Oculto by El Arrayan
Oculto by El Arrayan
5
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Cooking class,includes: recipe book in English, El Arrayan apron, food preparation with the chef Carmen Porras lunch with a cocktail or a glass of Mexican wine.Hands on if you like to, learn how to make fresh salsas, tamales,traditional mexican desserts, and much more!! Class is taught in English, price is per person in Pesos.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Rita M
Philadelphia, PA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The cooking classes offered by Carmen at Oculto/El Arrayan are the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer. She is an expert in the many cuisines of Mexico and the experience is entertaining, informative and utterly delicious. Carmen and her chef led us through the steps of making a mole from Puebla, several salsas, and a delectable flan de rompope for dessert. This was by far the best mole that I have ever tasted, utterly amazing. Along the way they explained in depth which ingredients are the best and some highlights of their histories. This is only one of many menus offered as the content of the class so I will definitely need to return. When the food preparation is completed, the class shares the meal at their beautiful communal dining table, accompanied by their signature cocktails. The atmosphere that they create is so convivial that we came away with not only a great memory but several new friends. If you want to take a cooking class while visiting Puerto Vallarta, make it this one. You will love it.
Written 23 April 2022
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Peter T
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Great authentic Mexican food and warm and friendly service from the two owners and their staff. We loved the everything about this restaurant. For appetizers we enjoyed DUCK TOSTADAS and QUESO FUNDIDO followed by SMOKED PORK RIBS and ARRAYÁN CHEESE CAKE. Yum. Strongly recommend this restaurant. We’ll definitely return.
Written 9 March 2020
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Doris G
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The food was delicious, the teacher (Carmen) was both fun and informative, and the small group worked well together. Learned a lot about the food and the culture behind it. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes Mexican food.
Written 24 January 2020
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irisheyesvictoria
Campbell River, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This particular class started with breakfast at a local authentically-Mexican restaurant, followed by a trip to the local market to learn about ingredients and then to El Arroyan for cooking of: an appetizer, main, salsa, dessert and tortillas. Maximum 8 per class was perfect; a very comfortable van took us around town. El Arroyan owner Carmen was patient with our various skill levels and our many questions. The kitchen was spacious and clean and the food delicious! We all sat down for a cocktail to eat the fruits of our labour and chat at the end. It doesn’t get better than this!
Written 6 January 2020
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Marc G
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
We haven’t eaten here for two years and it was just as good as we remembered. Service was outstanding, as well. We had pulled pork and mahi mahi. Both outstanding. Had a little left over that made an excellent tostado the next day. Don’t miss this little gem.
Written 21 December 2019
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Hal M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Carmen, enjoys instructing groups during this 3.0-3.5 hour classes. The 4 stage menu planning is well thought out, with appetizer, entrée, dessert and a salsa. At the end of the class everyone sits and samples the dishes that were prepared in the class. She has a downloadable PDF listing of class menus for the season. And most interesting is that she gives a running dialogue of the history of the food of Mexico, interspersed with some history of her country. It's very interesting and worthwhile. I highly recommend taking one of her classes.
Written 5 December 2019
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amychadwick
Bend, OR15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My mother, her boyfriend, and I were at Arrayan for a cooking class with Carmen. The class had my favorite dish on the menu, chile rellenos. Carmen was very professional and ran a tight ship in her kitchen. I almost felt nervous cutting the sweet potatoes since I have pretty terrible knife skills, but she was encouraging and funny about the process. I was very pleased that we stuffed the peppers with potato and cheese. Delish! She also taught us about the origin of some of the chili's and had knowledge about medicinal uses for herbs and plants.
The appetizer were sopes with mushrooms, pasilla chilis, and cheese. Ridiculous. The dessert was caramelized sweet potatoes with a delicate syrup and homemade ice cream. Overall the class was fun, educational, and worth the money.
Written 9 November 2019
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Rickyardo
San Diego, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Usually for me the second time you eat somewhere that you liked the first time you visited doesn't live up to your initial experience. El Arrayan was one of the few exceptions. Great food and the owners and staff make the experience that more special. Try to go on one of the nights that they have live music and you will agree!
Written 6 August 2019
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Susan S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
It was such a great experience with a wonderful teacher and chef. Learned who to make one of my favorite dishes.
Written 19 April 2019
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mktgmaven
Minneapolis, MN32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Amazing experience! The restaurant closes during the day so your lesson takes place in the restaurant kitchen. Carmen, the owner not only conducts the cooking class, she also teaches you all about the quality of the ingredients, their sources, and what to look for. Students get hands on experience from chopping to learning how to cook, clean and use roasted vegetables. Her on going commentary and in depth knowledge of the best of mexican cuisine truly makes the class memorable. I cant wait to make chilis nogada and homemade corn totillas and sopas at home! Don't miss it!
Written 10 March 2019
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Thank you very much for your positive, encouraging words. It is great to hear that you had a good experience! We will share this review with our entire team to motivate them to keep going.
Written 11 March 2019
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