On our last night in Oaxaca, our friend took us to her favorite seafood restaurant in the city: Sirilo Ceviche & Taco. She said she went here at least once a week when she first moved to Oaxaca, and it was easy to see why.
The restaurant was really small, only 3-4 tables inside, but the color scheme (pink and turquoise) was beautiful and the decor was really cute. I was unfortunately too shy to take pictures of the room so you’re going to have to take my word on it…this place was lovely, casual but not dingy.
We started with hibiscus juice and shrimp garnachas, which were these little appetizers of shrimp atop thick mini tortillas and garnished with onion and a sprinkle of cheese. Both were super fresh and flavorful, and I appreciated that the juice wasn’t overly sweet. You could tell there was minimal added sugar, if any.
The appetizers were followed by ceviche and fish tacos. Ceviche is made with raw fish and cured with lemon or lime juice, and additional flavors vary depending on where you are in the world. The ceviche we ate was mixed with onion and cucumber, topped with avocado slices and these pretty cucumber rolls. You could either dip chips right into it, or eat it with the spoon. It was super fresh and clean tasting, like the feeling you get from sashimi, and the combo of fish/onion/cucumber/lime was amazing. I preferred eating it with the spoon, and Ilhan liked it with the chips.
We each got only one fish taco, which was great because we were already super full at this point. Fish is fatty so you fill up quickly! It goes without saying that this was the best fish taco I’ve ever had, especially considering the only fish tacos I’ve had before were from chain fastfood restaurants in the States. The battered fish was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the cabbage garnish was crunchy, delicious, and pretty to look at haha. There was a white sauce on the taco and we also squeezed limes on top to add flavor. Incredible. The tortillas were barely able to close around everything!
It was the perfect place to go for our final dinner in Oaxaca. The serving sizes were absolutely ideal, filling but not stuffing, and it was fresh and clean so it left us feeling satisfied and healthy. For seafood in Oaxaca, I would highly recommend Sirilo.
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