Came here for dinner while in Mexico City. It was an absolute delight. The food on the thirteen course tasting menu was a mix of somewhat familiar items (such as a lamb taco and beef tartare) and unfamiliar items, such as ant eggs. Unlike some famous places with exotic tasting menus, everything here tasted really great. Here are a few highlights for those who might be considering Pujol for dinner...
1. Pujol does offer a wine pairing, but also a more interesting beverage pairing that included alcohol such as mescal, dark beer, and light beer, as well as non-alcoholic house creations. This was a lot of liquid (and it cost nearly as much as the meal), but it was nice trying new things without leaving the place completely hammered. My favorite was a glass of water with finely ground mint and cucumber.
2. The courses on the tasting menu come out quickly. If you are pairing wine throughout, it may be a challenge!
3. The cost of a 13 course pairing menu with the beverage pairing and tax/tip came to around 170$ u.s. per person.
4. The courses are each small, but I found everything delicious and comparable to other tasting menus. It is not a buffet by any means. Two of the courses were tacos which had all of the ingredients placed on the tortilla separately. When folded, all of the flavors blended nicely.
5. Be prepared... The are things such as ant eggs, frog legs, and other items not typically found on the menu at Cracker Barrel. I had several new tasting experiences and found everything to be delicious. However, if you are not adventurous, this might not be for you.
6. The best dishes were perhaps the desserts. One was a blackberry sorbet with mescal set to flame. Another was three different creations made from milk that was incredible.
7. Arrive before 730 to beat the rush. Some of the staff do not speak much English, as I do not speak much Spanish. However, most descriptions of the dishes were given by staff members who spoke English well enough to be clearly understood.
8. The restaurant has a relaxed, yet elegant feel. You do not need to dress formally, but jeans are probably not a good idea. If you like to go out in style, this would be a good place to do it.
This place is a treat, but it is an adventure as well. If you know that going in, you just might fall in love with Pujol.
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