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Restaurant Pujol

Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

Restaurant Pujol(above photo © Pujol)

PUJOL

(52) 5 545 3507
Francisco Petrarca 254 Polanco
México, D.F. 11570

www.pujol.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
2:00 pm – 3:30pm  Monday – Saturday
8:00 pm – 10:30pm  Monday – Saturday

The above photo illustrates the combination of traditional and modern culinary thought  by celebrated chef Enrique Olvera.  Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America Snr. Olvera set himself back in the culinary mecca of DF.   Rather then imitating the New York food scene, Enrique opened Pujol with a daring approach – combing modern culinary techniques with the traditional ancient jewels of Mexican cuisine.

You can taste his success, but if you are looking for rankings, in 2012 Pujol ranked number 36th best restaurant in the world.  In 2014 we see a big jump up to number 20.  Kudos to well deserved accolades.

Pujol offers two tasting menus: ocean and earth.  We ordered both, only adjusting Earth to be vegetarian.  Thankfully – and contrary to many cities – this request was not an issue; quite contrary, the chef was pleased to adapt and create special courses for us.

As an overture to our evening we were presented with perfectly round pumpkin emitting a aromatic smoke.  Inside, to our delight, were smoked elotes skewers (baby corns) with a dipping coffee mayonnaise and ant dust.

An then the parade of mezcals and memorable delights began, starting with an extensive list of mezcals and the best sangritas we had in all of Mexico!

Service was to the top, no pretension and just lovely service. Again, like  Biko and Dulce Patria, the sommeliers and waiters, were educated patient and knowledgeable; giving detailed descriptions and answers to our endless list of questions.

 

Restaurant Pujolthe salsas

From left to right:
Salsa Roja: roasted garlic, onion, manzano and habanero chiles
Salsa Yucateca: pumpkin seeds, chamomile, lime and cilantro
Salsa Verde: habanero chiles, cilantro with its roots y and tomatillo

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Restaurant Pujol(above photo chicharron de queso © Pujol)

Chicharron de Queso is a cheese tuile topped with three different avocado puree; one with chapulines (grasshoppers); the second one with pico de gallo (fresh chopped red onion, tomato, chile and lime) and the third avocado pure topped with tomatillo, cilntro and a bit of green chile.

Flautas de aguacate rellenes de camaron cristal

Flautas de aguacate rellenes de camaron cristal(above photo flauta de Aguacte © Pujol)

Thin avocado slices replacing a traditional deep fried flauta tortilla, filled with shrimp and octopus and a crunchy surprise, along with a chipotle mayonnaise on cilantro emulsion

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Restaurant Pujol(above photo © Pujol)

Inflaita de huevo is an inflated fried tortilla filled with potato mousse, a little bit of black bean puree, red chile sauce with chapulines (grasshoppers) and wild cilantro topped with a perfectly cooked egg.  Yes it is a sous vide cooked egg – perfect texture all around.

Restaurant PujolHeirloom tomato salad with breaded Oaxaca cheese balls resting over avocado puree, fried tomato skin, bean leafs, sesame and chili vinaigrette.  On this dish the fried tomato skin was a revelation on color, texture and flavor

Restaurant Pujol(above photo Pulpo a la Mexicana© Pujol)

One grilled octopus tentacle tempura’d on one end and topped with pico de gallo (fresh chopped red onion, tomato, chile and lime) on the other.  Adorned with olive sauce and basil reduction.

This dish has a striking presentation and is cooked point to perfection.  This is one of the menu items were you can clearly appreciate the quality and freshness of the ingredients and see where the top ranking is deserved.

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Fish (robalo) ceviche taco; the tortilla was made with chayote and hoja santa topped with black bean puree, serrano chile, totomoxtle (the dried husk of an ear of corn) powder and dry chiles with lime juice.

Pujol_above photo © Adam Goldberg

Pan seared Guachinango (red snapper) with ginger orange mojo (garlic sauce) and tatemado (tatemar is a special charring technique in Mexican culinary that utilizes a cast iron pan)  male plantain and onion puree

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Thinly blown sugar sphere filled with piloncillo  (unrefined sugar that is commonly used in Mexican cooking), ice cream and guava puree.  It is topped with tiny lime meringues, peanut powder, amaranth crumble and mandarin gelatin.

We don’t know what was more impressive, the texture or the flavours – not to mention the super skilled pastry kitchen, blowing sugar so thin and perfect requires years of practice and patience.

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Cremoso de Aguacate is an avocado cream with salted macadamias coconut ice cream almond crumble  and coconut gelatin

 

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Caramelized camote (sweet potato) crunchy amaranth tuile, yogurt ice cream, milk panacotta y  guayabato (large guava with pink flesh) puree all the ingredients complemented each other seamlessly.

