NIDO Kitchen + Bar, a cute and vibrant restaurant near downtown Oakland, serves up Mexican classics with a Californian twist.
The menu has all sorts of Mexican favorites such as quesadillas, taquitos, and tamales, as well as dishes I’ve never had before. They have a great range of protein dishes (pork, beef, chicken, fish) and vegetarian options too.
We started off with the tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa which were pretty solid.
The pulled pork tacos were one of my favorite dishes of the meal. Super tasty tender pork dressed in a rich ancho chile sauce topped with peppery arugula, cilantro, cooling guacamole, and a splash of chile de arbol hot sauce.
The vegetable quesadilla needed a lot more flavor and seasoning to bring all the ingredients together.
While the grilled orange chicken was cooked nicely (tender and juicy), the mole negro lacked the rich deep flavor that a typical mole should have.
The beef steak was slightly overcooked, making it a little tough but I liked the chorizo and accompanying components.
Another favorite of mine was the chicken tamal with a delicious sweet yet spicy sauce and refreshing crema fresca.
I really enjoyed both the desserts; the churros were yummy and even better with the two dipping sauces and the chocolate mousse was creamy and light.
NIDO Kitchen + Bar has potential to be a great restaurant. Many of the dishes we ordered were tasty but a few lacked necessary seasoning. However, NIDO Kitchen + Bar is worth trying for items you wouldn’t typically find at your local taco stand so my rating is a 7/10.