On a Thursday night, we entered a packed, vibrant and welcoming restaurant called Casi Cielo. Also known as, Casi Cielo Cocina Mexicana – this restaurant is one of the new additions in the Modera complex on Roswell Rd in Atlanta, GA.
This upscale restaurant strives to bring the taste of Oaxaca, Mexico to Metro Atlanta. We knew we were in for something good because Casi Cielo operates under the same group that operates La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant – which we happen to love and dine at frequently. Neither of us had experienced cuisine from this region of Mexico prior to our visit to Casi Cielo, so we were excited to explore the menu.
The interior of Casi Cielo is gorgeous. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with warm wood tones combined with a modern space that makes you feel right at home.
Drinks, Drinks, Drinks
We started off with an excellent cocktail, freshly made from scratch, and a delicious Rice Milk concoction. The Chilerita Margarita featured Herradura Silver tequila, framboise, chamoy, lime juice, muddled orange, and Valentina rimmed grasshopper salt. While the non-alcoholic Rice milk was perfectly seasoned and topped off with cinnamon. Both drinks are delicious and a must-try!
Chips & Salsa Crafted with Authenticity
Following our drinks, complimentary chips and salsa were provided. The blue chips are made the authentic way, without being fried. They come with flavorful green and smoky red salsas which have a little kick to them. We can normally tell if we’re going to like a Mexican restaurant by how the salsa tastes, and it was on point.
Casi Cielo’s menu is divided into four sections called “Momento’s” and we decided to choose one dish from each section a.k.a. Momento.
The First “Momento”
Warm blue corn tortillas are served with the Burrata Al Josper. Wow! This dish is really good and we devoured it within a few minutes. It reminded us of Shakshuka. Shakshuka is a middle-eastern dish, made with egg, that Tammy’s had many times while living in Istanbul.
The Second “Momento”
The Tlayuda Garden of Oaxaca came out next. Handmade corn tostadas served with yummy red and green sauce. The Tlayuda was almost too pretty to eat. The black bean purée, Oaxaca cheese, asiento de credo, cherry tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado, and microgreens topped this dish. Traditionally, these are made much larger in Oaxaca to feed large families. However, the smaller size version served here still offers up a delicious combination of flavors. We got the veggie, but meat and shrimp options are available.
The Third “Momento”.
The Tacos de tuétano followed next. Tacos de Tuetano, or bone marrow tacos, are the bestselling item on the menu and we can see why. Bone marrow tacos are a treat you don’t find often in America. Casi Cielo offers this roasted beef bone marrow, lamb with chimichurri and it did not disappoint. It was very tender and extremely flavorful.
The Fourth “Momento”
The Coliflor al Josper was the final dish. It looks, smells and tastes amazing. Roasted cauliflower is perfectly seasoned with piperrada, lemon, chile powder, guajillo oil, and pumpkin seeds. We both love cauliflower so this dish didn’t have a chance of having any leftovers! It’s perfectly roasted and seasoned. We really enjoyed this dish.
After a delicious meal, we finished off our Casi Cielo dining experience with the Postre de Verano. This dessert was light, fluffy and the perfect sweetness. We could’ve easily eaten three of these. Definitely, don’t share and get your own!
Expert tip: We recommend starting with one of the handmade margarita drinks as soon as you arrive. Then end your meal with one of the yummy desserts.
Vegetarian selections: Ensalada Tume, Milhojas de Verduras, Guacamole frito, Burrata al carbon, Chile poblano, Tlayuda Garden of Oaxaca.
We’ve never had any Mexican experience quite like this. Everything was so fresh. The combination of ingredients were amazing. If you’re looking for Tex-Mex this spot is not for you. But, if you’re looking for a unique Mexican experience presented beautifully in a warm upscale atmosphere definitely give Casi Cielo a try.
6125 Roswell Rd #200, Atlanta, GA 30328
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