 

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Lime margarita granita with cointreau cream and meringues topped with lemon zest and  begonia dragon petals, not only beautiful but very refreshing like a bowl of snow.

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At the very end of our meal we had the Chipilín Sorbet.  Chipilin in an herb similar to the verdolaga and it grows in southern Mexico places like Chiapas and Oaxaca. It was flambe’d in mescal in a colorful last performance.

Restaurant Pujol Kitchen(above photo The very skilled team that makes it happen)
Restaurant Pujol Kitchen(above photo The Sous Chef)
Pujol Chef(above photo Super Chef Enrrique Olvera © Pujol)
Restaurant Pujol(above photo © Pujol) 

Bonito Pop Food – Mexico City, Mexico

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Bonito Pop Food

(52) 55 286 6165
Av. Nuevo Leon 103
Hipodromo de la Condesa
Mexico City, DF 06100

www.bonito.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
12:00m  – 6:00pm    Sunday & Monday
11:00am – 7:00pm    Tuesday – Saturday

In the very chic neighborhood of Condesa, in a lovely space – originally designed in 1939 by architect Luis Barragan – one finds the cute Bonito Pop Food.

The entry is dominated by a lovely mural with sculpted ceramic birds, making way into four individual spaces: an intimate hidden at a corner, a second floor with windows overlooking the main patio, a 2nd patio with very tall ceiling – head here for a  super decked bar with an amazing variety of Mezcal (including our favorite Mezcal Rojo Corazón) and many tequilas – and finally a terrace at the back of the venue with full view.

Bonito Pop food is a good place to go for drinks; but like many places in DF you are asked to consume food as well due to the liquor license laws.   It seems that acquiring a bar license is much more difficult then a restaurant with liqueur permit.

The menu here is not the most exciting – centering around burgers, pastas, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and a few Mexican classics – but the service is warm and welcoming .   There are certainly worse places to while away an afternoon!

 

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Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen – Mexico City

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Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen

Arcos de Belem y Lopez
Centro 06010, México, D.F.

Mexico city has numerous food markets and some of them share the same name, which makes it a bit difficult for the visitor to get to the desired destinations.  The Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Belén,  is different from the famous Mercado de San Juan – which was our destination.  Since we were never able to get a set address and following a multitude of different directions, we found ourselves at here.  Funny enough, it was after a few days later that we realizes it was a different Mercado de San Juan!!!

Fortunately our surprise detour brought us to roughly 125 square meters and 400 stales of fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, nuts & seeds, meats, chiles, moles, juices and so on.  At first the view of hanging strings with colorful plastic bags and signs everywhere advertising all the wonders of a traditional Mexican food market was a bit overwhelming.

After walking the through all the stimulating aisles of market, we decided to eat at Gloria y Familia Taco Placero located in stalls 191, 208 & 209.  Her selection of prepared foods grilled vegetables, rices, stewed huitlacoche, salsas, salads, tamales, beans and soups, seduced our senses each time we passed by.  It was also appeared as the most veggie friendly place with its series of ceramic trays displaying all kinds of delectables.

Our lunch really consisted of food that could be used as vehicles for all the different hot sauces.  Gloria had at least 10 different kind of freshly made salsas and hot sauces in her booth; all delicious and full of happiness!  So much so, that at the end, we asked here to fill our empty water bottles to carry these bursting flavors with us.

We ate grilled nopal cactus, sated onions, yellow rice and vegetable rice, many herbs native to Mexico, as well as stuffed poblano chiles, tamal (a corn based dough wrapped in a leaf, which is steamed or boiled) and elote.

After lunch, we stopped at a few stalls to buy moles and chiles. Our favorite stall being Moles Sarita (55182235) stalls 194 & 195.  Here we stuffed our bags with a generous sampler of moles and chiles.  In general every place we inquired the people seemed friendly and prompt to answer our many questions regarding names, origins and usages on all the wonderful foods.

Mercado-de-San-Juan_-003Fruit salad with topped with grated cheese
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-008Foreground – chiles cereza ; Background – chiles mora (measures about 4 cm in length)
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-007Chile de arbol – very spicy!!
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-013Familia Taco Placero stall 191, 208 & 209
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-012Familia Taco Placero stall 191, 208 & 209
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-016aFamilia Taco Placero stall 191, 208 & 209
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-014Scrambled eggs with nopal

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Mercado-de-San-Juan_-006Moles Sarita, stalls 194 & 195
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-005 Moles Sarita, stalls 194 & 195

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