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Tastavins Tapas Wine Bar

Oaxaca, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

After a few days walking around the Colonial City of Oaxaca, we discovered this little Tapas Bar.

It piqued our interest.

Tastavins Vinos y Tapas

We checked out the hours and address, then made plans to return for dinner.

It has a cute, rather European-style entrance with little flower boxes on the gated front door.

Tastavins' bar

Here you see the tiny bar itself, with the kitchen in the back and a selection of wines. On the top shelf you will also notice a couple of bottles of mezcal, the pride of Oaxaca.

 

Unlike tequila, mezcal can be made from any of the more than 30 types of agave. Tequila is only made in five specific regions of Mexico, with the Mexican State of Jalisco being ground zero, and only from the blue agave plant. Oaxaca is the center of the mezcal world with 80-90% of them made in this state.

Inside Tastavins

Tastavins is tiny. We saw as the evening progressed, that it is very popular. Romantic couples came by, families shared meals, and tables were filled with college aged patrons as well.

The special board

Two different styles of gourmet ham are listed here, sold in 50 gram and 100 gram lots. The Jamon de Bellota at 50 grams was $7USD, 100 grams sold for just over $13USD.

The strudel with ice cream was $2USD.

Tastavins also offers pastas, plates of mixed cheeses and cold meats, as well as full dinner plates of seafood, meats and vegetarian choices.

Free tapas!

Billy ordered a glass of Merlot and I, a glass of Muscat / Cabernet. When the wines were delivered, so were these two tapas! Free tapas with every glass of wine!

Extraordinary!

These particular tapas are a triangle of baked sliced potato pie with caramelized onions over sliced ham and cream cheese on a slice of toasted sour dough.

Sound delicious?

Montaditos Variados

On the menu this plate is called "assorted sandwiches" and the price is just over $3USD. There is goat cheese, mozzarella, salami, chistorra - which is a Basque-style sausage - delectable spreads and even a sweet tapas with nuts.

Dig in!

Salad Tastavins

This is the house salad made with a mixture of lettuces, goat cheese, nuts, tomatoes and a choice of either sliced apple or mango (we chose mango) and a delicious house dressing.

 

The temptation here was for the house to simply drizzle balsamic vinegar over the salad, but instead, they had their own house signature sauce. Light, refreshing, flavorful and unique.

This salad was $4USD.

Here we are at the Tapas Bar!

It was a delightful, flavor-full evening with a variety of offerings, something different from an ordinary dinner outing. The restaurant had excellent jazz and Latin music playing in the background which made the experience upbeat and memorable.

We were pleased!

Our bill

Between us we had 5 glasses of wine, a plate of assorted sandwiches, and a house salad. The total came to 270 Mexican Pesos which equals $14.50USD. This leaves plenty of room for our tip to the Mesero.

We liked it so much that we returned some nights later, bringing a friend.

We can certainly recommend this Tapas Bar if you are ever in the city of Oaxaca. Stop by!

Tastavins

Calle Murguía 309, Centro Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico

Phone: +52 951 514 3776

Open Monday through Saturday 6pm to midnight

Cash payment only, no credit cards

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