Cosecha is housed in the newly renovated Swans Building in Downtown Oakland, next to Miss Ollie’s, Taylor’s Sausage, and Rosamunde. Yup, they’re all in that very same building. Cosecha is inviting right from the jump, with its sliding glass garage doors that catch and direct any breeze into its spaciousness and flow over its finished concrete floors. Only problem is, for me anyway, it’s a Mexican food joint without any Mexican people eating in there. That’s always a red flag. But, maybe it’s because it’s so fancy, so let’s give it a try anyway.
I ordered their blue plate special, denied. They were out. I’m two-for-two. I shall settle on their two tacos and an aqua fresca for $9 deal. Had I really given it some thought, and not ordered in a hunger-starved panic? Two tacos and a drink for $9? Alas, the tacos were delicious. The braised beef was, of course, tender. Large chunks of meat served in its beef-hulking cherrywood-coloured sauce and topped with white onion and cilantro on a homade corn tortilla. This crinkly-looking tortilla so fresh the smell of freshly ground corn permeates through your nostrils long before your taste buds have had a chance to analyze. Toothsome, textured and yet velutinous like a succulent’s leaves. The braised pork? Equally delicious. Melting puerco with a smoky cumino sauce with pickled red onion (necessary) and cilantro.
Four bites and I was done. I dared my best friend to request a bite. I did offer some of my aqua fresca, as it was warm and crazy acidic. Yes, it was strawberry and lime- lime is acidic. But, this was starting to put my stomach into remission and thus had to back off. You buss your own dishes. You stare at the knife and bits of food confetti-ed on the floor during a slow period of customers. You listen to the music. And basically what you have is a restaurant that, in any other location, would be your standard taqueria and the meal around $5. But, this one is shrouded in a fancy building and so, you have been hoodwinked out of $9.