The culinary scene in Mexico City is en fuego right now, as famous chefs are flocking to the always happening Mexican capital faster than you can say guacamole. And with such a vibrant food revolution happening, it can be tricky to know just where to spend those pesos. For the chance to try several restaurants under one roof, head to the beautifully remodeled market Mercado Roma, and take your pick of the food stands.
But after your fill of tacos and tortas, it’s time to change gears and scope out the city’s finer establishments and Michelin stars. We’ve rounded up the top five modern eateries the city has to offer, so prep those taste buds and reservations for a sincere south-of-the-border experience.
| 1. Bravo Lonchería |
Torta (Mexican sandwich) stands are all over Mexico’s capital, but Bravo Lonchería’s modern take on the classic is definitely worth stopping in for. With a hipster vibe characterized by a long bar, low hanging lamps and plenty of chic details, Bravo Lonchería has certainly got style. The menu doesn’t disappoint, either; expect the likes of colorful and tasty octopus, rib and squid tortas served on house-made boillos (bread rolls), as well as breakfast options like the English muffin topped with egg, spinach, mushroom and bacon. Wash it all down with a fresh juice, and you’ll see why this place is a hit.
| 2. De Mar a Mar |
Sweet, simple and understated, De Mar a Mar is a breath of fresh air in crowded Zona Rosa. This seafood bistro serves up perfectly cooked, fresh fish dishes in a cozy atmosphere. Don’t miss the white fish ceviche, the seafood salad and the catch of the day. This is also a great spot for those who can’t handle the heat of typical Mexican cuisine; the dishes here are well seasoned but won’t leave you crying for a glass of water.
| 3. Pujol |
Awarded ninth place on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2015, Pujol in upscale Polanco has renowned chef Enrique Olivera at its helm and is known for its creative fusions of old and new. Picky eaters should steer clear; the menu includes dishes such as baby corn with ant, coffee, and chili mayonnaise, yet what may say unappetizing on paper is transformed into a work of art by Olivera’s capable team.
| 4. Sud 777 |
Another one of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants, Sud 777 came in at a respectable 27 in 2015’s list and is an inviting spot for a long, lazy lunch in the south of the city. With a concept that defies categorization, chef Edgar Nuñez pushes the boundaries of modern Mexican cuisine to create dishes that blend traditional ingredients with techniques from around the world.
| 5. Lalo! |
It’s a gutsy move to put an exclamation mark in your name, but fortunately Lalo! does not disappoint. Sister venture of the award-winning Maximo Bistrot, Lalo!, in the neighborhood of Roma, has a more casual feel than Maximo and consists of one long table where up to 30 diners can admire the graffiti adorning the walls. The menu has simple dishes such as pastas, and pizzas and a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. For a cheery meal and a chance to chat to locals on the communal table, Lalo! is an excellent bet.