Pujol

Pujol is THE Mexican restaurant in Mexico City for classy Mexican haute cuisine. You might not find any tacos here but all the ingredients are locally-sourced by Chef Enrique Olvera and everything on the menu has Mexican tradition in mind. You’ll find a lot of dishes made with corn, mole, tostadas, tamal, Mexcal appetizers and drinks and the freshest local produce cooked in delicious and creative ways.

This is one of those places that would be $250/person in NY but because it’s Mexico and the local Peso currency is weak you can enjoy a 6 course meal for $80/person without wine.

Pujol was named by Wall Street Journal as the best in Mexico City and ranked 17th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2013. In 2015 Olvera opened “Cosme” in New York and shortly after closed Pujol for renovation, but it is due to reopen soon, or so I’ve read.

The candle lit room was not ideal for iPhone pictures but you can tell from the pictures that this is a special place. You get to pick between about four options for every course. As I was there with other people I took pictures of my choices and my dining companions’ choices as well. That’s why there are more than 6 pictures. My memory is too blurry to remember what was what but Pujol was a great experience and I plan to go back and also try Cosme in NY.

At Pujol reservations are a must, and hard to come by, but sometimes a phone call will open doors that the website doesn’t, if you know what I mean 😉

You can actually take the menu home in a wax-sealed envelope as a souvenir of your experience.

Mole verde (green mole).

This is their Mole Madre (the Mother of the Mole) on top of the new batch of Mole made with the starter (the mother). The mother is 830 days old mole!!!

That prickly pear sorbet dessert brought me back to my childhood in Southern Italy. Delicious!

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