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Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

Pujol2010_0361 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (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.

 

Pujol_005 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   the 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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Pujol_006 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (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.

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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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Pujol_004 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (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.

Pujol_010 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   Heirloom 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

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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.

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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.

Pujol_000 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo The very skilled team that makes it happen)
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Pujol_017 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo Super Chef Enrrique Olvera © Pujol)
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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_-003 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Fruit salad with topped with grated cheese
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-008 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Foreground – chiles cereza ; Background – chiles mora (measures about 4 cm in length)
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Mercado-de-San-Juan_-013 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Familia Taco Placero stall 191, 208 & 209
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Dulce Patria – Mexico City, Mexico

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Agua Prehispanica with lime, chia seeds and maguey honey

Dulce Patria

(52) 55 –  3300 3999
Anatole France 100 Col. Polanco
Mexico D.F. 11560

www.dulcepatriamexico.com

OPEN HOURS:
1:30 pm – 11:30pm  Monday – Saturday
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm   Sundays

 

We came to know Dulce Patria thanks Christina Potters of Mexico Cooks, whilst researching restaurants for our visit to DF.  We owe Christina a large debt of gratitude for this wonderful recommendation; for in a city that reverberates flavor, Dulce Patria topped our list overflowing with colors, tastes, visuals and passion.

From the moment you enter and are greeted by the smiling hostess, in her Frida Kahlo-esque attire, your vision is overwhelmed with a smashingly bright pink floor.  As your eyes begin to lift, you are transported into the fantastic world of chef/owner Martha Ortiz.  Destined for a journey in Willy Wonka style – where plate after stunningly beautiful plate leaves your eyes wide with wonder..

The series of unique presentations, flavors and elaborations are drawn from the profound cultural and artistic Mexican heritage. It is not only the first impact when a plate is placed on the table, but the myriad of surprises doled out by every bite and the elaborate story behind every dish. It really is a delight to experience a menu that has been deeply conceptualized.  If you ever find yourself at Dulce Patria, don’t hold back.  Order of each part of the menu and just enjoy.

We would also like to offer thanks to the incredibly knowledgeable, patient and graceful staff.  They were happy to help educate us -explaining the different cooking techniques, their cultural background, as well as a detailed translation of every ingredient unknown to our vocabulary.

The menu begins with a list of designer cocktails, margaritas, tequilas and mezcals.  Each one more seductive then the last.  There is also a beautiful selection of Aguas Frescas – the traditional infusions of Mexico flavored with fruits, nuts, herbs and spices.  Imagine something between a juice and an Iced tea but far more interesting.

Martha Ortiz / Chapa is co-author of eight cook-books: Cocina regia, encuentro con los sabores de Nuevo León, Sabor a independencia, cocina de Querétaro,  Sabor a eternidad, cocina de Tlaxcala (awarded with the 1992 Benjamin Franklin award); El real sabor, cocina de Hidalgo; El sabor del Edén, cocina de Tabasco, Cocina, nutrición y salud (winner of the Quórum price 2000), and Cocina de Sinaloa (winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the silver medal of the Quórum 2003 prize).

She is currently working on “México que a todo sabes”  and “El secreto de los labios, la caricia del maíz” con Laura Esquivel and Guillermo Kahlo. Martha has also collaborated with Raymundo Sesma in a piece  “The Last Supper”  for the  (Venice Biennale, 1993).

The menu is very accessible with many vegetarian options and some that are tough to classify (Ant Eggs?).  Highlights for us were the Robalo Ajochile (sea-bass) over a hoja santa tamal and verdolagas sauce, the Mole enchiladas filled with plantain with requeson and beans and the Salad of red and green jitomates with crispy Parmesan cheese and crunchy chapulines (grasshoppers).

The photos below speak for themselves, but know that each dish’s aesthetic is eclipsed by its flavor;  and that for all its beauty, artistry and glamour, Dulce Patria exudes a feeling of love and acceptance;  A warmth that is often lacking in upscale establishments.  Kudos to one of our favorite restaurants we’ve found world-wide.

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  Guacamole-tricolor Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   (above photo guacamole ©  Dulce Patria)

 

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Guacamole with fresh cheese and pomegranate seeds

Dulce-Patria_021 Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   Crispy tostadas topped with escabeche salmon sprinkled  with chipotle sauce and chili cora reduction drops. Usually we are not big fans of cooked salmon, but the consistency and moisture were so perfect, can’t wait to have it again; hope it remains in the menu.

Dulce-Patria_017 Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   Cebiche de coco y rosas, white fish ceviche with jicama lime marinated in coconut milk served with  rose sorbet drisseld  a vinaigrette of tuna (cactus flower), garnished with rose gelatine.

Dulce-Patria_018 Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   Torta Exotica, egg tortilla with escamoles (ant larvae harvested from the roots of the agave or maguey plant) and maguey blossoms.

