The Village’s new restaurant is a Mexican underground hideaway
The Village residential development in Dallas has another restaurant leaving the track. Called La Mina, it now serves regional Mexican cuisine and agave cocktails in an underground location under the Drey Hotel at 5630 Village Glen Dr. for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and weekend brunch.
The chef is Tony Ibarra, who grew up in El Paso, attended the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale and has worked at must-see establishments such as Petra and the Beast, FT33, CBD Provisions, Small Brewpub, Proof & Pantry and Nana.
The menu includes:
- poached shrimps with mezcal, cucumber, radish and avocado
- hamachi with tamarind, coconut milk, jalapeño and shallots
- Norteño braised beef, refried beans and corn tlayuda
- Veracruz fish cooked in a banana leaf with capers, olives, tomato, potato and calabaza
- Braised pork shoulder with peppers, served with mayocoba and rosado beans
- tacos cochinita pibil
- chilaquiles rojos with cochinita pibíl or pollo borracho
- enchiladas, chicken or cheese and peppers
Desserts by pastry chef David Madrid include a tres leches parfait with winter fruits and a crispy pepita meringue; chocoflan with Amarena cherries; and dark chocolate churros and cajeta.
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, with its own menu, including chilaquiles rojos with cochinita pibíl or pollo borracho; eggs in mole amarillo; chorizo and potato mince; and French toast soaked in horchata.
A full bar offers nine house cocktails, draft wine, bottled beer, and espresso drinks.
A special feature: they make their own tortillas. “Using ancient corn from Mexico and nixtamalising it in-house has been a fun process that we’re excited to share with everyone,” said Junior Borges, Village Culinary Vice President.
The restaurant, which seats 88 indoors, 24 seats at the bar and 24 others on the terrace, is the Village’s third grand opening, after Anise and Meridian.
Village Vice President of Food and Beverage Casie Caldwell explains the name.
“La Mina, which means ‘the mine’ in Spanish, is our hidden gem in the Village,” Caldwell says. “The underground location really makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a truly special place. It gives our guests a sense of escape from the big city, while enjoying great regional Mexican food and cocktails at the agave.”