Nuestra Mesa elevates Latin cuisine

first_imgWhy: Nuestra Mesa has been serving the flavors of Latin America since 2010 in historic downtown Camas. In a region where many restaurants prefer to focus on Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine, Nuestra Mesa has taken a different approach, consistently focusing on a truly different cuisine, which is at the heart of owners Todd and Tania Moravitz. Atmosphere: The space offers family and bar dining in a comfortable, casual decor that combines rich colors and subtle lighting. Tables and chairs sit atop a beautiful wood floor. A drop-down grid feature adds interest above, and an original brick wall on the bar side of the space lends a well-established presence. What I tried: My dining companions and I tried the queso fundido with chips and blue corn tortillas, the crispy bruselas, the nopales salad, the ora king salmon entree and a pescado pastor taco. The queso fundido consists of melted Oaxacan and jack cheeses topped with black beans, salsa and chopped cilantro. The house-made chips and tortillas were fresh and warm. The cheese cooled quickly and solidified, which was problematic in that it is served, dipping-style, with a spoon. Although the spoon worked well to scoop the beans and salsa, it was useless on the cheese. The crispy bruselas combines charred Brussels sprouts and chorizo. A poached egg rests atop the mixture, and house-made chicharrones and Tajin bring a crunchy and sweet-tangy presence. I enjoyed the cabbage flavor of the sprouts with the spicy meatiness of the chorizo. The crunchy, fried chicharrones are used like croutons on a salad. Overall, this was an appetizing and interesting dish for its flavor, variety and creative use of ingredients with the sprouts.last_img read more

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