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“La Teca - a worthwhile experiment”
Review of La Teca Restaurant

La Teca Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 575 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Traditional food from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, all made when you order, all delicious. A garden area available when it's not too chilly or rainy. Wonderful art, and great service.
Reviewed 28 February 2013

We too, had read the New Yorker review, so 5 of us, in two separate cabs, headed into the Oaxacan suburbs to check it out. One cab got there immediately and the other got lost - but eventually we all gathered at this warm, homey place. We had made reservations and were escorted through the intimate family setting into a charming outdoor courtyard at the back. The staff were friendly, welcoming and brought us a bottle of the house mescal and the tasting menu which we were all very pleased to sample. Most memorable was the plantain dumplings. La Teca started out as an experiment, but it will now be on our to-do list for the next visit to Oaxaca.

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

La Teca was an ordinary experience. I was with a person from the Isthmus and he said the food was mas o menos authentic. That aside, the chicken was very dry and the stuffed pepper was served cold. Everything else was very ordinary. There was nothing that earned a WOW from me. I won't return.

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1  Thank Memo28
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

This was our second meal at La Teca. I am still not certain why the door is kept locked and you must ring to enter, but that is how it is. The first time we went we were with friends who had been before. Their previous experience led to their telling us NOT to order the tasting menu and to be certain not to open the bottle of Mezcal brought to the table. Their bill for 4 was close to 1600 pesos. We were more careful. The food was excellent and the bill for 2 beers, a pitcher of agua, a shared appetizer and 4 main dishes was about 600 pesos. Somewhat price by Oaxaca standards, but well worth the price. Today we were with another couple. We ordered much the same amount of food and the price was similar. The food was quite good, but not exceptional as we had hoped. I was very put off when the waiter took the knives and forks we had used for our appetizer and put them back on the table to be reused. My husband asked for espress, which they do not have, and then ordered coffee.I asked if they had decaf. I was informed by our waiter NO IT IS NOT COFFEE. I suggest that someone from La Teca try the excellent decaf coffee or espresso across the street at La Passion or on Alcala at Burjula. The coffee my husband ordered arrived looking very weak and tasting awful. He told the waiter that it was not coffee. From that point on we were ignored, had a hard time even asking for a bill. What a shame. We will not be going back. Yes the food is good, but certainly no better than at least several of the restaurants in the center of Oaxaca, and the service does not compare.

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1  Thank platpalm6
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Mmm...having read some criticism on here for this excellent place, I wonder if people are not always getting the full experience. We arrived on a Sunday evening and felt we were in the wrong place. Yes, just four tables in what looked like a converted garage of a house. Then, we were taken into a beautiful garden through a separate entrance next door nod supplied with a meal to remember. The whole experience was like being invited into someone's home and given some delicious food and drink. The staff were extraordinarily good, too. This may not have been a five-star review had we been left inside but out back it was simply a delight and concluded an excellent day of el tule, a market, Mezcal tasting in matatlan and the fantastic drive to hierve el agua. La teca is well worth searching out but ask about the back.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

After reading other reviews, we were surprised to find that the restaurant is four tables in a converted house in a suburban area with one small unisex bathroom. We were the only diners. After we asked a few questions about the menu, our waiter retreated to the kitchen. (We were a mixed group of Mexicans and Americans, all bi-lingual, with little experience with food from the Isthmus.) Then a woman came out from the kitchen and offered us a sampler's menu. We asked how much it would be. She said not to worry. So we tried the tamales, chiles and different menu items in a family-style format. The food was very good.Then, we got the check. $90 for four people when the average entree costs $7. We complained about the pricing and $25 was taken off the check. They said that they wanted us to be happy with the meal. We would have been much happier if we hadn't had to haggle over an inflated check. I truly wonder about the other grand reviews. Something strange is going on here....

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