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Looking for Great Dining in the City

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Looking for Great Dining in the City

I have finally planned my trip to DF in early November. Although all my family and friends think I'm nuts, I'm really looking forward to visiting the City.

Apparently they think every Americano will be robbed, kidnapped or shot immediately upon arrival in Mexico. Aren't vacations supposed to be an adventure?

Anyway, I love great food and one of my favorite trips was to PV where I sampled all the great restaurants there. My question is if anyone can point me in the direction of similar great dining in the City? This is my once-a-year splurge and spending $100 a night is not out of the question.

I like French, nouvelle cuisine or anything truly outstanding.

I am travelling alone and staying at the Red Tree House in Hipodromo near the Parque Mexico.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions

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1. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

The Condesa, where you will stay, iz the area with all the restaurants. Some are great, some are not. Some are very "in" and fall out of fashion quickly so ask the owners. The nice thing about Condesa is besides being a Yuppie magnet (I used to live there), it is a real neighborhood so there are also great taco places and they Roxy for the best ices anywhere. I remember seeing Tom Cruise one Sunday night having tacos in Tizoncito at Campeche and Nuevo Leon (he was in town for a movie - it is just 10 minutes from the Four Seasons).

Polanco offers a broader variety of more expensive places and may be a place you pick one or two times.

Here are two communication chains from this forum on restaurand and have some good ideas.

tripadvisor.com/…16512748

tripadvisor.com/…16512748

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2. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Sorry I posted the same link - here is the other link

tripadvisor.com/…15834166

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3. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

The best restaurant I have ever eaten in in Mexico is Patricia Quintana´s Ixote, which is in Polanco. Patricia is often there herself supervising staff and chatting to guests. The first time I ate there she came over and offered one of her wonderful desserts on the house. The nibbles alone (home made tostadas and salsa) are to die for, plus there is a top rate selection of Mexican wines by the glass. The food is Alta Cocina Mexicana.

Another top Polanco resto is Pujol, while Bros is good for fish. A cheaper seafood option is Fishers, very lively at lunchtime so great for people watching and you can sit at the bar and chat up the waiters.

Right opposite the RTH is a much touted place, but I can´t rememember the name right now. I also like La Tecla and Rojo Bistro, both within walking distance.

In the centro historico, for lunch, Bar del Opera has bags of atmos, although the food is nothing special. I love the antique waiters and musicians though. Slightly fancier food at Girosol, next to the art museum. Friends like going to the Casino de España, again for the ambience more than anything.

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4. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

A few of my favorites-

Puerto Madero an Argentine Steakhouse that also has a seabass dish to die for. They have locations in Polanco and the Los Arcos building in Bosques. www.puertomaderorestuarantes.com

Shue a Japanese restaurant in Sante Fe. My favorite place for sushi.

Bellaria is a very good Italian restaurant in Polanco (Preidente Masaryk 514, Col. Polanco) www.bellaria.com.mx however it is very small and reservations are necessary on account of the size of the place.

Honestly I have only had one truly bad meal!!! Enjoy!

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5. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

My husband and I were in D.F. in August. No safety issues at all, people need to realize that the city is not necessarily a dangerous place! We were not overly adventurous in our outings however.

I booked a table at Pujol and we thought it was one of the better meals of our life. Did the tasting menu and they worked out a wine flight to pair with each course for us. I would return just to dine there again. Wish we had had more time and money to check out more, but next time!

Have a great time!

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6. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Many thanks to all who replied. Sounds like I have more than a few places to try. I just might have to make this a yearly trip. Finding really great restaurants (or just great food - I loved the street tacos in PV) in a strange city is very daunting especially with my 3rd grade spanish! Most of the reviews I was able to find were WAY over my language level.

I know fish is a popular item in PV adn Cancun, but is it that way all over MX or just the coasts? I love sea bass but with the overfishing I am trying to branch out into new species.

Hopefully people will at least appreciate my attempts at spanish while I am there. After 20 years it is more than a bit rusty. Everything comes out in the present tense so god forbid I have to say something in past/future tense!

Thanks again all. really appreciate the help.

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7. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Any effort to speak Spanish is greatly appreciated. People are polite in Mexico City.

There is a bit of a child tradition in that when a red head passes by, you must punch the person in the arm you are with for good luck. I actually learned that one when I was in Ireland on vacation with friends in 2000. That may be a reaction to you but in fun. Don't get insulted. At the Pride Parade a couple of years ago, I remember a muscular African American tourist watching the events and people coming up to him from the march and asking to have their photo taken with him - he was hot and exotic and different - just like you will be here.

People have gotten the idea to eat healthy here and fish is more popular. It is on all menus but not always as fresh in Puerto Vallarta. Punta Arena is by far the best fish restaurant in town. You need reservations for lunch (2:30 or 3 is lunch here) and on weekends. Dinner is more calm. At lunch, all of the corporate elite will be there. It is at Paseo de las Palmas 275 in Lomas de Chapultepec (figure 70 to 90 pesos in a taxi from Condesa and a walk into Polanco after lunch) Tel. 5520 1723, 5520 1735.

Also El Japonez in Santa Fe has good fish dishes besides decent sushi. The Argentine chain (there are 2 in the city), Puerto Madero has good fish dishes as well but the meat tempts me too much.

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8. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Thanks Happy. This is just what I needed.

Really funny about the redheads. I am so glad you mentioned it as I'm sure I would have been wondering what I did or said to people to make them punch someone. Kind of like a Volkswagon Punch-Buggy my nephews get me on every time I see them.

If anyone comes up to me to tkae a picture I think I would die of shock! Thanks for the compliment too. It is much appreciated.

I'll keep you all in the loop by posting a Trip Report if I have time during my stay. Really looking forward to it even if it is just to prove to my friends that Mexico City is not the worst place to vacation like they think!!!

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9. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Most Polanco restaurants and some others offer menus in English as well as Spanish, although I would ask for one of each, sometimes the staff may not understand English, also there are sometimes things on the Spanish menu that are omitted on the English menu. Happy Eating!

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10. Re: Looking for Great Dining in the City

Since you mentioned tacos I wanted to point out El Caminero, which is in an entry from Mikemo in the thread "tripadvisor.com/…16512748"

It's a storefront taco restaurant that seems to cater to local people - the tacos are really great!