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“Delicious......But a little too pricey...”

IPA'A Cocina Mexicana
Ranked #17 of 609 Restaurants in Tijuana
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2014

I was told about a great culinary experience in tijuana, I decided to go and check out this new place. Low and be hold, I finally found it after cruising revolution Ave for about 30 min when I decided to call them for exact directions. It's far off revolution ave. It's actually colonia revolución. As we get there, I noticed we were the only ones dining at the moment, so as we walked in, we had first dibs on seating. After that, the waiter came and took our order. If you let them, they will push you to a 10 course meal. But if you read the menu closely at the bottom, you will see the actual prices. Food delicious, service great, very attentive and very polite. This place won't be a 2 or 3 times a month to visit place, but maybe every 6 mos. If your a couple, be prepared to shell out a couple of Benjamins. ...

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

A new addition to the always expanding Tijuana culinary scene. Ipa'a is Mexican haute cuisine at its very best. The young chef has trained in Mexico City, Paris and Copenhagen and it shows.

Dishes are spectacularly beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Staff is attentive, well-trained and helpful. The restaurant is conceptually coherent - it was built from scratch to meet its unique needs. It has a full, underground wine cellar in addition to a private dining room that can seat up to 20. It also has a beautiful terrace area that will be ready for occupancy in February, 2014. The entire complex it's located in is green...smokers from all businesses in it have their special area set aside for them in a section of the parking lot where they can enjoy their cigarettes. (There is also a Bol Corona Burrito Shop, a Puerta del Cielo coffee shop and Gulisano's Italian Restaurant in the same complex).

The restaurant serves dishes made with fresh market ingredients available daily. It seats lunch from 1:30pm - 5:30pm and dinner from 7:00pm - 11:30pm. It closes Sunday and Monday. The menu changes daily and one can choose from a four-course or from a six-course tasting menu. The four course option costs about 33 dollars w/o drinks and the six course option is about 45 dollars and worth every penny. The wine list is extensive and well thought-out.

We were there for lunch and enjoyed the six-course menu which was augmented by three additional small dishes sent out by the chef: a fresh tuna tostada amuse bouche, a raspberry granita palate cleanser before main courses and chocolate truffles and lemon marshmallows for final dessert.

Among the dishes we enjoyed were:

A clam ceviche that couldn't have been fresher or better prepared...tasty, well-condimented, beautifully served and a pleasure to eat. A tuna tartare that could have used a bit more salt and/or acid but still was a step above most other places that offer it.

Next came a guerito chili stuffed with pressed pork chicharron sitting on a black bean puree. These were followed by grilled octopus with dry pasta, a creamy rice (similar to risotto) with shrimp and a beef short rib that had been roasted for so many hours that it literally fell off the bone and no knife was needed to cut it served under a chili sauce that was tasty but not uncomfortably hot...delicious.

Desserts were a selection of Mexican cheeses, strawberries macerated in mescal served with Mexican dark chocolate ganache squares and meringue and a hazelnut 'cremoso' (something between ice-cream and cream cheese - TDF) served with coffee sauce, blackberries and a dark chocolate twirl.

This is definitely a destination worth heading to for dining at a level like found in most of the great culinary centers of the world.

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