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“not as good as its fame” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Azul y Oro

Azul y Oro
Ranked #1,596 of 4,179 Restaurants in Mexico City
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“not as good as its fame”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

This time around I visited El Azul, the more upscale "branch" of Azul y Oro in Colonia Condesa. Although a reputable place with excellent Mexican food at affordable prices, this restaurant lacks the excellence expected of the establishment of a famous Mexican chef.

The choice of "fresh" greens for a do-it-yourself salad is poor and unattractive, and the kitchen-assembled salads are not creative and all fall in the worn-out formulas like mixing pears, candied nuts, and blue cheese (you know what I mean...).

My hibiscus (jamaica) enchiladas were soggy and lacked any distinctive or memorable flavors. Why not a well-spiced, well-seasoned sauce? Why was the jamaica tasteless (excessive extrusion of flavors to make agua de jamaica?). Why not top the enchiladas with a good aged cheese (añejo)?)

To end my meal, and out of environmental concerns, I ordered a glass of plain water instead of bottled water. Although it tasted good, I did not like the abundant sediments in the bottom of the glass. Can't you install a good filter?

To be fair, the nicoatole I had for dessert was fantastic, although the zapote sauce did not stand out. Can't you perk it up with orange juice or a dash of liqueur?

Azul y Oro is not anymore a destination in itself, so it must be visited only if you are in the National University campus (UNAM) and don't mind eating in a cafeteria (canteen) setting, where you will have to do without alcohol. You can give it's pricier Condesa branch a miss...

  • Visited July 2011
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MEXICOCITY
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Bad and mediocre”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2010

Had breakfast there yesterday with two frienda. The food was terrible the eggs arrived cold and insipid.
The sweet rolls had seen better days, probably more than a week. The first cup of coffee was good the refills were awful.
Frankly I don´t understand why the place is so famous.
A much better place is right in front of it at the new museum of modern art. It is named "Nube Siete" and is very good.
I do not recommed this place.

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Independent Republic of Brooklyn
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Highest Culinary Honors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2010

Azul y Oro is easily the best bargain in all of Mexico. Top end traditional mexican cuisine by his chef majesty, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. Anyway, the restaurant is located in the CCU of UNAM -my alma mater, so beautiful. Take the subway to CU and the jump on the free UNAM shuttle (Line 3) tell the driver to drop you at CCU. Azul y Oro is next to the new MUAC, it beautiful to sit outside and enjoy remembering college days. About the food, I had the Tamalito de Frijol (awesome), tasted the Sopa de Tortilla (very subtle), had the Cochinita Pibil ( Incredible with Jamaica) and sampled the Mole, great.
And finally, with these prices, i wanted to start all over again.

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Thank DiBruccolino
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Columbia, Missouri
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28 reviews
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“Excellent, inexpensive restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2009

This restaurant is located in the south end of the UNAM campus, in the Cultural Center complex. It features high-quality Mexican (Oaxacan) and international food that is elegantly presented. The prices are very reasonable: the most expensive item on the menu is salmon and it is only 100 pesos. You can find a wide range of items on the menu, from Oaxacan black mole to cheese cake. The restaurant is a bit out of the way, but well worth the trip (it is a 15 minute walk from the Perisur stop of the Metrobus). This is undoubtedly the best bang for the buck in D.F. as far as restaurants are concerned. Be aware that it closes early, the hours are: Sunday through Tuesday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am – 8:00 pm.

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Thank Digg
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