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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pujol

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Ranked #19 of 4,236 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Polanco
Cross street: Horacio
Transit: Metro Polanco
Description: Once again featured on the San Pellegrino list of the "World's 50 Finest Restaurants"—and moving up thirteen spots to number 36—Pujol is Chef Enrique Olvera's extraordinary personal approach to Mexican cuisine, famed for reinvention and ongoing perfectionism, where tradition and contemporary gastronomy live side by side as expressed in culinary techniques both ancient and modern. Using both imagination and delicacy, Olvera recombines Mexico's nearly infinite ingredients and flavors, demonstrating an extraordinary food culture's potential in obsessive detail.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our meal was full of new flavors and taste treats. From our arrival and greeting to our departure with chocolate presentation - this was near perfection. The first dish of smoked baby corn brought a bigger WOW from our party than the oysters & pearls at The French Laundry. Each dish was better than imagined from reading the menu. I hope that Chef Enrique Oliveras will open a clone somewhere in the United States.

Visited April 2013
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“Fabulous dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Six of us went to Pujol at the end of March. We all live in Mexico and have travelled all over the world.
The experience at Pujol was nothing but perfect. From the time we entered and were welcomed in to the time we left.
We chose the tasting menu with 5 items, every course was better than the last.
The small corn served in a container with coffee mayo and ant dust was incredible, the small appetizer of carpacio of avocado was excellent and the corn hust consomme was also very good.
The "ancas de rana" frogs legs with sauces were excellent, the steak tartar had its own twist but excellent.
The pork confit was delicious and incredible.
The cheese plate and the avocado mousse were also excellent.

The wine list is fabulous also with a wine cellar on location.
Upon leaving we were offered a home made chocalate (we would have eaten a dozen of them, they were so gooooood).
Al in all a fabulous experienxce and a dinner we will not forget soon!

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The food at Pujol was fantastic, innovative, and interesting: a Mexican twist on the nouveau cuisine tasting menu. Sadly, as the meal progressed, the service declined. While our waitress and the host were extremely attentive early on, as the restaurant filled up we were largely neglected and drink refills took as long as two full courses to arrive.

This meal was one I had been looking forward to for months and that I had been saving my pennies for, so I was really let down when the service declined.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Michelin 3 star - every bit as good as the reviews”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Pujol is just starting to get the recognition it deserves. We went in December 2012 and I've been meaning to write a detailed review with pictures since. It's a place for foodies. I hoped it would be good but I didn't realise how good.

I've failed to write the big review and I've only been once so I can't promise consistency. But on that one occasion, it was awesome - well worth a detour and a good extra reason to go to Mexico City.

The tasting menu showed all the skills one seeks - interesting flavours, variation of tastes and textures, just yummy.

The service is professional; the atmosphere is great; the wine list offers something for all wallets - including surprisingly good Mexican wines.

The only thing that falls short of the best restaurants in Paris and London is the price. Viva Pujol!

  • Visited December 2012
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Of course, my "average" evaluation is for restaurants in this category - expensive fine dining. And here I was expecting much more, especially considering the high level of cooking almost everywhere in the city: I really feel that in order to eat badly you must make a real effort.

So it was disappointing to see that, together with some very fine dishes there were some disastrous ones: in particular the aubergine dish still lingers in memory for all the wrong reasons. A really nasty piece of watery, aubergine, which would have been insipid had it not been bitter (and boy, have I eaten bitter aubergines in the past). Desserts really good, but overall everything a little too prissy and too pretty, not really cooking from the heart, or so it felt for me when I visited. Wine is outrageously expensive as everywhere, but here markups (at least for wines we had tried elsewhere) seem somewhat higher than e.g. Paxia.

Visited March 2013
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