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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

    Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

    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 - http://merotoro.com/ . 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 http://www.paxia.com.mx/ - entrees seem to be between 150-200 pesos each.

            1. Pujol was excellent.

              Jaso was only so so. The wine list is extremely expensive and from what I could tell, very over-priced (many mediocre wines marked up enormously). I also felt like Jaso is a showcase for their catering wing - didn't like walking in for dinner through a cake shop - just not the energy or smells I want before a fancy dinner.

              88 Newton, Mexico City 11570, MX

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              1. re: lalaw05

                Did you try Sud 777? Seriously great food and beautiful room.

                Sud 777
                Blvd de la Luz 777, Mexico City 01900, MX

              2. Como restaurant is the best restaurant in mexico city.
                Aristoteles 239 Entre horacio y homero. Dont miss it, the best kept secret in polanco. Enjoy!

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                1. re: danielinmex

                  for high end dinners def pujol, jaso and try biko (for me the best out of the 3)
                  also try dulce patria is ok,
                  for fish try puntarenas (to change from contramar, located in palmas)
                  and for some not very expensive mexican food try el cardenal amazing traditional mexican food at low price .
                  sud777 bad food, nice place
                  good tapas try jaleo in polanco and also try la rosseta in roma for very good food

                2. I wanted to update this post after my annual trip to Mexico City last week. This year we ate at Biko, Pujol, Izote and Contramar (and Califa tacos). Biko was the best meal, best service and nicest room.

                  Pujol was off its mark this year. I thought the service was a bit too disinterested, and had lost its polished unintrusive but attentive perfection of years past. My three dining mates all had the set menu, and none of them raved (except for the soup, which they loved). The portions were all tiny and it didn't feel like dinner, but more like passed canapes at a cocktail party. They were nonplussed. My dinner was fine.

                  I liked Izote and thought the food was very good. My friend was not as impressed. He loved Contramar, which was as excellent as it always is.

                  Hopefully Pujol was just having an off night as it is one of my favorite restaurants.