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Mexico City report (short trip March '15)

dostrovs | Jun 24, 201507:51 PM

Trying to reciprocate to Chow community for all the good information I get here for my trips.
Here is my feelings about number of the food related locations visited in Mexico city:

1. Guizina Oaxaca - fantastic. Every morsel of food here was very satisfying. Plate of small bites: chorizo, chapulinas, chicharon, chipotle relleno, oaxacan cheese ect. Thlayudas. Few fantastic ceviches (one of them with xoconostle, as an acidic media). Oaxacan mole plate. And lots and lots of mezcal... Recommend to everyone, especially to Oaxacan food enthusiasts.

2. Mercado San Juan and Mercado Medellin. Completely different in selection, but both are very impressive. Wish I had more time to wonder between stalls. Found vendors to be pretty friendly, despite my rudimentary Spanish...

3. Tried a lot of street food without any consequences to my gastrointestinal system. Joined a food tour - Eat Mexico. Found them to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic. New delicious discovery - pombazo. As well tried tacos de canasta, cemita, carnitas, tlacoyos, gorditas and bunch of other staff. All the good staff Mexico City is known for...Could hardly walk by the end of the tour.

4. Azul in Condessa. Came for lunch. Very simple dishes with fine ingredients. Enchiladas de Jamaica are very interesting, but not mind-blowing. Probably would like to return for dinner.

5. Restaurant El Penacho de Moctezuma de la Guerrero. Judging by name specializes in food of state of Guerrero. Not sure where the restaurant is located. Was taken by friends who frequent the place. It is rather large cantina for families to gather on weekends. Seems to be mostly catering for local cliental with large drinks selection and live music. Food was very good. Excellent escamole plate. Again lots of mezcal...

6. Major disappointment - La Buena Barra. Fancy and popular spot in Polanco. Very expensive, even by US standards. Their specialty is the meats in the style of Nuevo Leon. Our friends made reservation for us. Apparently it is not easy otherwise. No one speaks or understands English. As a result of this, the ordering is very difficult even with English menu. Simple topic of steak temperature is unresolvable. We were brought wrong (and very expensive) dishes and could not explain what is wrong. Instead of their most popular steak on the salt stone, with we tried to order, we were served truly disgusting dish of steak covered with stone salt. Instead of grilling it came out to be stewed and extremely salty. This dish makes me doubt their culinary intelligence. May be Spanish speaking individuals have better luck...

7. El Bajio - popular chain for upscale Veracruzan food. Do not remember what we ate there. It is a bad sign...

8. Pujol. Molecular gastronomy destination in Mexico City. Somewhat disappointing. Some interesting dishes intermixed with complete flops. Menu does not seem to change for a long time. I have a feeling the chef (Enrique Olivera) has his heart in some other projects at this time...Good beverage selection and service. Not sure if I would like to come back.

9. Multiple taquerias - as a rule excellent. I was especially impressed with El Farolito (visited Polanco location).

10. Cevicheria Agua y Sol. Had a quick lunch before catching plane home. Not sure it was the best ceviche we ever had. Should give it another try. My Mexican friends seem to like it.

Besides the Mexico City we visited Puebla and Tepotzlan. Tepotzlan market was incredible food wise. Tried pancita (local version of menudo) and itokate (triangular shaped relative of gordita, usually made with blue corn). Killer Micheladas...

Looking forward returning to DF for more exploration.

Hope it will help someone.

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