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Merotoro

Hipódromo, La Condesa, Mexico City

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 90%
  • Food (Execution) 90%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 70%

Details for Location Reviewed
Merotoro

Locale: Hipódromo, La Condesa, Mexico City
Address: Calle Amsterdam 204

Telephone: +52 55 5564 7799
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Gourmet Mexican
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$ Menu items offered: Ceviche - Aquachile, Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Rice - Risotto, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours: Mon-Sat: 1:30pm to 11pm Sun: 1:30pm to 6pm

Restaurant Details
Merotoro

Locale: Hipódromo, La Condesa, Mexico City
Address: Calle Amsterdam 204

Telephone: +52 55 5564 7799
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Gourmet Mexican
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$ Menu items offered: Ceviche - Aquachile, Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Rice - Risotto, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours: Mon-Sat: 1:30pm to 11pm Sun: 1:30pm to 6pm

Summary of Review

Modern but warm and inviting ambiance. Great execution of modern Mexican fusion. First class service. One of Coma Beba's Top 5 in Mexico City.

Summary of Review

Modern but warm and inviting ambiance. Great execution of modern Mexican fusion. First class service. One of Coma Beba's Top 5 in Mexico City.

Restaurant Review for Merotoro

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.1 stars
Review Date: 09/21/2015

It was the week preceding the Awards ceremony for Restaurant Magazine List of 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America being held in Mexico City and I, by coincidence, was in town to obtain content for our Mexico City Preview. I was invited to have dinner during my trip to Mexico City with my friends from Santiago who are the owners, chef (Carolina Bazán), and sommelier of Ambrosía in Santiago, Chile, ranked #32 on the 2015 list. Dinner on this evening was at Merotoro restaurant in Mexico City.This was an excellent opportunity to put the menu of Chef Jair Tellez to the test. And I had some diners with pretty good palettes covering my backside on this review. Chef Bazán and I each tasted every appetizer course and main course and compared notes.For the first course we shared the octopus and fish tostado topped with avocado and microgreens (the seafood topping was cooked in and accompanied by vinaigrette de pata de res (cow’s foot vinaigrette). Yes … I know … It doesn’t sound so appetizing but take my word for it, this is the best tostado you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Just the perfect amount of heat, leaving just a slight tingling after I devoured it.The table shared a warm salad of wild greens and sea asparagus with bits of grilled octopus, blood sausage and two of the sweetest green onions I’ve ever tasted. Delicious.Next up was a ceviche with avocados, poblano peppers, slices of sweet onions and radishes. This dish was a bit “murky” in appearance, nothing like the light and colorful ceviche I’m accustomed to. But the taste was quite good. The perfect amount of acidity.The fourth appetizer we shared was my favorite of the first four courses. It was wild black rice with bits of octopus and shrimp in a smoky, chili sauce, topped with microgreens. The gravy-like sauce in which the seafood was cooked was complex and rich. And the al dente texture of the black rice was the perfect foil.Finally we had the Quijada de Ibérico Cerdo (pork cheeks) accompanied by a poached egg. Just as delicious as the other appetizers.For the main course, two of my dining companions had the pan seared chicken breast with broccoli puree and sautéed broccoli and sugar-snap peas (snow peas). It was very good but probably the most run of the mill plate of all the main courses at the table.I had the red snapper (huachinango) roasted and bathed in a delicious fish and mushroom broth. The skin of the fish was crisp and the flaky white flesh was cooked absolutely perfectly. This was an excellent fish course.Chef Bazán had the duck breast, oven-roasted, with mushrooms, wild mustard leaves and minutina (an heirloom herb, also known as herba Stella, staghorn, or Buckhorn’s plantain). The duck was just slightly overcooked although still quite juicy and the broth on which the duck was served was ridiculously complex and delicious. Very, very good.The final main course was cow’s tongue, braised and then grilled, sitting in a rich and flavorful bean sauce with a fresh “martajada” sauce and garnished with micro greens and radishes. The meat was tender. Perfectly cooked. And the flavor from the beans and salsa were truly unique.The table then shared two desserts. A Mexican granizado flavored with the petals of the Hibiscus flower, and accompanied by an orange and mescal flavored sorbet with a gourmet salt flavored with dried worms. (I note that the use of worms, larvae, and insects in indigenous Aztec recipes is quite common and has gained recent favor among Chefs in Mexico.) The shaved ice was fresh, and delicious but I personally did not like the strongly flavored salt as a complement. However, Chef Bazán liked the added salt as complement in the dessert.The second dessert was the Volcán de Avellana, a muffin-like pastry surrounding a creamy hazelnut filling, with “nata” ice cream and a caramelized banana (sort of a Mexican style Bananas-Foster).The desserts were good but in my not so humble opinion not up to the high level that Chef Tellez offered in his savory appetizers and main courses.The food, outstanding as it was, was equaled by what I thought was stellar service in a dining room that although somewhat stark and minimalist, uses heavy materials and dark colors to impart a contrasting warmth. This place is comfortable. It makes you want to sit and have another margarita.Chef Tellez is hospitable, approaching and sharing conversation with customers in the dining room, and a few shots of mezcal with our table.This was an enjoyable and informative evening. I saw and tasted a fusion of traditional European style with influences from both the Yucatan and Baja peninsulas. Merotoro should be at the top of any diner’s “must go” list in Mexico City.

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