Talavera Cocina Mexicana

Talavera is a gourmet Mexican restaurant in Coral Gables.

What we had:

I had the Mahi Mahi Huraches. (what? No tacos?!) The perfectly cooked and seasoned Mahi was nestled in a fresh black bean puddle on top of a masa huraches (sandal). I usually can't stand masa cakes, but this was something different. This was light, flavorful, and yielded slightly to the tooth.

My DH had the pork tacos. (Aah. There's the tacos. All is right with the world). These were well-seasoned with cardamom and vinegar and perfectly moist. Strangely, this is closest thing to Eastern North Carolina pit-cooked pig we've tasted in a long while. Needless to say, we were in piggy heaven.

The fresh table salsas were also phenomenal. The roasted tomato and red pepper was just spicy enough & the habanero had a clean, bright citrus taste. The chips were pretty great, too. (especially the blue chips)


The decor is very Mexican, but in a grown up and classy manner, with lots of Mexican cobalt and silver.


Lots of people served us; and they were very slow on getting us the check.

Overall impressions:

Yum. I must go back and sample more dishes. I also may bathe in the roasted red pepper salsa.


4.5 out of 5 salamanders, we aren't the only ones that love this place. Talavera was recently named "Best Mexican Restaurant 2010" by the Miami New Times.

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