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yinyang Jan 27, 2011 12:39 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been to the DF a few times and have tried Contramar, Pujol, and Biko. Biko was a bit disappointing in terms of service. We had the tasting menu and they didn't really explain to us what we were eating (seemed easier to just have the menu in front of us).

Anyway, I loved Pujol the most. I was wondering if anyone has other recommendations similar to Pujol? If not, I'm definitely OK with having a second go at Pujol :)

We will be staying in the Polanco area for two weeks but only want to splurge on one really nice meal.


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    marktmovr Jan 13, 2014 01:15 AM

    Try Porfirio's on Pres Masarik. Excellent food and service. We all agreed the whole fish for sharing was one of the best dishes ever.

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      shank Oct 27, 2013 11:40 AM

      I live in Polanco. I think Dulce Patria is very good high Mexican food. Less of an event than Pujol but as good food-wise. The best restaurant in the area (and possibly the city) is an Italian place called Aromi e Sappori.

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        IamLATAM Apr 17, 2013 01:24 AM

        I went to Pujol back in March 2013 and I enjoyed the overall experience. I ordered the Chef's menu, which I thought was priced reasonably for a Top 100 restaurant, but was a bit disappointed with the desserts. That said, I would still recommend giving Pujol a shot if you are in DF.

        Read my complete review at www.iamlatam.com/pujol-mexico-city-me...

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          danielinmex Sep 21, 2011 07:19 AM

          Como restaurant is my favorite, its located in Aristoteles between Horacio y Homero, about 3 blocks from Polanco hotels area, probably the best restaurant in mexico city.

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          1. re: danielinmex
            super_al Sep 21, 2011 06:35 PM

            for mexican high end pujol, dulce patria and azul condesa are great.
            jaso and bike really good high end places
            el cardenal (3 branches) amazing good traditional mexican food, with good quality and very low cost
            also for good tapas try jaleo in polanco
            puntarenas and contramar for fish both great (first in palmas second in cibeles)
            also really worth going la rosseta in la roma, high end and good prices make sure to book for dinner always full

            1. re: danielinmex
              bbulkow Oct 26, 2013 05:18 AM

              I would also appreciate an update on this one. pujol is booked weeks in advance, nice enough but an up to date stable of alternates will be appreciated.

              I am looking for similar eats for tonight , coming from San Francisco so looking for something with local flair not just international standard.

              hints appreciated, but honestly expect that I am on my own. Will report.

              1. re: bbulkow
                cristina Oct 26, 2013 07:49 AM

                I live in the DF. Some of the better places that we frequent are not open for evening meals. If you're in the market for a great comida, try Nicos or El Bajío in Azcapotzalco.

                For tonight, try:
                Dulce Patria
                Azul/Condesa (the Azules have the same menu, different locations--you will want a reservation at either)

                I'd go for Azul/Histórico for the marvelous setting as well as the delicious food. Don't miss the black mole--either with chicken breast, chicken enchiladas, or drizzled over the buñuelos de pato.

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

                1. re: cristina
                  super_al Oct 26, 2013 09:17 AM

                  Azul historico is great, amazing place
                  If you want something more modern ill go for quintonil or raiz both top notch meals

                  1. re: cristina
                    Anonimo Oct 26, 2013 09:20 AM

                    We were very impressed with Nico's, not for the decor, which is muted and sober; more for the service, which is expert; but, above all, for the food, which was exquisite and unique in many ways.


                    1. re: Anonimo
                      cristina Oct 26, 2013 10:45 AM

                      Nicos is not open at night. It's surely more than worth going to for comida! But muted and sober? Hmm...not the Nicos I know!


                      I'm sorry, I am not familiar with Morablanca. I've never even heard the name mentioned around town. I just looked it up on Chilango.com--they give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn't bother.

                      1. re: cristina
                        Soul Vole Oct 26, 2013 12:24 PM

                        I find Chilango's star system quite arbitrary and unreliable. On Foursquare Mora Blanca has 7.7 out of 10, which is neither great nor bad. But then Foursquare ratings aren't entirely reliable either, however when I do see a high rating there I pay attention. At any rate I haven't heard anything about Mora Blanca myself either.

                        I second all of cristina's suggestions. Another option that comes to mind is Maximo Bistrot. They're open until 11.

                        1. re: cristina
                          Anonimo Oct 31, 2013 11:20 AM

                          "Muted and sober", in my opinion, as compared to, for example, the decor of El Bajío on Av. Cuitlahuac, not far away.

                          Whatever, I was appreciative that the food, both in presentation and taste, was so good, without external distractions.


