Although, Restaurante El Asadero has been in operation for 40 years, I only found it a few years ago at the invitation of a friend. Unfortunately, during my first several decades in Cuernavaca I was missed out on the best steaks in town. Now, I am a frequent diner at El Asadero!
I am delighted to report that I have now tried every dish on the menu and several many times. My favorite is the Arrachera (skirt steak), which is prepared as it is in the north of Mexico; well marinated and easy to chew.
While the owner doesn’t divulge his secrets (especially his homemade seasoning) the meat does taste like it has been age-dried, despite the low cost of El Asadero. The steaks possess a complexity of flavor; savoriness and sweetness that just isn’t found in the wet-aged meats purchased in the supermarket. There's no cooking method that can generate the depth of flavor of a dry-aged piece of meat.
At El Asadero, you will find a very select menu of Costilla Asada, Rib Eye, T-Bone, or Salmon if red meat is not to your liking. The offerings are accompanied by nopales (sliced cactus palms) and a sopecita (flat bread coated with a mild green sauce followed by white cream sauce and crumbles of Oaxaca cheese).
For refreshment you will find sodas and a small, but fully stocked bar. For dessert the flan is excellent.
If you love steaks, Restaurante El Asadero should not be missed!
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