Having lived in Cuernavaca for decades it always surprises me how many great restaurants there are in the city. Having traveled the world extensively for decades and tried the regional foods at every opportunity, I am always open to trying out small, little known restaurants. When a friend recommended that I try a restaurant that she liked, I was all in for the experience.
What I found was a small family owned restaurant, that has it all – great food, service, ambiance and price. Restaurante El Asadero is such a place.
Forty years ago a young man opened El Asadero on Plan de Ayala in Cuernavaca. He no doubt struggled those first few years, but he persevered. El Asadero has survived and is today ran by his daughter, who is the hostess. and her husband, who cooks in the front of the restaurant.
There is no parking lot or valet parking and you will have to park on a side street as you can’t park in front of the restaurant. There is no air conditioning, but then it is not needed in Cuernavaca. The restaurant is small with only a few tables. The restaurant is located on one of the busiest streets in Cuernavaca and since it is open to the street, the noise is loud. But, none of this matters to those who eventually find the restaurant and its savory delights.
On the menu you will find the best grilled meats available in Cuernavaca – Costilla Asada, Arrachera (hanger steak), Rib Eye, Sirloin, Chistrorra, Chorizo Argentino, Salmon and more, all served with a sopecito, grilled onions and nopalitos. The servings are generous, so go with an appetite.
There are soft drinks, as well as wine, beer and tequila to drink and flan, helados, and nieves for dessert.
My dining companion and I sat in the front, next to the grill to watch our steaks being prepared. We both ordered the Arrachera, which is sometimes known as “butcher’s steak” because this is the most tender cut of beef it was for years kept by the butcher for themselves rather than offer it for sale. What they would sell is the left side which is smaller and tougher than the right side. It is considered a “bistro steak” and prized for its flavor.
As a rule, Arrachera is typically not as good in the south of Mexico as it is in the North, perhaps due to the aging and marination process. However, my companion and I were amazed at the quality, tenderness and flavor of the Arrachera at El Asadero and agreed it was the best we have had.
Tonight, we will return to El Asadero with another companion and perhaps we will try the Sirloin or the Rib Eye, which I will report on in another review.
We would highly recommend El Asadero to those who love great steaks at a reasonable price.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 3:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 3:00 to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Plan De Ayala 504
Cuernavaca, Moreles, 62410, Mexico
Next door to Pollo Feliz