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Nuestra Cocina

Nuestra Cocina welcomes you to “Our Kitchen”. Nuestra Cocina is a collaboration of two renowned restaurateurs and chefs, Benjamin Gonzales and Shannon Dooley-Gonzales. Together as husband and wife they own and operate Nuestra Cocina, an authentic Mexican dining spot in southeast Portland, Oregon.

The style of cuisine can often be considered old peasant style Mexican cooking. Recipes and flavors spanning far as the high desert state of Zacatecas to the coast lines of Vera Cruz and Tampico.

Inside “Our Kitchen”

Meet our Señora de la Tortilla! Her sole responsibility is to hand roll & press authentic corn tortillas. The hand tortilla press we use is a special hand-crafted press built by our own chef’s grandfather and passed down to him.

Our Tortilla Lady prepares over 30 pounds of masa for every evening’s meal. She provides our guest with delicious corn tortillas that are served fresh and hot. It’s one of our signature features at our restaurant.

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Private Events

Our Mole (mo-lay) Room is inspired by the diverse amount of Mole sauces that are served with authentic Mexican cuisine. The rich decor of deep reds and chocolate browns create an ideal mood and ambience. It is designed as the perfect venue to host a special family gathering, a meeting or a corporate dinner.

To book your special event here’s some general information on reserving our Mole (mo-lay) Room.

Our Chef

Chef Benjamin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California with his roots reaching south towards Mexico. Living under one small roof, with a very large family, his Mexican background focused on food preparation and family gatherings. Benjamin directed his career towards cooking.

Chef Shannon was born in upstate New York and later moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Having a family in the restaurant industry also meant she was destined to focus on the food and beverage world.

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Our Classes

Chef Benjamin teaches monthly cooking classes at Nuestra Cocina. Each class is 3 hours from 6pm - 9pm.

Prepare & enjoy a 3 course menu. You can participate with the chef or just watch and learn. All recipes are provided. Taught in our back kitchen then gather as a family, in our Mole Room and eat regional cuisines of Mexico.

Book a private cooking class. Great for birthday gatherings or corporate bonding. 8 to 12 people are required for private classes or

Schedule a one-on-one cooking class with Chef Benjamin. Discuss a menu with the chef and learn the true art of Mexican cooking in your own personal class. Monthly class prices start at $50.00. Private or personal class prices are to be discussed.

Our Menu

Antojitos & Ensaladas

SOPA DE LIMA CON POLLO

7.00

Traditional Yucatan lime soup with chicken, epazote & tortilla strip

QUESADILLAS FRITAS CON MOLE AMARILLO

8.00 

House-made green chorizo, potato, cheese & Oaxacan chile Amarillo mole

ENCHILADAS EN MOLE ROJO CON POLLO Y QUESO COTIJA

8.00

Chicken enchiladas with a red chile mole, crema & cotija cheese

TACOS DE PUERCO

7.00

Handmade tortillas with spiced pork, diced onion and Arbol chile

SOPES DE CHORIZO, FRIJOLES Y CHILE ARBOL

7.00

Crisp masa cakes filled with chorizo, black beans and chile

CAMARONES CON TAMARINDO

10.00

Grilled Mexican white prawns marinated in tamarind

CHILE RELLENO CON PICADILLO

8.00

Roasted Poblano stuffed with shredded pork, almonds & raisins

ALBONDIGAS DE CORDERO CON NOPALES Y MOLE DE CHIPOTLE

9.00

Lamb meatballs with cactus and chipotle sauce

QUESO FUNDIDO CON CHILE GUAJILLO

8.00

Baked Oaxacan cheese with guajillo mole - Choice of mushroom or chorizo

LECHUGAS CON MANGO, JICAMA, PEPITAS Y AGUACATE

8.00

Mixed greens, mango, jicama, pumpkin seeds & avocado vinaigrette

ENSALADA DE ESPINACAS

7.00

Baby spinach, bacon, pickled red onions, queso & Chipotle vinaigrette

Platos

COCHINITA PIBIL

17.00

Braised spiced Carlton pork with pickled red onion and black beans

CHILE RELLENO CON CALABAZITAS Y QUESO OAXACA

13.00

Traditional Yucatan lime soup with chicken, epazote & tortilla stripsPoblano chile stuffed with braised squash & Oaxacan cheese

