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ALBA COCINA LOCAL

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ALBA COCINA LOCAL

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #4

WHO
Alba Cocina Local’s basement is located in the attractive architectural district of Colonia Juárez. For several years now, Alba Cocina Local has been one of the most popular restaurants for locals from Juárez thanks to the honest and comforting flavors of the generous dishes. Chef Álex Cabral decided to expand the concept by opening “Sótano” (basement), a bar right under his restaurant specializing in wine and tapas.

FOOD
The menu changes almost every day, depending on the ingredients that Chef Álex has obtained, which makes the concept even more interesting. The constant rotation of dishes and wines is a reminder that everything in life is marked by change. So basically, coming to eat here means losing control over what can happen and just letting go.
All tapas are served on delicious homemade bread.
Some examples of the tapas you might find are:
-Braised oxtail (the house specialty) and old-fashioned Dijon mustard that adds a little sharpness
-Pork jowl cochinita with a lemony yogurt sauce. Very fresh!
-Veggie tapas with avocado over a pesto/matcha salsa sprinkled with peanuts. This was my favorite! A very original and well-thought out combination.
-Octopus over yellow mustard.
-Queso de Canta with banana marmalade, quite exceptional. I wasn´t sure I’d like it at first, but oh my, it was really the best way to end my meal. The banana marmalade perfectly complements the creamy cheese.

DRINKS
Especially known for the great local and international natural wine selection by chef Álex, meant to go hand in hand with the daring tapas. There are also craft beers and spirits.
A glass of Prima Vera wine at $150 a glass
Mexican and international natural wines at a range of prices.

DECOR
A small and intimate space located in the basement. The first thing you will notice is the massive concrete bar where you can interact directly with the waiter, who gave me great explanations and recommendations about the tapas. An intimate feel created by the low ceiling, dim lighting, menu written on a blackboard, and small shelves filled with cookbooks and décor objects.

NOISE
African funk playing in the background that could have been louder. The waiter enjoys talking with you at your table.

SEATING
Black wooden chairs and comfy banquettes with gray cushions around small black tables.
Some high chairs at the bar so you can interact with the chef, making you feel at home.

VIBE
Casual atmosphere, cutlery and paper napkins brought to the table in small tin pails. Well-off locals in khakis and collared shirts popping in for a late lunch or dinner.

SERVICE
Friendly, the wait staff and chefs are all dressed in long black aprons. For once, a tip wasn’t requested when the credit card machine came out, making 15% all the more obvious.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Tapas and wine bar without a fixed menu, ideal for an informal night out, or while waiting for a table to free up at the restaurant (Alba Cocina Local).

WHO
Alba Cocina Local’s basement is located in the attractive architectural district of Colonia Juárez. For several years now, Alba Cocina Local has been one of the most popular restaurants for locals from Juárez thanks to the honest and comforting flavors of the generous dishes. Chef Álex Cabral decided to expand the concept by opening “Sótano” (basement), a bar right under his restaurant specializing in wine and tapas.

FOOD
The menu changes almost every day, depending on the ingredients that Chef Álex has obtained, which makes the concept even more interesting. The constant rotation of dishes and wines is a reminder that everything in life is marked by change. So basically, coming to eat here means losing control over what can happen and just letting go.
All tapas are served on delicious homemade bread.
Some examples of the tapas you might find are:
-Braised oxtail (the house specialty) and old-fashioned Dijon mustard that adds a little sharpness
-Pork jowl cochinita with a lemony yogurt sauce. Very fresh!
-Veggie tapas with avocado over a pesto/matcha salsa sprinkled with peanuts. This was my favorite! A very original and well-thought out combination.
-Octopus over yellow mustard.
-Queso de Canta with banana marmalade, quite exceptional. I wasn´t sure I’d like it at first, but oh my, it was really the best way to end my meal. The banana marmalade perfectly complements the creamy cheese.

DRINKS
Especially known for the great local and international natural wine selection by chef Álex, meant to go hand in hand with the daring tapas. There are also craft beers and spirits.
A glass of Prima Vera wine at $150 a glass
Mexican and international natural wines at a range of prices.

DECOR
A small and intimate space located in the basement. The first thing you will notice is the massive concrete bar where you can interact directly with the waiter, who gave me great explanations and recommendations about the tapas. An intimate feel created by the low ceiling, dim lighting, menu written on a blackboard, and small shelves filled with cookbooks and décor objects.

NOISE
African funk playing in the background that could have been louder. The waiter enjoys talking with you at your table.

SEATING
Black wooden chairs and comfy banquettes with gray cushions around small black tables.
Some high chairs at the bar so you can interact with the chef, making you feel at home.

VIBE
Casual atmosphere, cutlery and paper napkins brought to the table in small tin pails. Well-off locals in khakis and collared shirts popping in for a late lunch or dinner.

SERVICE
Friendly, the wait staff and chefs are all dressed in long black aprons. For once, a tip wasn’t requested when the credit card machine came out, making 15% all the more obvious.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Tapas and wine bar without a fixed menu, ideal for an informal night out, or while waiting for a table to free up at the restaurant (Alba Cocina Local).

CHEF

Álex Cabral

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Closed on Monday and Sunday.

RESERVATION

It rarely gets crowded, but the restaurant upstairs does!

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