Blog updates have a been a bit slow recently, due to a combination of a looming accounting exam this past Friday and visitors in town! John’s mom and aunt, Penny and Chris, made the trek down to Mexico to escape the highly-unpleasant climes of most of the US during the month of February. They seemed to have a lovely time exploring all over Mexico City, as well as a brief side-trip via fancy-pants bus to Morelia. (FYI, the high rent buses here are apparently fantastic, with only 3 seats per row, sufficient leg room, multiple movies, a decent bathroom, and coffee/tea factilities– check out 360-degree views of ETN’s buses here: http://www.etn.com.mx/360.html)
Anyway, as a celebratory “John’s belated birthday dinner”, the four of us visited Izote, Patricia Quintana’s much-heralded restaurant in Polanco known for its fantastic modern renditions of traditional Mexican dishes. It unfortunately lacks a website, but is located on Presidente Masarik 515 in Polanco between streets Sócrates and Platón, phone #5282 3262.
The food was all fantastic. The menu has a great representation of seafood, and the various ceviches are all excellent choices for apps. (Alas, we neglected to get any appetizer pics, but the scallops in a Seville orange sauce were amazing and the lobster enchiladas quite tasty as well.) Prices are generally in the $80-200 peso range for appetizer-sized dishes, and between ~$200-390 pesos for entrees. We were appreciative of several reasonably-priced bottles of wine, and had a fantastic sauvignon blanc from Argentina for about $400 pesos.
Our only complaint was the service– we had several waiters who covered our table, but our apparently “primary” waiter was too good to pour wine. Our bottle of wine was in a bucket next to the table, thereby implying the waiter would be pouring it… First I sat with my glass empty for about 15 minutes, so John finally started pouring refills. Naturally the snobby waiter quickly appeared to take the bottle out of John’s hands, with a smirk that seemed to say “how tacky of you to do this”. When we later ordered a second bottle, snobby waiter brought the bottle to us, then left it on the table until a *different* waiter came over to open it… who then promptly dumped in the ice bucket without pouring any. Minor complaints, but when you’re eating at one of the top restaurants in Mexico City, one hopes for more attention, less condescension…
Brushing that aside, however, I will reiterate that Izote is definitely worth a trip to check out some fantastic food using authentic, local ingredients. While one could argue that you can find the same for a fraction of the price at the local tianguis, it is fun to see such a innovative, modern take on Mexican food once in a blue moon when the budget permits!! (and to that end, many thanks to Penny and Chris for treating us to such a memorable meal) Here are a few more pics from our night at Izote with a few must-tries for your next visit!