CAMARONES AL MOJO DE AJO

20.00

White prawns in garlic & chiles with plantains & refried black beans

POLLO ASADO EN ACHIOTE CON ARROZ Y CREMA DE CHILE POBLANO

18.00

Grilled chicken in Achiote rub with white rice & roasted poblano cream

MOLE DE OLLA

19.00

Grilled chicken in Achiote rub with white rice & roasted poblano cream

CHULETAS DE PUERCO EN CHILE ADOBO CON SALSA DE TOMATILLO

18.00

Pork chops with chile adobo & tomatillo sauce with braised greens

BARBACOA DE CORDERO CON SALSA VERDE

19.00

Barbequed lamb shoulder braised in banana leaf with spicy green salsa

GORDITAS RELLENAS

10.00

Stuffed tortillas, black beans, avocado, roasted Poblano chiles & cheese • add pork or chicken + 2.00

Desserts

CREPES CON LECHECILLA Y CAJETA

6.00

Warm crepes with cinnamon cream and fried bananas.

PASTEL DE CHOCOLATE CON HELADO DE CANELA

6.00

Moist chocolate pound cake with chocolate sauce & cinnamon ice cream.

EMPANADA DE LIMON

6.00

Hand formed pastry filled with lemon curd and topped with whipped cream.

FLAN DE NARANJA

6.00

Baked custard with Grand Marnier in its own caramel sauce.

HELADOS

3.50

Cinnamon or caramel almond ice cream or Coconut sorbet or Seasonal flavor

SPANISH COFFEE

9.00

Stumptown Coffee, Bacardi 151, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, & whipped cream.

TEQUILA MARTINI DE CAFÉ Y CREMA

9.00

Patron XO, crème de cacao, cream, chile dust

Cocktails

Margarita De la Casa

6.00

Sauza Gold, and fresh lemon & lime juice.

Cocina Traditional Margarita

7.50

Sauza Hornitos with muddled lemons & limes.

Cocina Cadillac Margarita

8.00

Sauza Hornitos, Grand Marnier and fresh muddled fruit.

Cocina Especial Margarita

8.50

Chile Arbol infused tequila & fresh muddled fruit.

Margarita De Granada

8.50

Ginger infused silver tequila, pomegranate & lime

Scarlet – Orange Margarita

8.50

Milagro Silver tequila with blood orange, served up.

El Espadin Margarita

8.50

Vida mezcal, tamarind, orange on rocks & chile salted rim

House Sangria – glass

6.00

Red wine, brandy & spices

House Sangria – pitcher

16.00

Red wine, brandy & spices

Lime Drop

8.00

Monopolowa vodka, fresh squeezed lime, served up

Serrano Lime Drop

8.50

Chile infused vodka & fresh lime, served up

Mojito

8.50

Rum, muddled limes & mint with a splash of soda.

Spanish Coffee

9.00

Stumptown Coffee, 151rum, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, and cream.

Infusión de Tequila

8.00

Seasonal House infused tequila. Best served straight up. Ask about the flavor of infusion.

Mezcals

Varies

A variety of Del Maguey mezcals handcrafted in remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico

Tequila Martíni de Mango y Habanero

9.00

Tequila El Jimadór, mango puree & habanero syrup

Tequila Martíni de Pina y Chile

9.00

Chamacos Reposado, pineapple puree, lime & chile salted rim

Tequila Martíni de Café y Crema

9.00

Patrón Xo, crème de cacao, cream & dusting of chile

CERVEZA bottle

3.75

Modelo Especial • Bohemia Victoria • Dos Equis • Amber Sol • Pacifico • Corona or Corona Light • Michelada • Tecate

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2135 SE Division Street
Portland, ORt 97202

Phone (503) 232-2135

Email info@nuestracocina.com

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