Set in the heart of Coral Gables, in Ponce de Leon, two blocks north of Miracle Mile. Talavera claims to be an authentic Mexican Restaurant and one thing is true; it’s a very nice place to enjoy good food, great service and really a fusion of traditional authentic Mexican food and modern cuisine, something not found very often in the United States.
As soon as you arrive you will notice the d cor. Orange walls that give special light and background the whole concept. A welcoming bar in front, with tall bar stools, lots of booths and tables and to finish it out an open kitchen that fill the place with succulent aromas and flavors. The room is decorated with Talavera pottery, earthenware produced in Puebla, Mexico. Talavera is the oldest tin-glazed ceramic in America, with blues used in the finest ceramic, still being manufactured with the same techniques as in the 16th Century. The front bar carries sketches of faces from Mexican history and there are large paintings in the back where blue dominates.
Service at Talavera is very good and management is always on the floor ready to help and listen to feedback. You feel like they really care about you and their business.
The menu is extensive; guacamole, ceviches, salads, tortas, tacos, moles and a variety of main courses. The signature dish at Talavera is the ‘huarache’, an oval shaped mass of tortilla dough, resembling a flip-flop with refried black beans, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of fish, beef, pork or chicken, topped with cream, crumbles of white cheese and your favorite salsa. Yummy!
Guacamole is freshly prepared and served in a volcanic rock bowl called ‘molcajete’ seasoned with lemon juice, cilantro, onions, salt, serrano hot pepper, and a sprinkle of fresco cheese, served with chicarron (fried pork rind).
Other great dishes include queso fundido, a combination of melted Oaxaca and gouda cheeses, with chorizo sausage and warm tortillas. Tacos and quesadillas round up their authentic Mexican cuisine. Do not forget to try Talavera’s Original Margarita prepared with 100% Agave Tequila or one of their Mexican beers.
Prices are reasonable, almost every item is twenty dollars or less. The lunch menu includes a list of enchiladas, huaraches, stuffed peppers and tortas for twelve dollars each. A restaurant worth the value it provides.
Call for reservations (305) 444 2955 since Talavera is a busy place. ” Buen Provecho!” Enjoy