Mexico City means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people think of the museums and for others, the street food. Over the years, Mexico City has come to be known as a tourist-friendly city, with a new wave of people flocking to this charming city. The artsy streets, buildings and parks with the pure and palpable friendliness of locals and of course the distinctiveness found in its culinary creations, has made it a truly wonderful vacation destination. From $1 tacos and tostadas found in the sprawling, local markets, to more serious spots offer the best in fine dining, the food here left a major mark.
Pujol, run by chef Enrique Olvera is considered to be one of the best in Mexico City by the Wall Street Journal. Ferran Adrià once said, “There was Mexican food before Enrique Olvera and Mexican food after Enrique Olvera.” Chef Olvera trained at the Culinary Institute of America and apart from running the restaurant, also oversees the onboard menu for business class passengers travelling via Aeromexico. Pujol serves Mexican cuisine but as molecular gastronomy. An Haute-dining experience, Pujol offers a fusion of pre-Hispanic ingredients and cutting-edge techniques to infuse new flavours like huitlacoche (inky black corn fungus) with molleja (gizzard) and chicken liver, into mole, aged for 1,000 days. The restaurant has a modern interior with a special taco bar. You get a choice of 2 seven courses menus to choose from (Corn or Sea).
⇒ Address: Tennyson 133, Polanco V Sección, C.P. 11560, CDMX, México
Run by chef Martha Ortiz, the daughter of Mexican artist Martha Chapa, Dulce Patria (Sweet Homeland) restaurant makes up part of Las Alcobas boutique hotel in Polanco. Chef Ortiz channels the spirit of artist Frida Kahlo with an avant-garde interior design that is as colourful and creative as the modern Mexican food she serves. Feminine, exuberant and wonderfully idiosyncratic, Dulce Patria is packed full of character from the chilled horchata cocktail to the petits fours served on a plate under a wooden carousel horse sculpture. The food is vibrant, bold and unapologetically Mexican. You’ll find delicious quesadillas, ceviches, tostadas and salads, with deserts served in miniature children's carousels loaded with Mexican sweets and chocolates.
⇒ Address: Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Mexico
The place that makes you realise that ant larvae can really be a delicacy. Experience an ultramodern take on Mexican cuisine with former Pujol chef Jorge Vallejo. The ingredients used are fairly traditional and locally sourced. Cactus, tamales, mole, trout and escamoles (Mexican caviar) are used to create truly unique dishes. We recommend ordering the tasting menu, no matter how outlandish it may seem, trust us on this one. The restaurant has a low-key vibe despite being upscale but make no mistake, the restaurant is refined right down to the soaps in the bathroom.
⇒ Address: Av. Isaac Newton 55, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico