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“Overpriced, but very good”
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Ranked #49 of 5,109 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Mexican, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very nice restaurant in the trendiest part of Mexico city. The food is good and exotic... be prepared to eat things you had never eaten. Don't worry: it will all be delicious.
However... the menu is very limited and does not change often. And the prices are not very competitive. Make sure to make reservations in advance!

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Thank AlbatrosSF
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Impeccable. Best meal of the year. From the roasted baby corn with broth onward. Pujol is small, personal, quiet, superb. Gorgeous food that layers flavors and honors tradition even as it leans forward. More consistent, exciting and refined than Quintonil, for instance, (tho Q is great). Would go back in a minute.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

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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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The highlight of this meal was the use of insects! I have been reading lots of articles lately regarding the benefits of insects in ones diet. I love anything new and am a glutton for an experience, so why not dine on ants.

We ordered the tasting menu with a Mexican wine pairing. What a delightful meal. The menu used all fresh and in season vegetables. There were a few deconstructed dishes, such as the tomatillo salsa salad and well as twist on traditional mexican food. We had ant larva tostada and smoked baby corn with crushed ant and chilli mayo. The larva were salty and crunchy. They would probably taste delicious in a steak salad. The plating of the dishes were also creative. The smoked corn came to the table in a large smoking squash. The wine pairing included tequilla, mezcal, beer, and fresh juices. It was truly delightful.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We visited the restaurant on a short trip to Mexico City having booked a month in advance. The initial experience is very pleasant with a well spaced table set up and a dark and moody decor which creates a very nice atmosphere.

The wine list is extensive with a very broad selection of both new and old world wines. It was not overpriced and the selection that we made from Spain and Argentina were very nice.

The restaurant offers two options - a tasting menu or a fixed price menu. We choose the tasting which is a selection of 13 bite sized morsels that are all mexican in their origin. Having tasted mexican food previously we could see that there was strong innovation in the cooking and a very strong balance of flavours, textures and heat. The smoked baby corn, the beef tar tar and the barbacoa taco were particularly memorable. Where the restaurant did really excel was with the deserts which all hit the target.

Sometimes when going to restaurants like this, I don't eat much on the day of the trip. The portions at this restaurant are very small and therefore hearty eaters would end up leaving the restaurant hungry.

The price for the food is very reasonable. Perhaps the restaurant should focus on increasing its price and consequently the size of the portions. A 30% increase in volume of food would be about right. The tasting menu cost 45 STG or $60.

There are a couple of things that the restaurant could improve on. The menu is only printed in Spanish which makes it difficult for a non Spanish speaker to remember the 13 translations that were offered by the waiters. We had an early sitting which meant the restaurant was not that busy when we started however as it got busier they struggled to keep on top of the wine pouring and we were a few times left with empty glasses while having plenty of wine still to drink. Not all of the staff speak English so the description of the dishes when they arrived was sometimes difficult to understand. On a practical level the food presented is finger food - the plates on which they were presented were often extremely hot which made picking up the food difficult.

The restaurant is located in a small side street and therefore if taking a local taxi make sure that you have a map with you and good directions. Our taxi driver managed to get lost.

On balance we had a very nice evening, with great food and wine in a very nice setting. We can see that there is clear talent in the kitchen and with some improvements in the areas highlighted above the experience will be even more pleasant for customers.

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Thank reybro
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