Chef Alam Méndez
Pasillo de Humo is a fine, casual spot located upstairs at the recently inaugurated Mercado Parian in the heart of Condesa. It is an extraordinary Oaxacan ‘antojería’ under the baton of chef Alam Méndez who happens to be the son of Celía Florian, chef/owner of Oaxaca’s renowned 15 Letras. The “pasillo” refers to the smoky passage in that city’s market where tasajo–dried beef— is grilled over wood-fueled coals; here, smoke from the grill dissipates in sunny the high-ceilinged space, designed by Paul Curuchet and Luciana de la Garza of Estudio Atemporal. The restaurant, which opens for breakfast and comida only, offers classic regional specialties such as crispy flat tlayudas, tamales, intriguing egg dishes served in polished clay cazuelas and of course, moles. I love the earthy verdant mole verde, aromatic with minty hoja santa. The best ingredients are imported from the south, tortillas made by hand. This is a welcome addition to the capital’s under-represented Oaxacan venues.
Pasillo de Humo
Mercado Parian, Nuevo León 107, primer piso, Condesa
Open daily 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1st image courtesy @bistrebistro, 3rd image courtesy Queremoscomer.com