chicken in a mole poblano sauce with almonds and epazote herb rice. For dessert we had a rum-soaked torte with caramel ice cream and gelatinized pineapple juice and a chocolate crumble in a coffee-chocolate sauce with gelatinized coffee. And, of course, a Margarita (called "the Oyamel") that was one of the best we've had. An outstanding restaurant that stacks up with the best we've visited - and we have traveled the whole US and a large part of the world. If you go to this restaurant, you will NOT be disappointed!