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Oct 17, 2010 02:06 AM

Pujol, Contramar, Califa, and ...? or ....?

I spend Thanksgiving in DF every year with whatever good friends want to join me. Last year two of us had a seriously amazing dinner at Pujol - from soup to nuts, including service, it was a wonderful dinner. Not inexpensive, but excellent.

This year, we are planning to go back to Pujol for our Friday fancy dinner. (If it's lost its luster please let me know!) Thursday dinner we don't have plans (maybe local tacos). Saturday we'll probably have a late lunch at Contramar.

Any other can't miss or really great places to eat? We are going to be in Condesa/Roma/Polanco the whole time probably. (Well there's Envy in Lomas on Friday night ... but that's later... and who know's where that will lead...)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. JASO in Polanco is a do-not-miss. The food, the desserts, the wine, the service: all top-notch. You will be amazed, I was. Make reservations if you are going for an evening meal.

    Newton #88
    Col. Polanco


    1. I'll put in a plug for Merotoro on Amsterdam in Condesa. Same owners as Contramar, executive chef is the chef/owner of Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja. I will also add that the best meal I've had in the last 5 years was at Laja. Here's the link - . Just remember, the menu prices are in pesos, not dollars :-)

      1. I went to Pujol on September 3 and its luster was brighter than ever. The wine, the food, the service, all were spot-on.

        I am a big fan of Pujol and have eaten there several times. For me it is the top restaurant in Mexico.

        I am a big fan of Contramar also and it would be perfect for a late lunch. If you make a reservation here, it must be done at least three days before the day you want, although you can walk in without a reso (but you might have to wait). I ate there also in September and it was perfect.

        I have also eaten at Jaso and loved it. But if I had to choose between Jaso and Pujol, it would not be a contest--Pujol wins every time for me.

        88 Newton, Mexico City 11570, MX

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        1. I was in Mexico City at the same time last year, and also had an exemplary meal at Pujol. However, running a close second was Azul y Oro, which is at UNAM. Because it is on the University campus, there is no alcohol allowed, but the food is fabulous, and Muniz-Zurita makes perhaps the best chocolate I have ever had.

          You should go.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Ditto that on the chocolate. If it's on the menu do try the Manchamanteles or the Chichilo, both are moles, tho' lesser known in the U.S. He does, hands down, the best versions of these 2 dishes I've eaten.

          2. One esteemed DF critic (I forget who) thinks Paxia is the most innovative restaurant in the city, it has locations in San Angel and Santa Fe. Very modern twist on Mexican food. Haven't been there myself but just wanted to offer the idea. Here's the website - entrees seem to be between 150-200 pesos each.