RICHMOND, Va. — Chef Danny Mena and Beverage Director Lauren Spain just lately opened Huge Kitchen Hospitality’s latest restaurant Conejo in Richmond, Virginia.
For Mena, a local of Mexico Metropolis, Conejo is an opportunity for him to indicate off a facet of his hometown he finds under-represented at many Mexican eating places within the US
“Mexico Metropolis could be very cosmopolitan. It isn’t the everyday concept that lots of people have Mexican meals. It is a massive metropolis with lots happening. And that is my affect,” he mentioned. “I am a metropolis boy, born and raised. And so that is what we’re attempting to deliver [here]a contemporary tackle conventional meals.”
Mena cooked in some big-name New York Metropolis eating places and opened two of his personal (Hecho en Dumbo and La Loncheria) earlier than he was tapped to steer the Conejo kitchen.
And in that kitchen, Mena mentioned he and his crew lean on high quality elements.
“The standard of meat that we use, the standard of elements that we do is much superior [to many other Mexican restaurants],” he mentioned. “We fortunately have the time, the trouble, the data, and the assets to have the ability to do this.”
So what must you order in your first go to to Conejo?
“The most effective vendor, and that is each Mexican restaurant, is the guacamole. Individuals go right into a Mexican restaurant and earlier than they take a look at a menu they order guacamole and two margaritas after which take a look at the menu,” Mena mentioned. “However actually our greatest vendor proper now and is a Baja taco. It is a kind of we placed on that we type of play with lots. We use a fish referred to as hake, which is analogous to cod, but it surely’s somewhat bit firmer, however nonetheless good and flaky. We do that beer vodka batter. So it is type of someplace between like a Korean fried hen beer batter and like Japanese tempura. So it is crispy, it is good and lightweight and flaky.”
5820 Patterson Ave
Richmond, VA 23226
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