A speedy-relaxed cafe primarily based in Mexico has opened its initially U.S. spot in Miami.
Ojo de Agua, which operates additional than 40 restaurants throughout Mexico, opened its Florida site on January 11 in Brickell. The chain, founded by brothers Jorge and Juan Carlos Estrada in 2007, focuses on a menu of quickly-informal genuine Mexican dishes with a balanced twist.
Working with imported ingredients from diverse locations in Mexico, Ojo de Agua delivers a diverse all-working day menu, from breakfast smoothies and juices ($5.50-$12.65) and açaí bowls ($14-$22) to dishes like soup, salads, and sandwiches ($14-$29) and tacos and ceviches ($17.50-$30). Dishes like molletes, chilaquiles, and enchiladas ($11-$15) are produced with no frying, allowing patrons to indulge in their favorites at a reduce calorie rely.
“Our target with Ojo de Agua is to present a flavorful, nutritious Mexican-encouraged menu. Our strategy permits us to build some of the most well-liked Mexican dishes in a more healthy way, all although preserving the rich flavors and taste of the cuisine that the world enjoys so a great deal,” Jorge Estrada tells New Occasions. “For example, chilaquiles are normally fried but ours are baked. We have also incorporated a ton of veggies into recipes that historically have extremely couple of or none, like our octopus tacos that have sautéed kale.”
Jorge’s preferred dish on the Miami menu: the atún spicy deli sandwich. The sandwich combines a seared tuna steak with caramelized onion and beets and is served on a toasted bun with the restaurant’s home made spicy mayonnaise.
“My brother and I bought the notion for this dish on a journey we took to Baja California,” Jorge points out. “They served us anything very very similar, but in a taco, and that motivated us to create this sandwich.”
Encouraged by the classic Mexican tianguis, an open-air sector where by locals go to procure fresh ingredients, Ojo de Agua Miami will dwelling a smaller market place that will promote a assortment of merchandise ranging from refreshing deliver to residence-built sauces and salsas. The marketplace-cafe idea echoes the firm’s mission of employing fresh new substances ready in-dwelling, Jorge points out, and also that of immersing their clientele in Mexico’s gastronomic culture. While the restaurant will use local create anytime possible, some objects will be imported from Mexico, like avocados and chili peppers, as effectively as the corn for Ojo de Agua’s property-designed tortillas.
The brothers say they selected Miami for its energetic and varied foodstuff tradition.
“We imagined it would be a fantastic exam marketplace — it’s really Latin-helpful and it has a booming culinary scene. We know Miamians are foodies and balanced eaters, so it seemed like a wonderful commencing point,” Jorge says. “The Ojo de Agua brand name will give Miami patrons a special eating expertise as Miami’s very first wellness-acutely aware Mexican restaurant.”
The working experience extends to the appear of the place. Ojo de Agua’s interior style highlights Mexican mosaics and ceramics, together with conventional kitchen area utensils, milk-bottle containers made use of as mild fixtures, and lemon juicers that provide as serviette holders for the reusable bolsas delivered for market purchases. The furnishings itself is manufactured by artisans and designers from the unique areas of Mexico, making use of regular products.
“I consider Ojo de Agua will surprise men and women by exhibiting them how nutritious Mexican food can be, and how tasty nutritious food stuff can be,” Jorge sums up. “It appeals to the two Mexican foodstuff fans that are on the lookout for reliable flavors, and to aware eaters interested in spending attention to building sure their meals is fresh and truly fantastic for your entire body.”
Ojo de Agua. 851 S. Miami Ave. ojodeaguagroup.com. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. day-to-day.
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