Our recommendations for the best places to Wine and Dine in CDMX
- BIKO Presidente Masaryk 407, Polanco | +52.55.5282.2064 . The team of chefs at this long-standing, Basque-influenced favorite on upscale Masaryk are so serious about the fusion cuisine they've created between their Basque roots and the Mexican ingredients on offer, that they've come up with their own name for it: Cocina Gachupa.
Lalo! Zacatecas 173, Colonia Roma | +52.55.5568.3388 This cool, graffiti-covered casual breakfast and lunch spot comes from Enrique "Lalo" García, the chef behind the beloved Maximo Bistrot. Here, he serves fluffy French toasts and Croque Monsieurs for breakfast, and delicious pizzas and pastas for lunch at a long communal table that runs through the lively space.
ENO Francisco Petrarca 258, Polanco | +52.55.5531.8535
Eno is Chef Enrique Olvera's mini-franchise of casual and considerably more affordable cafes (Olvera did Pujol). True to style, he's using traditional Mexican ingredients but making them relevant to a more modern, city-based clientele.
Pujol Francisco Petrarca 254, Polanco | +52.55.5545.3507 Enrique Olvera's Pujol tops pretty much every list when it comes to dining in Mexico City. Using native ingredients like ant eggs and huitlacoche (a delicacy made out of corn fungus), he's completely deconstructed Mexican cuisine molecular gastronomy style, so while some of the ingredients may be recognizable, the flavors on offer are totally new.
El Cardenal Palma 23, Centro | +52.55.5521.8815Don't let its location in the Centro's Hilton fool you into thinking this is a tourist trap: El Cardenal has been around in several incarnations since the 80's and is one of the more formal restaurants for Mexican food, where high-fliers take their business clients and families do Sunday lunch. The menu is extensive and for newcomers, a perfect introduction to regional cuisine, from their traditional Chiles en Nogada to Enchiladas, to whole roasted fish and tacos de Arrachera (steak)—the best in town.
MeroToro Amsterdam 204, Colonia Condesa | +52.55.5564.7799 This spot from the owners of Contramar is yet another successful foray into importing quality seafood to Mexico City. With their support, Chef Jair Tellez, who first made a name for himself with Laja, a restaurant located in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region in the Baja Peninsula, brings his brand of Spanish-influenced, northern coastal cuisine to this street-side deck dining room in the Condesa.
Sud 777 Blvd. de la Luz, El Pedregal | +52.55.5568.4777 Though it's home to some of the most scenic hidden enclaves and charming colonial streets, the city's South was never known for its food until Sud 777 came along and changed that. The contemporary space is a destination in and of itself, with a terrace, patio, mini Kokeshi sushi joint, and lounge to complete the leafy, open dining room—meaning a meal here can last hours and move seamlessly from one space to the next.
Rosetta Colima 166, Colonia Roma | +52.55.5533.7804 Located in what was once a Beaux Arts mansion in the Roma neighborhood, Rosetta has a distinctly homey feel, with a dining room painted in pastel frescoes that wind through the restaurant's many rooms. Here, Chef/owner Elena Reygadas dishes out a daily-changing menu with fresh burrata to start, fantastic risottos, stunningly delicate pasta dishes, and house-made bread so good she's now opened two bakeries.