2 New Yorkers just got back from a week long trip to Mexico City. Here's what we ate and what we though (excuse the type-o...too tired from the trip to fix)
I'll start with the best...
AGUILA Y SOL: Excellent!! So good, we ate there twice. The pork taco and goat cheese/parmesan "raviloi" appetizers were outstanding. But the true winner was the beff fillet in a pepper cream sauce. To die for. It cam with a peppered mashed potato and a local root vegtable gratin. All amazing. Derserts were unremarkable. Service outstanding. Even the bread was delicious. The only "complaint" I have is about the pacing of the meal. In NYC, a meal of this calliber, would have lasted over 2 hours. But in DF, the entrees were brought almost immediately after our appetizers were cleared. We definitely needed more time to digest before the next course. At first, we thought it was because we had a late reservation but when we went back the 2nd time, the same thing happened. We also noticed that all tables were being served this fast. We had to keep telling them we needed to wait before desert. 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 deserts, many drinks came to $150. One other bonus...the provide a menu in English so you can really understand what you are ordering/eating.
PUJOL: Good food but too much emphasis on presentation vs taste. Everything came out looking very modern and well-designed but I left a little diassatified. For example, I ordered the short ribs in mole. Delicious, but there the very large plate can with a few pieces of meat piled in one corner and some sauce dirzzled on the remaining area of the plate. No accompanyments. While I loved the meat, I did want some complimnetary tastes and textures. I don't think there were even side to order. Everything was tasty but very singular. Another negative, only wine, no booze. No one spoke English so we didn't fully understand what we were ordering. Good bread and olive oil to start. Nice people.
CAFE TACUBA: So-so. Nice atmosphere but everything was drowned in somewhat tasteless sauce. Mediocre at best.
LOS GRISOLES: Another OK place. I had chicken in a creamy walnut sauce which was nice. My friend had the snapper. Another good choice. Everything was tasty but unremarkable.
LA CASA DE LAS SIRENAS: Location was amazing -- right behgind the cathedral. Lights at night were lovely. But it was empty at dinner. First,we ordered 2 maragritas without salt. When the arrived with sat, our waiter simply took a napkin and wiped off the salt in front of us. But as anyone knows....but that point, it is too late -- the salt has already "contanimated" the drink. Had my spanish been better I would have said something but was trying to keep ny NYer in check. Appetizers were fine. I ordered the stuffed peppers in walnut sauce appetizer for my entree as I wasn't starving. I think this confused them as when my friend's entree came out, my "entree" was cold. When I pointed it out, they took it back (after I am pretty sure I saw the waiter put a finger in it) and it came back two minutes later. This time my food was slightly hotter but had t he added bonus of chewiness from the microwave. It was unedible. I pointed this out but I got a nod and no offer to make it right with a replacement or it taken off the check....I know, I am spoled living in NYC. Still, overall, our experience here was not the best.
BUFFET ATOP THE GRAN HOTEL (on the Zocalo): The first few nights we stayed at the Gran Hotel right on the Zocalo in Centro (The hotel with the stained glass ceiling). One day, we had lunch on the roof at a table overlooking the to square. For a buffet, the food was quite tasty. Plus, the view was amazing. It was a lovely experience.
Hope this helps!!!