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“Small and cozy place with great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar

Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar
Avenida Lazaro Cardenas 1517 A | Las Brisas, Manzanillo, Mexico
+52 314 333 3008
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Ranked #1 of 106 Restaurants in Manzanillo
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Café, Bistro, Fusion
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Chef para llevArt! Bistro Cafe Bar en Las Brisas Manzanillo. Mexico.Nace En Junio de 2010 con la idea de organizar eventos a los turistas de Canada y U.S.A. Que visitan nuestra ciudad en el invierno. Despues de 6 meses, el 22 de Diciembre de 2010 decidimos montar nuestro propio establecimiento para "innovar el paladar" todo el ano tambien a los locatarios de la ciudad. Siendo paso a paso nuestro posicionamiento en el mercado gastronomico, hoy en dia lo hemos logrado. Tenemos 3 anos en Manzanillo y somos recomendados por nuestros viajeros en TRIPADVISOR, asi como nuestro mercado local y nacional, con un unico objetivo: ser los mejores en este bello puerto!. Te invitamos a que visites nuestro BISTRO CAFE BAR y puedas innovar tu paladar con las delicias del chef Freddy y su gran equipo de trabajo!. Estamos de Lunes a Domingo de 5 PM a 1 AM. TE ESPERAMOS
Manzanillo, Mexico
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Small and cozy place with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

You can try everything here. Panini, salads coffe and gourmet meals and everything you will love it!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefparallevArt B, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
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Willich, Germany
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A bold attepmt at an unexpected location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

There are cities in Mexico where gastronomy is being developed by several cooks in new restaurants and new attention to presentation and preparation of dishes has changed Mexican cuisine without really losing its essence. In those cities, there are customers who have travelled and appreciate these changes, know what such a dish is worth and are happy to pay for it.
Manzanillo is not one of those cities.
Outside the main hotel zone, on the main street, surrounded by rundown buildings, you’ll find chef Freddy and his small Bistro. Based on the location the prices are not to pay for the rent, and the limited staff is also an indicator. Whatever you pay is going mostly for ingredients and preparation, which is why I chose to give it a try.
Sitting down you are strongly reminded that this is a sidewalk in a touristic destination in Mexico and not one of the favorites of foreigners, but one which mostly welcomes Mexicans. Cars pass on the street without regard to speed limits, and they go from luxury Lincoln SUVs to run down old VW beetles (much like anywhere in Mexico).
As I sat down I overheard Freddy (Chef and owner) talking to his employees about mopping the floor again, because he wasn’t happy about how clean it was. This painstaking attention to detail is trademark for what you’ll get. Contrary to big restaurants the chef prepares your dishes himself and the sous-chef stands waits at your table while also helping with the preparation of a few dishes.
The result is a dish which has been prepared with minute attention to every element. The first day I had the Tuna fish Carpaccio with an avocado and coriander paste. It was awesome, the tuna had just the perfect texture, enough lime for you to taste it but it didn’t overpower the coriander and the avocado just gave a creamy feeling to an otherwise tangy dish. As a main dish the shrimp with mole was very tasty, black mole certainly has an overpowering taste, but it was diluted enough such that the shrimp could still be tasted, and concentrated enough to retain the appropriate thickness (although, truth be told, mole achieves the visco-elastic texture by using starch).
I personally felt that the coriander puree (mashed potatoes with coriander) was too soft and missed some refreshment to counteract the strong black mole. The taste was, nonetheless very good. The mashed potatoes are done there, and you can feel the small pieces of potato, cooked to perfection, which didn’t quite get mashed.
The second day I had the Sopes fusion. This were amazing, the chili sauce providing spiciness, a bit of coriander for tangy, and avocado for creamy. No beans, which made the tastes all the more present, and only a small amount of cheese.
Afterwards I had the Fogon Maya, the beef was done to perfection, not the “Mexican” medium which is more like French well done. This served with eggplants (aubergines) and potatoes fried with cacao beans. I’ll admit the potatoes were a tad fatty, and the cacao wasn’t as present as I’d expect it, but great al l the same.
The last day I just had desert (I had desert on all three visits, but the previous ones were a rather unremarkable chocolate flan and cheesecake). This time it was a chocolate crocant with pecan nuts and vanilla ice-cream. Simply amazing, chocolate taste without being too sweet, and very present taste of pecan nuts. Finally as I waited for Freddy to have some free time to chat with me, I had a Martini with a touch of coconut, which was amazing, went perfect with the hot evening of Manzanillo and rounded off my last night at the beach.
The Chef is really doing something with Mexican cuisine, and puts a lot of effort in presenting his clients with fresh produce beautifully prepared and with great taste combination. This wasn’t the best meal I’ve had in Mexico, and I wouldn’t go to Manzanillo just for this restaurant, but if you happen to be in Manzanillo or Guadalajara (a mere 3 hours drive away), it is certainly worth a visit.
For my fellow Mexicans who have complained about prices being similar to those they pay in Masaryk and the like, remember, those restaurants have to pay a lot of rent, so they have to have high table rotation, and dishes must be done fast. Here, you’re expected to sit down, and enjoy your evenings meal, talking over coffee and desert, for several hours, and no one is going to rush you to finish or leave. Try and enjoy it at least once.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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ChefparallevArt B, Gerente at Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
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Wow, it's nice that you have taken the time to write such a detailed menu, really appreciate it.
Indeed our Chef Freddy takes care of all the details so that your meal and you pay for the worth and dinner waiting. We have 3 years in Manzanillo with very good response because we love to innovate the palate of all our guests.
All our staff have one main goal, which is to satisfy your palate. Thank you for visiting t really hope you come back soon!.

