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Almoraduz Review: Puerto Escondido’s Best Restaurant

Last Updated on April 17, 2024 by Ashlea J. Russell

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Wondering if Almoraduz is worth a visit?

Whether you consider yourself a “foodie” or not, it’s indisputable that food is a large part of travel. Great or terrible meals can make or break an experience and often the most memorable moments are based around food.

If you want a truly impressive, foodie experience in Puerto Escondido the only place I can recommend is Almoraduz Cocina de Autor. And I’m here to convince you why you should try it.

About Almoraduz Cocina de Autor, Puerto Escondido

Almoraduz is clearly a chef-driven ship. The menu politely reminds you that changes to the dishes are not permitted and while that may be off-putting to some, I assure you it is worth trusting them over.

The cuisine at its heart is traditional Oaxacan with a focus on local Puerto Escondido area ingredients and dishes changing seasonally.

The list of offerings is small and every item is so thoughtfully assembled to absolute perfection with a unique flare that can only come from an unbelievably gifted and creative chef, in this case Chef Quetzalcoatl Zurita along side his wife and fellow chef Shalxaly Macias.

Almoraduz Quick Guide

  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Price Point: $$$
  • Food: Modern Oaxacan with a Focus on Local, Seasonal Ingredients
  • Drinks: Signature Cocktails, Wine (in-house sommelier), Beer
  • Hours: Every Day 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Reservations: Via OpenTable, Walk-Ins Welcome

The Vibe

Puerto Escondido can be divided into several neighbourhoods that run along the Pacific coast. The southern point of the town is the trendy area where the barefooted yogis roam and about a 15 minute taxi journey north of there is the quieter area of Bacocho.

Along the Rinconada in a strip of restaurants, is an unassuming gem nestled between a beachwear shop and a café, Almoraduz Cocina de Autor (Signature Cuisine).

As soon as you approach Almoraduz you notice the quiet confidence that oozes from every inch. Greeted at the door by well dressed servers, the tone has been set for an amazing, yet affordable dining experience.

Almoraduz is small and unpretentious, elevated but cool. A large mural by a local artist graces one wall while mixologists in fedoras whip up delicious cocktails. The service is exact and proud but very comfortable. This is somewhere you can relax and be taken care of.

Almoraduz is unpretentious but elevated, and the best restaurant in Puerto Escondido.

The Food

Almoraduz offers updated Oaxacan cuisine with a focus on local Puerto Escondido-area ingredients. They offer a tasting menu and a la carte service.

The tasting menu at Almoraduz typically costs around $1,500MXN [$85USD/$115CAD] for a five course menu and $2,300MXN [$130USD/$175CAD] including drink pairings.

A la carte dishes are around $180MXN [$10USD/$13CAD] for starters, and main courses start around $320MXN [$18USD/$25CAD].

  • Almoraduz is not the cheapest restaurant in Puerto Escondido, but if you want truly impressive, award-winning local food, it’s worth every penny.

A recurring theme as you travel Oaxaca is the use of insects as food. In the culinary world, or even most areas outside of North America and Western Europe this is not unusual. Insects are an excellent source of protein, and they happen to be just about everywhere.

In Mexico it is very common to see grasshoppers and ants used as ingredients, snacks, infused in alcohol and even ground down and mixed into salt. In fact, my first introduction to consuming insects was through a mezcal cocktail that used grasshopper salt on the rim.

Almoraduz in Puerto Escondido offers fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
Blue Tuna Fish Tostada, Avocado, Ginger, Soy Sauce, Chiltepin and Fried Leek

My meal at Almoraduz began with an amuse-bouche of grasshopper and corn stew. A delicious little pot topped with Oaxacan cheese and served along side a variety of tostadas and salsas. After my first bite I knew we had wandered into a culinary goldmine, and I couldn’t wait to see what came next.

The prospect of eating insects can be daunting for those of us who aren’t used to it but I would encourage you to try. A small dish like this is a great introduction to these ingredients and shows that whatever you thought “bugs” tasted like, you were wrong. They are actually delicious, savoury, smoky and worth trying.

The catch of the day is my favourite dish at Almoraduz.
Catch of the Day with Chimichurri, False Potato Risotto and Salad

For the main course I highly recommend the Catch of the Day. Every time I have visited Almoraduz I’ve gone for the Catch of the Day and have never been disappointed.

