Mexican Gastronomy It has an identity and leaves an impression. Clinging to its roots, which go back to pre-Hispanic times, it reinvented itself over and over again in high kitchens, without losing its seal.
The taste of our cuisine has become one of the great attractions when we come to the country. And the ingenuity of Mexican chefs, always creative, attracts the eyes of the world. It was recognized by the famous list Latin America‘s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, Which was unveiled this week during an event held in Mendoza, Argentina.
In this edition, the prestigious awards changed their usual annual ranking to produce a retrospective list of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America. last nine years, from 2013 to 2021. Central, located in Lima, Peru, took first place as the “Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021″, but Mexico managed to hold as many positions with a total of 11. Only Argentina could match that feat.
Eleven Mexican restaurants secured a position in the ranking: seven are in Mexico City and the rest is divided between Nuevo León, Guadalajara, Quintana Roo and Adomex. The highest ranked place in the country was Pujol (5th), from famous chefs Enrique Olvera, which managed to enter the cited top 5. In addition to Central (1st), it was overtaken by two other Peruvian locations: Meadow (second) and Astrid and Gaston (fourth). Also the Brazilian Dom (3rd).
The next Mexican establishment that managed to climb to the top of the ranking was quintonil, From Chef Jorge Vallejo with a commendable eighth place. they followed suds777 (12º); Pangea, (15th); And Rosetta, (27º).
Also, from Eduardo García max bistrot, In Mexico City, he received the “Estrella Dam Chef’s Choice Award – Best Reinvention” recognition for having managed to reinvent himself during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the health crisis, the complex laid off 100% of its staff, and moved its facilities to a larger location to guarantee the safety and tranquility of workers and customers.
1. Pujol, (5th in the ranking)
Tradition, reinforcement, stability. This appears to be a recipe for success for Pujol, which was recognized by the organization as the fifth best restaurant in Latin America.
The establishment opened its doors to the mayor’s office in 2000. Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City. Since then, its founder, renowned chef Enrique Olvera, has tried to transform himself, but has always started with ingredients and Mexican culinary techniques.
“In trying to represent Mexico’s vast natural pantry, Chef Enrique Olvera’s exploration of indigenous ingredients in the country’s 32 states is endless. He seeks to pay tribute to each region and establish relationships with producers he pays upfront and is rewarded for showing enduring credentials,” said the organization, which also recalled that Pujol won the Flor de Cana award for Most Sustainable Restaurant in 2020.
Pujol is the best example of why Mexican gastronomy cannot be separated from centuries of tradition even in its most avant-garde forms from the indigenous population of the pre-Hispanic era. In this sense, from the list he highlights the elaboration of one of the most acclaimed dishes on the menu.
“If there’s one dish from this Mexican restaurant that best defines an era, it’s mol madre, mol nuevo. A simple-looking option that consists of a perfect circle of fresh sesame seeds surrounded by a large concentric ring of mole. It is a dish that has been on menus throughout Pujol’s history, capturing Mexico’s past, present and future all at once.
Those who want to see why this Mexican restaurant was voted the best in the country and fifth best in Latin America, according to the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America, can try its tasting menu at a cost of 2,395 Mexican pesos. Huh.
2. Quintonil (8th in Ranking)
Chef Identity Quintonil is also in the top 10 of the famous list Jorge Vallejo.
At this restaurant located in the exclusive area of Polanco in Mexico City, the organization highlights its “freshness” and “flavor.” As well as their ability to change the dishes in their tasting menu with each new season and always excel.
“Diners can expect Moorish crabs with green pipian sauce, sunflower seeds and blue corn toast, or marinated arugula in rice paste with Veracruz sauce and parsley. Not staying for dessert would be a mistake. Stewed mango with toasted rice and seaweed is the perfect way to end this Mexican festival of flavor”.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Quintonil had to temporarily close its doors in 2020. But during the crisis, his team kept working. He bought ingredients from farming families in Mexico City, and with them he cooked food for hospital patients and vulnerable families.
The menu at Quintonil is la carte. Main dishes cost around 500 Mexican pesos, while entrees cost an estimated 300 pesos. Those who prefer it can opt for the autumn tasting menu, which costs 3,280 pesos without pairings and 5,235 with wines.
3. Sud 777 (12th in the ranking)
In the 12th place of the ranking appears third Mexican restaurant recognized among the 50 best in Latin America. It is about Sud 777, which is located in the Jardins del Pedregal neighborhood in Mexico City.
The restaurant, founded in 2008 by Chef Edgard Nez, has climbed several positions in the rankings this year – in 2020 it was ranked 17th. The magic of its expansion lives in its commitment to “Mexican vegetable cuisine”, as vegetables are “the guiding axis of its gastronomic proposition”.
In Sud 777, ingredients move from garden to kitchen and from kitchen to table, as most of the raw materials are grown in local crops. The dishes on the tasting menu change according to seasonal vegetables and fruits, an aspect that differs from Latin America.
“True to Nez’s personal character, friendly, sociable and always willing to partake, the restaurant has a party atmosphere. The wide-lined space is divided into several rooms that feel intimate, while the tasting menu serves up those dishes. Changes monthly with names that sound postmodern, such as Liquid and Green, which is a cool seasonal vegetable and herb soup served as a raspberry salad.” reads the awards website.
As for the organization, Nez is “one of Mexico’s prodigal sons” with an outstanding international career, which includes his time at some of the world‘s most acclaimed restaurants, such as Noma or El Bulli.
4. Pangea, (15th in the ranking)
From the capital of the country we travel to Nuevo León. is a Mexican restaurant that managed to be recognized as the 15th best in Latin America. It is called Pangea and is a benchmark for contemporary haute cuisine in northeastern Mexico.
The place was born in 1998 under the direction of Chef Guillermo González Beristán. And has been one of the irreplaceable names ever since it began being awarded the awards of the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America list. The organization itself considers on its website one of the “most loved restaurants” in the history of the awards.
“The superb chef and his team apply modern French cooking techniques to the region’s exquisite local products, resulting in refined and delicious dishes. Beristain’s distinctive dish is a tad cooked in the chef’s Boccanegra craft beer, which is a dark wheat beer, served with cauliflower puree and indigenous husteca sauce, which is essential”.
They assure that Pangea is reason enough to go to Monterrey. Many la carte dishes are prepared at the Beristane stove. In addition, a tasting menu is offered for 1,845 pesos—with an additional charge of 935 pesos, if you want to have lunch—and a cheaper option for the day‘s menu at 675 pesos.
5. Rosetta (27th Ranked)
The fifth Mexican restaurant to enter the list is Rosetta, located in an old booth in the Roma neighborhood in Mexico City, and headed by Mexican chef Elena Reygadas. On behalf of the organization, they uncover the cook’s ability to change the register and succeed with the more delicate stakes that top the national content.
“Chef Elena Reygadas made a name for herself specializing in exquisite handmade pasta dishes. In recent years, the restaurant’s emphasis has shifted to a deeply Mexican sensibility, with reinterpretations of recipes for tamarind and sesame quail. It is served with lighthouse, dates and mustard greens.”
The dishes cost around 250 pesos, although in the case of meat and fish entrees, the cost rises to around 450 pesos.
Top 50. Other Mexican restaurants in
The Mexican Mayor from Guadalajara (32nd place) is also included in the list of 50 best restaurants in Latin America; capital Maximo Bistrot (33), Nikos (35) and Corazon de Tierra (40); As well as Cancun, Quintana Roo, Le Chic (38).
From Toluca in the state of Mexico, Amaranta ranked 44th.