Wow, es un placer que Usted haya tomado el tiempo necesario para escribir tan detallado menu, realmente lo apreciamos.
En efecto nuestro Chef Freddy cuida todos los detalles para que su platillo y precio que paga por el valga la pena la cena y la espera. Tenemos 3 años en Manzanillo con muy buena respuesta pues nos encanta innovar el paladar de todos nuestros comensales.
Todo nuestro equipo de trabajo tiene un objetivo principal, el cual es satisfacer su paladar. Gracias por su visita t de verdad esperamos que vuelva pronto!.
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Casual, Small, Outdoor Bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Wonderful outdoor casual dining with incredible bistro dishes by professionally trained chef. Dishes include pork chop specials, generous tasty shrimp salads, and much more. We had the Mexican cheese cake with fire roasted Jalapeño cilantro drizzle. Very good. Friendly and helpful staff. Chef discussed menu options with us table-side. We'll be back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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ChefparallevArt B, Manager at Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hello Shmiller. Thank you so much for you review. We appreciate you time for wrote it. And of course please come back soon! Have a nice trip.
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Okotoks
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My wife and I visited this restaurant for dinner one evening. In late November it was still low-season so we were able to get a table easily. We ordered a bottle of Spanish Tempranillo wine and were treated to a 2003 Reserva (a very nice wine). After a couple of delicious appetizers, we received our main courses, a tender and tasty beef steak, and a Thai shrimp pasta which was the best Thai food I have tasted outside of Thailand itself (a warming lemon-grass sauce that made the lips and tongue tingle - very authentic tasting). Cappucinos finished the evening nicely. Through it all we were treated to live music which really added to the atmosphere of this wonderful sidewalk restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefparallevArt B, Owner at Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Hi there. Thank you so much for come to dinnner and enjoy our food. And of course for you excellent review. We hope see you soon.
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“Great Place to Eat!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I've been there for 2 times and everything was great, the food, the service, the atmosphere...highly recommended....don't forget to try the Tuba Mojito and the Tuba Margarita as well

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChefparallevArt B, Manager at Chef Para LlevArt! bistro cafe bar, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Hello Daniel! Thank you so much for your review and for your recommendation, We hope see u soon.
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