The Catch of the Day is a local fish, caught in Puerto Escondido that same morning and transformed into a delicious plate of heaven by dinner time. Topped with a chimichurri sauce and sitting on a bed of the most addictive false potato risotto, this shouldn’t be missed.

When in Oaxaca, do as the Oaxacans do and indulge in their delicious chocolate for dessert. Almoraduz has two chocolate options on the menu and in the name of research I tried both.

The Oaxacan Lava Cake is incredibly decadent. A molten river of Oaxacan chocolate pouring out onto the plate, balanced by the cooling freshness of the burnt milk popsicle it was served with.

The other option is my personal favourite, Stuffed Churros. The churros are served warm and stuffed with melting Oaxacan chocolate cream, with walnuts and an unusual, almost fruity pumpkin-like mamey ice cream.

Almoraduz uses delicious Mexican chocolate to create fantastic local desserts.
Stuffed Churros with Oaxaqueño Chocolate Cream, Walnuts and Mamey Ice Cream

The Drinks

While the food is incredible at Almoraduz, the cocktails are also right on par.

I’m sure the mixologists could make anything but I recommend ordering off the signature cocktail menu. The cocktail list is a law unto itself. I am an avid cocktail fan and the creativity of this list had me seeing combinations I had never come across before.

The signature cocktails are to die for at Almoraduz and most cost $160MXN [$9USD/$12CAD].

Almoraduz is not just where to eat in Puerto Escondido, it's also where to drink!
Calenda, Olive and Chamomile Infusion, Rosemary Syrup and Gin

The first cocktail I tried was the Calenda, a gin-based drink with olive and chamomile infusion and rosemary syrup. As with many cocktails, if I see gin and olives together, I’m sold but I wasn’t sure what to expect with the other botanical additions.

The Calenda is beautifully refreshing, perfect for the hot evenings in Puerto Escondido. The unusual flavour additions served to draw out the natural highlights of the gin and is an absolute thirst quencher.

The second cocktail that caught my eye was the Hibiscus Chai. Oaxaca is the land of mezcal so it seemed only right to have a mezcal-based libation.

Presented like a gorgeous, vibrant fishbowl, the Hibiscus Chai is fruity yet floral and spiced with cardamom, cloves and the smoke of the mezcal.

Another refreshing option but given the bold flavour profile I would recommend choosing this before or after your meal rather than as an accompaniment.

Almoraduz has an extensive cocktail list as well as an in-house sommelier.
Hibiscus Chai, Hibiscus, Basil, Guava, Cardamom, Cloves and Mezcal

The last cocktail I tried is one that is close to my heart, the Espresso Martini. The Espresso Martini was created by the late, great Dick Bradsell, a London-based mixologist.

I had the pleasure of knowing Dick, being a member of his private cocktail club in London and enjoying many cocktails that he created, most notable of which being the Espresso Martini. Now a staple of the corporate crowd menus, this cocktail is easy to find all over the world.

Some places stick to Dick’s recipe while others try their own variations like adding Baileys but whatever the take, when you’ve been spoiled by the pioneer, the bar by which you measure is high.

I can honestly say that the Espresso Martini at Almoraduz is the best I have had since Dick himself. Dangerously smooth, the cocktail drinks like a dream. Not too bitter, not too sweet, just gorgeous, satisfying coffee, so good that I had two.

It's hard to go wrong with any cocktails at Almoraduz Cocina de Autor.

The restaurant offers non-alcoholic options, a curated wine list which you can navigate with the help of the in-house sommelier as well as cold beer.

Summary: Almoraduz Cocina de Autor

If you can’t tell by now this isn’t a recommendation, this is a love letter. When considering where to eat in Puerto Escondido, this is the restaurant you can’t miss.

Almoraduz does what most restaurants only strive for. Everything from the effortless décor to the smartly dressed front of house staff to the unbelievable food and cocktails they just know what they’re doing and they do it so well.

Any visit to Puerto Escondido without a meal at Almoraduz is a wasted journey. This restaurant is the perfect introduction to Oaxacan food by glorifying local ingredients and tradition in a modern way.

It is an unexpected surprise to have a world-class dining experience in a surfer’s haven of tacos and smoothie bowls but that’s exactly what Almoraduz delivers. All without breaking the bank.