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Korean Restaurants in the Zona Rosa, Mexico City

Anonimo Oct 10, 2013 02:37 AM

I read a comment by Cristina on a blog that one of the best Chinese restaurants in Mexico City, Mojing, has again changed hands and has taken a turn for the worse. This is very sad and disappointing.

So maybe it's about time to try one of the Korean restaurants in the Zona Rosa. We usually stay nearby, but as we are not attracted to the ZR scene in general, we have never eaten at one.

There seems to be little updated opinion/reviews on which one would be a good choice. On our next visit, we may have a Monday afternoon or evening free, so the restaurant would have to be open that day.

There are so many attractive dining options in Roma Norte, where we stay, that we've had scant motivation to visit the ZR.


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    hankstramm RE: Anonimo Oct 13, 2013 10:50 PM

    Yes, I'd like to hear about Korean food in Mexico City too.Had no idea it existed.

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      cristina RE: hankstramm Oct 14, 2013 06:30 AM

      Hankstramm and Anonimo, we have never been to any of the several Korean restaurants located near the Zona Rosa in Mexico City, so I am useless for recommendations.

      However, hankstramm, it will interest you to know that there is a fairly large and thriving Korean community in the DF. The Korean population is estimated to be around 30,000. Quite a few Korean-owned businesses--with merchandise directed specifically at the Korean population--have sprung up in the Zona Rosa area. They're not in the more touristy sections (among the sleazy bars and sex shops), but are located on the fringes.

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

      1. re: cristina
        Anonimo RE: cristina Oct 14, 2013 09:31 AM

        There had been some restaurants noted by Nick Gilman on his blog, Good Food In Mexico City, but that was several years ago, and it's likely that the scene has changed.

        This is an interesting topic to pursue, but as our time is limited on our one day by ourselves, we will probably eat in Colonia Roma and tried and tested restaurants. (We were very pleased with Macelleria Roma, for example, and it's easy for us to walk there. Italian, of course, not Korean.)

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          Soul Vole RE: Anonimo Oct 14, 2013 01:32 PM

          I'm afraid I can't be of any use either. Exploring that community of restaurants has long been on my to-do list.

          Have you been to Mog on Álvaro Obrebón? The menu is pan-Asian, which would normally be a warning sign for me, but pretty much everything I've had there has been excellent. If you have a hankering for Korean I'm sure they'll have some options.

        2. re: cristina
          hankstramm RE: cristina Oct 14, 2013 11:21 PM

          I normally cook Asian food (Thai, Vietnamese and Indian) in Mexico City for friends, since there aren't many good options (as far as I've found). Korean, I've only cooked at home on a few occasions, since I live in a Korean area of San Francisco that allows me to get it whenever I want, thus have no expertise to cook it there.

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            cristina RE: hankstramm Oct 15, 2013 02:19 PM

            Hankstramm, email me. patalarga@baddog.com

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          lmnopm RE: hankstramm Oct 15, 2013 02:22 PM

          Many of them fled Argentina ca. 2002. I was shocked by the number of Korean signs I saw on my last trip to DF (a few years back). I'm going again in a few days and we were just talking a few days ago about trying Korean food in DF, so any recommendations (esp. around Zona Rosa) are welcome.

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          foodinspace RE: Anonimo Oct 15, 2013 05:09 AM

          I did go to a Korean restaurant in Zona Rosa a couple of years ago. It was fine; not memorable for either being really good or really bad. Gosh if I could remember it's name or exact location. Well, I'm not so helpful...

          Also when I was last in DF, I tried a newly opened dumpling shop in Condesa. It was quite good. I don't know if it's still there (it was in 2011). I posted about it and gave the address back then.

          If you do discover a great Asian restaurant in DF, I'd love to hear about it. Provecho!

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            gueraaven RE: foodinspace Dec 16, 2013 10:29 PM

            Asia Bay Chinese restaurant on Tamaulipas just south of Michoacan. Finally, real Chinese food here! Sorry to hear about Mojing...it was great, but its been a long time

            1. re: gueraaven
              cristina RE: gueraaven Dec 19, 2013 09:32 AM

              Asia Bay, IMHO as a former professional Chinese chef, is mediocre.

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                Soul Vole RE: cristina Dec 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                It's "Asian Bay" and there's nothing mediocre about it: https://es.foursquare.com/asianbay/ph...

                See also http://goodfoodmexicocity.blogspot.mx...

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            gueraaven RE: Anonimo Dec 16, 2013 10:33 PM

            I've tried a couple - my usual standby is the one on the west side of Florencia with the bright peach interior, just south of the Angel. No place I've been to here is on par with LA or even NYC Korean food, but its totally fine for when you have a hankering.

            I read A whole back that a lot of the Korean immigration was from around a century ago, too.

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