This is a report on my two visits to "Casa Merlos", which is now perhaps my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. They serve traditional Mexican food, with a heavy emphasis on food from Puebla. Here you will find dishes that you can't find elsewhere (i.e. huauzontles, manchamantel), or that, even if you can find elsewhere (i.e. mole, huitlacoche, pipian, chiles en nogada, grasshoppers), are much more authentic and of better quality than anywhere else.
Absolutely everything we ordered in our two visits was exceptional:
- Several moles, including a remarkable mole poblano
- Pipian (a subtle blend of green pumpkin seeds, herbs, garlic and chili).
- Manchamantel, which stands for 'table-cloth stainer' (a delicious mole-type sauce, but heavy on fruits, i.e. peach)
- Grasshoppers (delicious, when rolled in a taco and sprinkled with lime juice)
- Huitlacoche (the best i have ever had, period)
- Chalupitas (we all agreed this was probably our favorite dish)
The only downside is that service is inconsistent.
But i can hardly recommend this plac enough.
Where do you find this gem? Casa Merlos, Victoriano Zepeda 80, one block off Observatorio, Col. Tacubaya. Tel. 5277-4360.