I had 2 great food experiences today. No, not Pujol or Contramar- both out of my budget...
La Rauxa, Parras 15 (off Nuevo Leon) (No sign advertising name.. look for the address)
Chef Joaquin Jaril has operated his restaurant for several years, but only recently made the switch from Catalan to Mexican. He serves a 4 course comida at a set price of a whopping $69pesos (that's US $5.50!!). For a glass of house wine, add $30pesos.
This is not your standard comida. Today, I had a choice of 2 soups. A smooth black bean seasoned with Mole Amarillo de Queretaro, or a leek, potato and fennel. The chef suggested the Black bean. It was a simple soup, but the flavours and mild spicing were nicely balanced. A green salad with jicama and a creamy cucumber and herb dressing followed. Again, simple, but really nicely executed. There were several choices on the menu for mains.. I chose a whitefish (Carpenter?- I have to look it up) "Pastor", which came with rice, thinly sliced and sauteed zucchini, chayote and carrot and rice.
Finally, for dessert, a small square of bread pudding with chocolate, ginger and tabasco and a burnt sugar layer on top. I ordered espresso to go along with that.
My total.. $115 pesos. This is traditional Mexican comida with a twist from multicultural inspirations by a very sincere and warmly welcoming chef. It was such a pleasure to eat there (and not feel like I was counting my pennies)
Forgot to mention the Melon horchata.. similar to the usual horchata, but using melon seeds which gave it a touch of canteloupe flavour. I have to figure out how to make this.
Later.. I got hungry again.. and discovered just around the corner from where I was staying in Roma Norte:
Don Segundo Pizza
Take-out, delivery or stand at the order counter and enjoy truly the most delicious thin crust pizza I have had in many years (since I worked at renowned Al Forno in Providence, RI). Owner and chef, Gabriel Bourdin is from Argentina where his family also owned a pizza joint. Once again, simple, but so perfectly executed: a traditional cracker-crisp thin crust, topped with a perfect balance of toppings. I had 2 different slices: Anchovy and green olive, and a Prosciutto and Arugula. I was in heaven. Slices run $15-$25 pesos. Also on the menu, Calzones, Empanadas, salads and baguette sandwiches.