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Mexico City’s vehicles for flaunting its culinary prowess span from silver forks to greasy napkins. While presentation may vary, great taste trends throughout the restaurants chosen by Forbes Travel Guide as the five best places to eat in Mexico City:
1. Pujol. Paying homage to national cuisine, Pujol in Polanco puts a gourmet spin on Mexican staples. Avocado flautas stuffed with fruits of the sea and suckling lamb tacos are just two examples of chef Enrique Olvera’s creations.
2. Les Moustaches: The converted 1920s mansion attracts diplomats, politicians and artists for its first-rate French and international fare, elegant interior and evening piano music. Crab-stuffed baby squid and a wellington filet with pasta, parma ham and a port sauce stand out on the menu. The wine list comprises French, Spanish, Mexican, Argentine and Chilean labels.
3. La Opera Bar: A bullet hole in the ceiling, compliments of Pancho Villa, might be La Opera Bar’s biggest draw. But the cantina hasn’t survived since 1876 on folklore alone. House specialties, like seafood soup and Gallegan pork leg, have a lot to do with the restaurant’s longstanding appeal. Top tequilas and cold drafts help too.
4. Los Remedios. The food at Los Remedios is solid and the atmosphere sheds the stuffiness of some of the city’s trendier restaurants. We recommend the molcajetes (Mesoamerican stews served in stone pots), tequila shrimp and flank steak tortas.
5. Biko. While xperimental, modern and minimal, Biko still manages to reflect a somewhat traditional Basque-like meal. The food presentation is utterly unique at this upscale Polanco restaurant — expect seasonal dishes such as boneless short rib cooked with raisins, piñon and cinnamon, and a perfect shrimp salad served with leeks and fried yucca.