La Lotería: 54 Mexican cards featuring popping bright images of a devil, star, moon, watermelon, flag, flower, fish and bird. Is there anything more enchanting? We think so: La Slowtería, now serving Mexican slow food and juices in Carroll Gardens.
Chef Hugo Orozco brought his fresh take on Mexicano cuisine from Tulum, the sleepy town on the Mayan Riviera where he owned a restaurant by the same name. Where the former Slowtería was a beachside, dock-to-shore operation, Orozco’s looking forward to having the big city’s abundance of local produce at his fingertips.
Orozco has tweaked his repertoire to fit the new local ingredients. The restaurant takes a cue from the famous bingo-like board game for a menu that reads like a south of the border dream: El Diablito strikes in a tasting of salsas, guacamole and beans with hand-made tortillas; La Estrella stars five oyster and citrus wedge pairings with worm salt; in La Sandia, watermelon meets cucumber and mixed greens with crunchy hibiscus flowers, a peppermint infusion and smoked salt; El Pajaro is pozole, but with a duck-tastic take on the classic stew; tomato and cactus lend red and green to La Bandera, a classic Mexican steak. There is also El Catrin, a pre-fixe dinner with an appetizer, main course, dessert and two glasses of wine or beer for $65.
No matter what you order at La Slowtería, you’ll be playing your cards right.
548 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
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