La Purisima, Oaxaca de Juárez
Located near Santo Domingo. This restaurant has a great roof terrace - ideal for afternoon and evening drinks and/or dinner - the view of the surrounding mountains at night is magical. Great courtyard also. The food was competent. I had dinner here twice and afternoon margaritas numerous times. Both sopas I had - guisa and tortilla - were very good. Had a quesadilla with oaxacan cheese and espazote - which was average - the tortilla was a bit tough. The main dishes were okay - I had chicken with almond type mole and pescado (fish) with grapes - both nice but not extraordinary. Service was very welcoming and gracious. I did have crepes flambe with strawberries and vanilla ice cream my last night in Oaxaca - sitting in an ocher colored courtyard beneath a midnight blue sky, half moon and Orion.
3 storey restaurant/bar built round an inner courtyard. There is nothing faddish, ethnic or trendy about this place. Straightfoward decor, ground floor the main restaurant, tables both in the centre exposed to the elements and under the arches: single row of tables on the balcony of the 1st floor: bar on the rooftop.
Discrete, top-notch service - upper end of the market without being stuffy.
Favorite Dish: Moles plus the first time in my life I ate locusts (a Oaxacan speciality). Surprised to find that they were so salty!