                      2. re: cristina
                        bbulkow Oct 26, 2013 10:33 AM

                        thanks !

                        Quinton is booked

                        Amy thoughts on
                        morablanca? it and some others are mentioned in a bon appetite article from a few months ago.

                        1. re: bbulkow
                          super_al Oct 26, 2013 12:53 PM

                          I will go to raiz, a little far (satelite area) but your best bet if you want high end fine dipnnign mexico food (he is an ex-el bulli) so.... It is well worth the trip
                          Remember to get the tasting menu

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                    comiendosiempre Aug 25, 2011 12:33 AM

                    Dulce Patria. Best upscale meal we had in MEX.

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                      Strangewine Jan 28, 2011 11:32 AM

                      Cafe Tacuba

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                      1. re: Strangewine
                        cristina Jan 29, 2011 12:13 AM

                        Café Tacuba can be a lot of fun--especially on a Sunday for late breakfast--and is certainly worth a visit, but IMHO it is in no way up to the culinary level of any of the other restaurants mentioned in this thread.

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

                        1. re: cristina
                          bronwen Oct 29, 2013 06:07 AM

                          I agree with Cristina, I don't think that the food at Cafe Tacuba is any good though it's a very pretty place

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                        foodinspace Jan 28, 2011 01:14 AM

                        I second the suggestion for Azul. Outstanding! I loved the Pescado Veracruzana.

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                        1. re: foodinspace
                          danebaxter Jan 28, 2011 08:32 AM

                          I'd recommend Dulce Patria, Martha Ortiz's new restaurant. It's in Polanco off Masaryk and Anatole France, inside the Las Alcobas Hotel. I've been twice and enjoyed it both times -- fantastic cocktails (you have to get the guanábana margarita), upscale setting. The menu doesn't toy with molecular gastronomy as much as Pujol's does, but the food is solid and well-prepared. It's Mexican with a creative twist from Martha.

                          1. re: danebaxter
                            Geoff Jan 29, 2011 11:19 AM

                            I was at Dulce Patria a couple of weeks ago. Outstanding, definitely go. P.S. EVERYONE except us got the guanabana margarita. It's a frozen concoction, fyi.

                            Also went to Azul y Oro for comida. It is as advertised.....not at all fancy, lovely staff, and truly wonderful food - huge flavor.

                        2. Ruth in Condechi Jan 27, 2011 08:49 AM

                          JASO ( http://www.jaso.com.mx/) not just the love story between the two chefs - the food is incrediblly good and super presentations- don't pass up the dessert tasting menu...

                          Another good and new place is Azul in Condesa - Chef Ricardo Munoz Zuritas Cafe azul y oro transported to the Condesa, hence the name. Same prices as the UNAM - but beautiful setting and a complete bar!
                          On Av. Nuevo leon #68 - not to Be missed - his Alma Jarocho festival with foods of his native Veracruz.

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                          1. re: Ruth in Condechi
                            cristina Jan 28, 2011 10:07 AM

                            Re JASO: read more here:

                            This is not Mexican food, but very sophisticated high-end American food with a little bit of Mexican flavor twist. It's just gorgeous and the food and service are miles above outstanding, you simply cannot go wrong.

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

                            1. re: Ruth in Condechi
                              veryconsumista Aug 21, 2011 04:06 AM

                              I decided to invite a friend to Jaso for her birthday and I know it's not going to be exactly low cost, but I would appreciate any help I can get to budget for this experience!
                              We will probably not drink any wine, and I expect we'll have a main dish each, and possibly two desserts or one dessert and one appetizer.
                              Thank you in advance, and also thank you Cristina for the useful blog post (that was in fact the reason why I chose this birthday gift for her) :)

                              88 Newton, Mexico City 11570, MX

                              1. re: veryconsumista
                                cristina Aug 22, 2011 11:01 PM

                                I hope you read this in time...we've been out of town and just got home. I would say a budget of 2000 pesos should cover your meal at Jaso...it could be less, if you decide not to enjoy a glass of wine. Be sure to make reservations. Have a wonderful time! And by all means post back.

                                1. re: cristina
                                  veryconsumista Sep 10, 2011 02:49 PM

                                  Thank you, Cristina!!! It is definitely helpful. I haven't gone yet (buuuudgeeeet), but I will make sure to post back once I've done it :)

                              2. re: Ruth in Condechi
                                ckshen Aug 23, 2011 04:50 PM

                                great to hear about Azul. couldn't find the time to go to UNAM last time i was there.

                                this new location is much more convenient.

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