Nido in Oakland?
- Melanie Wong Jan 13, 2013 04:34 PM
Since my visit to La Poblana, I’ve discovered that Nido in Oakland serves cemitas at lunch time. The photograph on its website doesn’t look promising. But, I still wonder, has anyone tried it?
I stopped by for lunch several months ago. I'm afraid I forgot what I'd ordered, but I enjoyed it. Food was fresh and well prepared, and the service was friendly. I've been meaning to stop by again. It's kind of an out-of-the-way location on the outskirts of Jack London Square, just before the freeway.
Larry and I have been twice for dinner during their soft opening (grand opening 1/18 to kick off Oakland Restauranr Week.
We loved the pork chop and chile re llano, quesadilla was okay. Fish taco special was good but not as good a value unless one remembers as their menu says, "**Without sounding preachy, we would like to point out that Nido's menu supports responsibly sourced ingredients as often as possible. We are currently proud to be working with Happy Boy Farms, Allard Farms Organics, Swank Farms Organics, Preferred Meats, Monterrey Fish Market, & Petaluma Farms. Please feel free to email us with any questions or feedback that you may have. Buen Provecho!"
I stopped by for lunch last week. At 12:30 they were out of the bread for the cemita so I had the tacos with the same chicken in mole Coloradito sauce that goes with the lunch cemita and a "cup" of the pozole.
The pozole "cup" ($4.50) is a decent sized bowl and comes with a garnish bowl of lime wedge, cabbage, radishes, avocado, onions, and jalapeño. The wrapped up thing in the picture is one of their handmade tortillas. The soup is very chunky filled with hominy and tender chicken and is mildly spicy. Some of the hominy was undercooked and hard.
The tacos ($8.50 plate of 2) came with housemade potato chips which took me a little by surprise as I was expecting corn chips. It doesn't look like it from the pic, but there was almost too much meat for the tortilla's size making a cylinder when picked up with the tortilla edges barely touching. The chicken meat was juicy and the mole was rich, just slightly sweet, and moderately spicy.
Definitely worth a return trip, imo.
What doesn't look promising from the pic? I've never had a cemita before.
The sesame bread looked too crusty to me. But I've not visited Puebla to see the original, so perhaps that's a variant. And I would have liked to see some cheese and greenery besides cilantro.
La Poblana lonchera
Luke Tsai did a thorough look at Nido this week but he didn't report on the sandwich.
Don't like it, way overpriced. They really harp on having local ingredients but that isn't tough to find around here. We've been three times and each time leave disappointed. The portions are small, which wouldn't be that big of a problem if the prices weren't high even for regular size portions.
The chips and salsa/guac is good but there isn't enough chips and they'll charge you more to get more chips.
The tacos are not that flavorful. The chile relleno is good but both times we ordered it came out cold and like 10 minutes (not joking) later than the rest of the food.
They won't give you water unless you ask. They also may or may not give you water even after you ask.
The soup is actually pretty solid, as was the salad we tried. I liked the beans and rice, but there weren't enough chips to enjoy it.
Basically this restaurant would have been great if it opened 5-10 years ago before "local" and "sustainable" became something people expect.
Also the cutesy dishes and glass mugs they pour wine in can be chipped at times.
I like the pie made by the place sharing the space much better than Nido, in fact.
Had high hopes, and there are really not any good mexican spots in the JLS neighborhood, but I don't like Nido. Would rather drive 10-15 minutes to Cactus.
Just don't consider Nido a typical Mexican restaurant -- Their flavors are good. The facility is very cold (even the kitchen staff was wearing hoodies last Thursday evening!). During this frigid weather almost every restaurant I've been to this weekend has had problems getting thermally hot food to the table. By the way, the menu warns that water is not automatically presented,)
Yeah, there are still service kinks. First visit, front of the house partner was our server during soft opening and gave/got lots of feedback); not so the second time and there were some minor issues (not wiping up the hot water spilled while trying to pour hot water for tea -- what is it about water? LOL!). That said, we'll still return. Should be a good when weather is warmer. Want to try brunch.
Something very awesome is happening at Nido. They've made a lot of adjustments it seems and are hitting some really high notes. The "Al Pastor" skewer is like tacos el gordos adobada but on your plate. Really enjoy both the lunch and dinner options. Seems like they listened to early reviews and have continued to revise the menu. Been back twice this week---starting to love this place.