Any particular reccs for hotels? Doing Sunday-Wednesday in mid march.
Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:42 PM
Condesa df just around the corner for something very nice and more of a party.
I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.
Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:59 PM
I liked staying in Roma (next to Condessa, and one step down on the gentrification ladder). Hotel La Valise is very nice, if lacking in services.
Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:39 PM
So I'm back from this little visit.
I ate at Contramar twice in three days. I was sort of concerned because I had been thoroughly unimpressed by Cala in SF. I could not have been more wrong. Really impressive stuff. I loved it. Make sure you get the spanish menu that has the daily specials. Highlights were an aguachile of scallops, ceviche of chocolate clams, softshell crab tacos. I actually preferred the shrimp tostadas to the tuna, but whatevs. Super cheap at the current fx rate as well.
Nicos - You ever order wrong at a place and recognize that its still great? That's what I did here. Guac, Sopa Seca de Natas (A must order once, and then I wouldn't get it again. Just didn't do anything for me) and then I tried to order a barbacoa of rabbit and a chilorio of pork. They were out of the rabbit, so we only got the chilorio - very tasty, but kind of one dimensional/cheat food, but we were stuffed at this point. There were lots of great looking dishes on other plates that I highly recommend.
Dulce Patria - Weird place - feels like a hip restaurant in 1992. Scene is rather off putting and some of the plating is frankly mockable. However I really enjoyed my dish of duck in mole negro and my wife had an aguachile and a beef dish that were also good. But the room/scene is a clown show.
Rosetta Panaderia - sure. why not. Its good, but you might as well be in a leafy part of brooklyn. A statement I would make generally about Condesa and Roma. My wife who is not insane unlike us, unprovoked by me made a comment that "every hipster area looks like brooklyn" in the context of us walking around. I'd say in this case its more like a down market version of Madrid with more brooklyn style merchandizing. Spend your time exploring the more touristy areas in my mind. Yes I said that.
Lots of mezcal at a few of the mini-chainlet hipster mezcal places in the Eater guide. Fun. Better food than needs to be as well.
No street food as we had a wedding in San Miguel de Allende later in the week and I was told risking things was not acceptable. San Miguel is what we are told to expect.
Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:27 PM
I need to send someone to check out the daniel ovadia places because I can't see how I'll make it to DF in 2017.
sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns
Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:48 PM
no. But from a food perspective, given the lunch emphasis kids might be viable.
Tho given its a five hour flight I'm not sure there aren't better destinations with the same distance/cost.
Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:29 PM
Even though it's been more than a year since my last visit, I can see there are a few worthwhile pieces of information I can supply.
Taquería Los Cocuyos
This taquería, in a storefront stall on the edge of Chinatown, has the best tacos I had in Mexico City. Better even than any of the street stands. Odd bits of various animals are made into fillings that are just heavenly. You sit on a bench on the sidewalk. The late-night crowd of off-duty cops and on-duty hipsters is fun.
This mezcalería -- on the fringe of the Historic Center, about a 10-minute walk from Los Cocuyos -- is the coolest bar I've ever been in, anywhere. The selection of mezcal is fantastic, the retro-futuro music is the height of cool, and the crowd . . . although they seem the hippest of the hip, they're open and welcoming. I walked in an unaccompanied old man, but I soon was welcomed into several different groups of drinking buddies. (Mexico City is like that.)
Just to note that Bonner absolutely nailed this place. I just loved Chef Martha Ortiz's last restaurant, Aguila y Sol, but this one goes full-on Polanco douche. The food is still good -- if somewhat stuck in the '00s. But the place . . . .
Now I'm not adding anything. But it's funny how this place keeps exceeding my expectations.
The first time I went, it was shortly after it opened. And it looked to me like it was going to be an overhyped douchestaurant, catering to a crowd that doesn't know or care about food. But it was just great, one of the better seafood restaurants I've been to.
This time, I figured the place would be over it. There's no reason, I figured, to maintain quality and interest at such a high-rent high-volume spot. But guess what? It's still great.
Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:38 PM