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On our first visit to Dulce Patria we where were all a bit undecided for our main course, due to the overwhelming amount of new flavor varieties to our palates.  The kitchen rescued us with a mole sampler to help us decide and learn the difference between Mexico’s different Moles.  Well, it worked on the educational level, but not on the decision making, as all the moles were so delicious and different we wanted them all!

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Dulce-Patria_032 Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   Cream of pumpkin blossoms and turmeric with toasted almonds and chile poblano
Dulce-Patria_035 Dulce Patria  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Polanco Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food DF   Frida Kahlo dessert of rompope (eggnog) panna cotta in a mandarin tequila sauce
with tobacco ice cream garnished with pine nuts and cacao.
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(above photo, coconut milk flan © Dulce Patria)
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(above photo, María va a la florería © Dulce Patria)
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Selection of sangritas: left to right;  Green tomatillo with diced jicama, pineapple and jicama, beet and diced cucumber.  Sangrita is another of our passionate pleasures and the staff happily brought out a sampling for us!

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From  left to right: Dulce Patria Margarita with tuna rosa (cactus flower) and golden Sugar, Agua Prehispanica with lime, chia seeds and maguey honey Miracle pistachio horchata

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El Parnita – Mexico City, Mexico

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El Parnita

(52) 55 –  5264 7551
Yucatán 84, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc
Mexico D.F. 06700

www.elparnita.com

OPEN HOURS:
1:00 pm – 6:00pm  Tuesday – Sunday

When we were looking for a quick place to grab a good-bye bite with a friend, he quickly brought us to El Parnita.  A very casual hip antojería (‘place for little cravings’).  Located in the north of the Roma neighborhood, be sure to take a lace in the nice outdoor sitting area which is just perfect for a sunny afternoon of micheladas; which are a super refreshing mix of beer, special chilies and lime served in colorful tin mugs.

On arrival, jicama stalks – a super delicious crispy and refreshing root – are brought to the table to munch on while you explore the menu.  There is a nice mix of delicious,  tacos, tortas (sandwiches), and tlacoyitos – a thick stuffed corn masa pastie in an elongated oval shape, (not very attractive looking but tasty!).  We quite enjoyed the Taco of zucchini blossom and the Oaxaca cheese with onion avocado and salsas.

It all really comes to the salsas, which constantly change in flavor and color.  The menu also has daily soup & taco as well as salads and desserts.  So repeated visits may be warranted!
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El-Parnita-006 El Parnita  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Vegetarian Tacos Roma Norte Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food   Background: Carmelita tacos – breaded shrimp, red onion, mayonnaise, lettuce and salsa;
Foreground: Panelita taco – Panela cheese,black beans onion and salsas

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El Tábano – Tulum, Mexico

El Tábano

(52) 984 134 8725
Carrettera Boca Paila Km 5.
77780 Tulum, Mexicoo

eltabano.teatrobar@yahoo.com

OPEN HOURS:
8:00 am – 10:00pm Daily

El Tábano is first on the list of many a foodie review of Tulum.  So it was with some excitement that we ducked through the driftwood gate, into the open garden littered with tables and easing with well curated music.  The short answer is that El Tábano has by far the best dining in the area and owners Paf and Laura deserve all the kudos they receive.

Our lead was the cold tomatoe and papaya gazpacho.  Spectacularly refreshing, cool and sweet it was an instant winner, reinvigorating the palate on a hot afternoon.  Next the plates started coming quickly, a fresh guacamole salad, an organic bean salad, huitlacoche crepes, chili ancho stuffed with shrimp and nuts – each plate radiating forth with its own perfumed flavor contour, as dishes in Mexico tend to do.

The fresh fish tacos were quite good, but not quite as mind-boggling as those from the Viceroy in Playa del Carmen, which are very very very hard to top.  A highlight was the hot pepper salsa which was made fresh on our request.  The tomatillos and chillies were still warm from the stove top!

The menu changes consistently, and is quite malleable, as it is only chalk on the large blackboards by the entrance; easily alterable.  It is good to arrive early as items are only available until they run out, which they did 3 of the 3 times we were there.  Pricing is quite reasonable and many of the ingredients organic.  El Tábano was also where we were able to purchase the flowery local Yucatan honey (you should do this too!).

In the evenings bug spray and/or long pants and chosed shoes are recommended for dinner.  As you are dining in a garden, there are plenty mosquitoes at night.  Though as we forgot, the waiter was on-hand with a solution!  The staff is relaxed and friendly, happily chatting about each dish.  If you find yourself in Tulum, for everyone’s benefit, please remember that you are in the Caribbean, and probably in need of a vacation.  So please don’t get short if the staff runs at a slightly slower speed then they do at home.

~abv

Avocado, Mint, Cucumber Soup
Fresh Hot Pepper & Tomatillo Salsa
Fish Tacos
Plantain Rolls filled with Cheese
Roasted tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Diced Apples