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Seeking feedback on Casa Mexico and Oca in D.F.

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I hear two new restaurants have opened in D.F. since I was last there. Casa Mexico in the Zona Rosa and Oca in Polanco. I am returning to my favorite city for a few days next month and wonder if either place should be on my list of dining destinations. I sure would like to hear from anyone who has dined at either restaurant. I have read the Washington Post review from January 31 but am looking for additional personal experiences. Thanks!

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Casa Mexico
Genova 70, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06600, MX

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  1. I've dined at both, and loved them. Info and pics on Oca here: http://lesleytellez.wordpress.com/200... .... And Casa Mexico here: http://lesleytellez.wordpress.com/201...

    They're both very different experiences -- it depends on what you're in the mood for. Oca is fabulous but it's not explicitly Mexican. The menu is more Mediterranean influenced, and a little more cutting edge and modern than Casa Mexico. (For example: Oca's amuse bouche is crystalized squash flowers!) Also, it's a lot more expensive than Casa. But worth it, IMO.

    Casa Mexico's biggest strength is its interesting regional Mexican dishes -- you won't find them on most Mexico City menus, and the prices are extremely affordable for the quality. I haven't been since January so they may have changed or updated the menu. But the last time I was there, I loved it. The service can be a little inconsistent, but you have to adjust your expectations for Mexico City and not the U.S. For DF, the service is pretty good.

    You should definitely visit one of the two. And if you have time, squeeze in a visit to Charro in Condesa. It's a high-end, kind of whimsical take on Mexican food, at slightly lower prices than what you'd pay at Pujol. I'm blogging about it soon -- if you go, you MUST get the sugar-dusted Oaxacan quesadillas with mole and chocolate. And an artisanal mescal, which they serve in a jícara, a hollowed-out gourd.

    Suerte! I'm interested to know how it goes, so send an update if you end up visiting these places.

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    Casa Mexico
    Genova 70, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06600, MX

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    1. re: danebaxter

      Gracias! Casa Mexico is definitely now on my list. On the subject of Pujol--I was planning on going there. I had to cancel my reservation last time I was in D.F. Is it worth it? Or would Charro be a better option? I wish I had enough time to hit all these places but I am only in D.F. for a long weekend and have some other favorite places I want to revisit.

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      Casa Mexico
      Genova 70, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06600, MX

      1. re: andybreav

        This goes contrary to what most people say, but I don't think Pujol is a must. Granted, the food there is quite good, and the wine list is excellent. Enrique Olvera definitely offers his own unique interpretation of Mexican food in terms of experimenting with molecular gastronomy. (For instance: the amuse there, the last time I went, was a "shot glass" of a quesadilla or a gringa -- basically a drink intended to taste just like the food.)

        To me, on my last two visits, the prices were a wee bit too high for the quality of the food. The kobe beef steak huarache was I think between $15 and $20 USD, and it didn't knock my socks off -- it really just made me want a street huarache. I'm not saying Pujol is bad, because I enjoyed the robalo tacos al pastor that I ordered. But there are so many other great places to try in this city that deserve their own spotlight, and that are cheaper. I'd say skip Pujol this time around and try some of those spots. And of course, you must have some street food when you're in town too. It'll help put everything in perspective. :-)

    2. Casa Mexico is closed, i have no more info.

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      Casa Mexico
      Genova 70, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06600, MX

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      1. re: mjs

        YES, IS WAS CLOSED AND THEY WILL NEVER OPEN IT AGAIN BEACAUSE THE PARTNERS HAD PROBLEMS, ONE OF THEM TOLD ME...AND THAT IS TOO BAD BECAUSE THEY HAD GREAT FOOD...