Tlaco: “Comida Ancestral”/ Fresh: vegan but for all / Havre 77’s Lunch Menu / Páprika

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HAVRE 77  OFFERS “MENÚ DE BARRA”
Havre is chef Eduardo ‘Lalo’ García’s venue for classic French cuisine. It is set in a pretty turn of the 20th century house in colonia Juarez. The menu is comrised of bistro classics such as frissé aux lardon, confit de canard, steak frites and bouillabaisse, all done textbook perfect as only Lalo can do. The raw bar features the best seafood from Baja California and even France itself.

Now, he is offering a 4 course bar menu during lunch hours – 1-5 p.m. – Tuesday – Friday. At $290 it is a great way to sample the superb fare for those on a budget. C’est magnifique!

Havre 77, Calle Havre 77, Col. Juarez, Tel. 5208 1070
Open Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 11 p.m., Sunday, Monday 1 – 5 p.m.

FRESH – Vegan for all

The spectacular 100-plus year old Art Nouveau apartment building at Chihuahua 78 has lived several incarnations since it was saved from neglect a few years ago. The latest is a branch of the small Canadian chain Fresh, a very good, completely vegan restaurant. The original, in Toronto, began as a juice bar and then quickly expanded to include real food.

The menu, although standardized – it is a small chain after all – includes faux burgers, salads, wraps and even tacos. This is not the usual “health food” everything-good-free kind of abnegating experience, however. Dishes are beautifully presented, utilize local produce and are carefully crafted. The vegetarians will be delighted and the tolerant carnivorous surprisingly satisfied. And the multiply divided space, respectfully re-done is a tranquil haven – modern, but reminiscent of its turn-of-the-century grandeur. Fresh is highly recommended.

Chihuahua 78, Roma
Open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. -11 p.m.
tel. 55 6385 5081

TLACO: COMIDA ANCESTRAL
Tlaco, a small locale on quiet calle Atlixco in the Condesa offers what the two handsome brothers who run it call “comida ancestral.” That is to say, simple antojitos, especially tlacoyos, the thick, eye-shaped filled masa snacks of the State of Mexico. They may come filled with spinach,  flor de calabaza, ayocote, a large, sweet bean, mushrooms, whatever is available in the market. Most offerings are vegetarian. Blue corn, prepared by the traditional nixtamalización process, is brought in from Puebla. An inexpensive ‘paquete’ includes a soup and an agua. In addition to the fonda, a pushcart sets up weekdays at the corner of Sonora and Av. Amsterdam, a block from Insurgentes.

Tlaco
Atlixco 155-A, between Alfonso Reyes and Campeche, Condesa
Corner Sonora & Av. Amsterdam, Condesa
Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday until 4, closed Sunday

PÁPRIKA COCINA DE ESPECIAS
This excellent and wildly popular venue has moved from its first home in colonia Juarez to la Roma. It is chef and provocateur Josefina Santacruz’ (see post) venue for tastes from North Africa and beyond. Standouts are a fragrant Iranian rice generously endowed with nuts and dried fruits, rich lamb meatballs from Turkey and the lightly sweet and aromatic Moroccan bastilla – chicken pie – here presented as mini empanadas. Dishes are small and wallet-friendly, meant to be shared. Price PP $200-300
 
Orizaba 115, between Chihuahua and Álvaro Obregón
Open Tuesday – Wednesday 2 – 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday until 2 a.m., Sunday until 6.
Tel. 5533 0303

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