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Chef Ricardo Munoz Zurita now in Condesa - Azul in Condesa

Ruth in Condechi Jan 25, 2011 04:34 PM

I want to shout it from the roof tops, no need to go to the UNAM's CU campus to enjoy Chef Ricardo Munoz's excellent Mexican cuisine. Just get to Colonia Condesa and Av. Nuevo Leon # 68.
Chef Munoz is recreating his award winning Cafe Azul y Oro menu with prices that are so low they're amazing!
The setting is gorgeous with tropical plants and trees in almost every dining room, a smokers terrace and an extensive wine and cocktail selection, something that was always missing in the University Cafe.

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  1. Anonimo RE: Ruth in Condechi Jan 26, 2011 05:32 AM

    Thanks for this announcement, Ruth. (I saw your Twitter yesterday.)

    We are hoping to go to this new location for an early comida this Sunday. But I fear that it may be packed and difficult to get a table.


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      foodeye RE: Ruth in Condechi Jan 27, 2011 08:34 AM

      Interesting! Sounds good, though I have a couple of questions: Is there any way to predict when the Chef will be there instead of at UNAM? Are prices in Condesa as low as at UNAM?

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        Ruth in Condechi RE: foodeye Jan 27, 2011 01:09 PM

        The prices are the same as at the UNAM - Ricardo made a point of keeping the prices the same, as he put it he wants to make sure that everyone feels they can come.
        Right at the moment he's doing his Alma Jarocha festival and its exceptional food of Veracruz and the coast. Of course that's Ricardo's home state.

        And Ricardo will be there as often as he can from the late afternoon till closing at 1 A.M. and yes they have a full bar and wine list. No more having to just dream of having a libation with those wonderful food flavors.

        No breakfast - that's when he'll be at the UNAM campus but an incredible atmosphere and setting.
        Love it!

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          Anonimo RE: Ruth in Condechi Jan 27, 2011 04:09 PM

          Ruth, do you think it might be a long wait for a table Sunday afternoon?
          Also, is there a working website for the restaurants?


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        foodinspace RE: Ruth in Condechi Jan 28, 2011 05:28 AM

        Out of this world! I had the Pescado Veracruzana from the Alma Jarocha menu and it was simply outstanding. One of the best pieces of fish I've ever had! Actually, I was disappointed with the cochinita pibil I had at the UNAM location - just too oily for my taste - and I wanted to give the place another chance...and not have to go all the way to UNAM to get it! This place is great...atmosphere, service, food...exactly the same menu as the UNAM location. We were among the only diners there at 7pm on a Thursday night but by 9, 10 pm, the place was filling up.

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          DiningDiva RE: foodinspace Jan 28, 2011 07:31 AM

          I was in a class with Ricardo back in 2002 in which he taught his Veracruzana recipe. Lordy, was it good. It's pretty much the only recipe I use now when I make that dish :-)

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            ChefJune RE: DiningDiva Jan 31, 2011 12:02 PM

            I would LOVE to have that recipe, DD. Any chance you might share it?

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              DiningDiva RE: ChefJune Jan 31, 2011 02:45 PM

              I'll see if I can find it. I used to know exactly where it was until we remodeled last year, but I think I can find it

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            Geoff RE: foodinspace Feb 1, 2011 08:49 AM

            Plus one re pescadero. Had this a couple of weeks ago. Highly recommended!

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            mexicophile RE: Ruth in Condechi Jan 31, 2011 04:55 PM

            Thanks Ruth! I am going to be in DF the weekend of February 20. I hope to get a reso. This will be so great to have his food close by.

            (Joan from Chicago)

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              kcward RE: Ruth in Condechi Feb 1, 2011 03:54 PM

              Really glad to see this and look forward to stopping in next time I'm in town.

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                comiendosiempre RE: Ruth in Condechi Feb 3, 2011 02:00 PM

                We also will be in DF in a couple of weeks time. We also will try to get a reservation. For a Friday or Saturday night do you think a couple of days in advance is sufficient? Thanks.

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                  uriburi RE: Ruth in Condechi Feb 9, 2011 12:14 PM

                  Azul Condesa is located where Ligaya was. In fact, it is a partnership between the Ligaya owners/chefs and Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. The phone number is 5286 6380.

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                    comiendosiempre RE: Ruth in Condechi Mar 12, 2011 09:08 AM

                    We recently returned from DF and had dinner at Azul Codesa. It was very good.

                    The restaurant is located on a street which gets busy in the evening. A number of restaurants on the same block and three discos/clubs across the wide street. Many people walking, strolling by. When we dined there the restaurant was open only about four weeks, I asked.

                    Thus, in truth, service was a bit muddled. Not bad, just a bit confused. They were obviously new. A few drink orders mixed up and the like. Otherwise, everyone is very friendly, aiming to please. The restaurant is pretty, not that large, comfortable. Open to the air in a few areas.

                    Most all our dishes were very good. Great empanadas, mole, sopa de tortilla, hand made tortillas. Some other excellent starters. The restaurant also was featuring a number of dishes from Veracruz. Yet, we actually thought the ceviche we ordered off that list was the one clunker of the evening. Good drinks. Fair prices, though not cheap, cheap.

                    We would certainly return.

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