This place came highly recommended by embassy personnel. Not that I hold any angst in general against this specific member of the diplomatic body, but in general they are the ones that know the least about local customs, culture and procedures as they live in a shielded environment with an overpaid service organization to fix all the retarded interactions you have on location.
Anyway, Azul Historico, in the center of Mexico City, turned out to be the worst or the worst on earth. We managed to order some food after some guess work by the waiter about what they actually had. Ten minutes into the cooking process he came back for the switch request. They had run out of some processed fish apparently.
After gobbling down their junk it was time to pay. Apparently their credit card system was down so none of the two US cards, nor one British card worked. The crazy manager accused us of being at fault. I quickly asked him if he was completely out of his mind. Obviously the problem was on their end. The manager insisted after some phone calls to his bank that we would have to call our banks in the US and Europe to fix the problem. They decided to keep us hostage in the restaurant since we were unable to pay. Finally we went upstairs to a separate bar and got some drinks we paid for with a credit card without any problem. The manager came upstairs and asked the owner of the tequila lounge if we could pay there instead, all while one of his security guards was making sure we could not escape. After 15 minutes we went downstairs again and the payment worked just fine.
The worst dining experience of my life!
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