Oakland has certainly changed within the last decade. Now with hip bars and restaurants, the downtown area has really grown to an eclectic fun place to visit.
Calavera is a new Mexican inspired restaurant with not only interesting takes on Mexican cuisine but also some delicious cocktails. The décor is pretty cool with an open bar and kitchen but we decided to sit outside on their patio for lunch since it was a beautiful day out.
We started off with cocktails and both were absolutely killer. Refreshing, tasty, and creative.
The guacamole was solid with hints of heat from the serrano chili and tartness from the miltomate (tomatillo) served with their nutty chips.
The plantain fritters were a winner; perfectly fried balls of sweetness with a smoky chipotle dipping sauce. Super good.
The halibut ceviche was light with tons of acidity from fresh lime juice served with creamy avocado and crunchy toasted hominy.
The yellowtail crudo had more of a tropical influence with a sweet yet tangy passionfruit sauce and fresh crunchy jicama and cucumber.
The roasted cauliflower was super satisfying for a vegetable side dish; charred pieces of cauliflower with shallots and a flavorful sweet and sour sauce.
Now their tacos are pretty small and you have the option of ordering one of a certain kind or three of a kind. We decided to just get one taco each in order to try the various types available. The pork taco was great with spiced tender meat with hints of orange and topped with pickled onions
Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the dessert; the churros lacked in flavor even with the accompanying sauces.
However, I enjoyed my meal at Calavera and loved their cocktails as well. Calavera is a fun restaurant with a great atmosphere so I’d rate it at a 7.5/10.