Ocho Latin Cuisine brings cocktails, authentic bites and tunes to Oak Cliff
SSeveral weeks ago, a new Latin American restaurant in Oak Cliff quietly opened in the Jefferson Tower building. After hearing friends say that Ocho Latin Cuisine was the new place to have cocktails and ceviche – and constantly seeing pictures of vibrant interior on my Instagram feed – I finally made a reservation for a Thursday night.
Located at the back of a multi-unit retail space (similar to Coco’s Fire and Ice installation at Bishop Arts), Ocho has plenty of indoor and patio seating. The main dining room is located directly opposite the bar and live music (acoustic melodies of Helio Portales), while a colorful side room is filled with large paintings of leopards, peacocks and hummingbirds. The string-lit outdoor area is adorned with a large photo-worthy pink sign that reads “Hola OC”.
I started with the Palomita cocktail with mezcal, tequila, lime juice, El Continero grapefruit syrup and Topo Chico, mainly for its presentation: a nice Cantarito clay pot. The lighter cocktail was then overshadowed by my new favorite drink: La Khalo. A bright yellow concoction of mezcal, lemon juice, mashed passion fruit and morita chili syrup, it was the perfect blend of fruity and spice.
Designed by consultant chef Hugo Galvan (El Bolero, Casa Komali), Ocho Latin Cuisine’s food menu includes appetizers to share like asado elotes, grilled cauliflower, salads, squid, and more. . We opted for the Scallop, Cucumber, Tomato & Onion Crudo Ceviche – a great light application if you don’t want to get too full before your entree.
For the main course, Ocho offers several dishes ranging from chimichurri steak to pan-seared chicken and grilled octopus. You can also find the more classic enchiladas and tacos with a twist – that’s what we decided to share for the evening. The chicken enchiladas were served with Oaxaca cheese and a creamy chipotle salsa, while the carne asada tacos included a skirt steak, roasted peppers, and green salsa. We added a side of the Yuca fries, which ended up being a favorite. Plus, if you’re in a small group or just want a taste of everything, the Amanda’s Board includes a variation of rib eye, pork loin, jalapeño sausage, yuca fries, French fries. and green salad.
Ocho Latin Cuisine also offers three desserts, including a coconut Tres Leches, mini churros and a chocolate cake. You can hardly ever go wrong with a chocolate cake with berries. The restaurant is now open for dinner Thursday through Sunday and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You can make a reservation via Instagram or by calling 214-482-1154.