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    10 Hottest Restaurants To Try In Mexico City

    10 Hottest Restaurants To Try In Mexico City

    It’s no secret that one of the primary reasons to visit Mexico is to indulge in its mouthwatering cuisine. While Mexico City’s lively markets and taco stands are always worth a visit, the capital city also boasts an overwhelming number of must-visit restaurants. From fresh takes on traditional Mexican ingredients to innovative international fusions, here are 10 of Mexico City’s hottest restaurants to try right now:

    1. Pujol


    After landing on San Pellegrino’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Pujol quickly became known as one of Mexico City’s best restaurants. Specializing in New Mexican cuisine (the gustatory trend, not the U.S. state), Chef Enrique Olvera uses authentic ingredients in contemporary ways to create dishes unlike any you’re likely to have tried before. Don’t miss Pujol’s acclaimed tasting menu to savor as many unique flavors as possible.

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    2. Quintonil


    Another award-winner on San Pellegrino’s prestigious list, Quintonil is all about fresh seasonal produce and indigenous ingredients. Fruits and vegetables feature in the menu, many of which come from the restaurant’s very own urban orchard. Don’t miss the aguachiles.

    3. Dulce Patria

    The immensely popular Dulce Patria is located behind the lovely Hotel Las Alcobas. Chef Martha Ortiz Chapa is known for her unique takes on regional Mexican dishes. But even more delightful than the food is the presentation of the dishes, many of which include wooden displays crafted by local Mexican artisans. Try the lobster when available.

    4. Agua y Sal


    For the best cevicheria in Mexico City, Agua y Sal is the obvious pick. This small corner restaurant in the chic Polanco neighborhood is delightfully decorated with bright colors. The large ceviche bar takes center stage, a perfect spot to watch the chef create the bright and colorful ceviches. Don’t miss the Ceviche Tasting Menu, featuring four vastly different (but all delicious) renditions of the dish. The Macho Margarita serves as the perfect accompaniment.

    5. Rosetta

    While Italian food may not typically be at the top of your list during a trip to Mexico, Rosetta is an elegant restaurant in the up-and-coming Roma neighborhood that should not be missed. Chef Elena Reygades spent extensive time studying in Italy to bring authentic cuisine to this historic mansion-turned-restaurant. Try the asparagus risotto with any of the extensive wines on offer.

    6 .Tori Tori

    Tori Tori

    For some of the best Japanese food in Mexico City, look no further than Tori Tori. Here you’ll find exceptional Japanese cuisine in a one-of-a-kind building. Get the sushi, hit up the sake bar, and enjoy the cosmopolitan design.

    7. Mercado Roma

    This gourmet market in the Roma neighborhood is sort of like a bohemian Mexican food hall. There’s a large variety of food and drinks to try among the 60 vendors, making this a perfect option if you’re tackling Mexico City’s food scene on a tight itinerary. Don’t miss a stop at El Guero Pibil for mouth-watering tacos.

    8. El Cardenal

    With an expansive menu featuring a wide variety of Mexican fare, there’s something for everyone at El Cardenal. The large restaurant encompasses three floors, but making reservations is still a good idea. We recommend stopping by El Cardenal for breakfast; don’t forget to order a cup of hot chocolate.

    9. La Capital

    At La Capital, you’ll find authentic Mexican cuisine with a gourmet flare. The ambience is excellent, perfect for a romantic dinner on a final night in the city. The mezcal cocktails are excellent and pair well with just about everything on the menu.

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    10. Maximo Bistro Local

    What was once a medical supply store is now the home to the hip, upscale Maximo Bistro Local. The charming restaurant serves a fusion of French and Mexican cuisine, where the fresh ingredients shine in fabulous combinations of flavors. Try the rack of lamb for a dish you’re sure to remember.


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