We came to this magical city knowing we'd experience excellent dining, and trust me, we have! But tonight's meal at El Destilado was everything I love about fine dining. The atmosphere was well curated, and I love the way most of the ambient lighting came from several burning handles. We were seated at a table for two, which leads me to my one criticism - our table was right by a noisy refrigerator. I asked if we could move tables, but the only other option given was the bar. We were the only people in the restaurant at this moment and no one else came to sit at the other tables for the rest of the evening. Note: to management -- let appreciative customers who have reservations sit where they want in an empty restaurant. We of course got over this unfortunate moment because everything from this point onward was stupendous. The welcome cocktail and the mezcal cocktails we ordered were unique and delicious. The our first selection of the 6 course tasting menu came out, and after one bite, we knew we were in for a treat. Every course there after was spectacular: flavorful, well balanced, intriguing. I love this kind of dining experience because I end up tasting things that are unusual and delicious. During my meal at El Destilado, I was surprised by the combinations, but so satisfied with how the flavors worked together. Victor our waiter was attentive, but not overly eager. He took great care of us throughout our meal. The outstanding chef, Valerie, was informative, meticulous, and so thoughtful. She even gave us little jars of special sauces as parting gifts. The standout courses were the pulpo tacos, the linguini, the fish, the egg and corn appetizer, the stunning chocolate dessert. Oh and the presentation was jaw dropping, but not overdone. It was perfect, actually. Everything looked as good as it tasted and visa versa. We return to Oaxaca in April, and El Destilado is first on our list of restaurants to visit.
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