Colonia Roma is such a revovling door of restaurants in Mexico City that sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Here are few of the latest additions that we think you should know about.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, $$$
Dedicated to the Spice Route that traders forged across the middle east, Paprika is a mix of Indian, Lebanese, North African and everything inbetween. The menu is heavy on spice, which you can imagine with a name like Paprika, and is the incarnation of a previous location in Colonia Juarez. The cocktail menu is inventive and the ambiance upscale casual. We recommend taking a crew and ordering everything on the menu so you get to taste it all (the fried Cauliflower in Tahini is especially delicious).
Por Siempre Vegana
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
You might already know this name. The Pro Siempre Vegana folks have a wildly popular taco stand on the corner of Manzanillo and Chiapas in Colonia Roma
that stays open late. We are thrilled to announce they now also have a taco joint for folks who want their delicious vegan renditions of Mexico City taco classics, but during daylight hours. All the same great options — soy chorizo, wheat pastor, soy saudero — and all the great salsas and toppings, plus a spot to sit down and enjoy your fare.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you are a fan of authentic Italian cuisine, it won’t get any better than Sartori, the new restaurant sharing its space with third-wave coffee phenom Buna. The restuarant’s chef, Marco Carboni, is a true purist, making his own pasta in the back of the house and serving up classic, well-plated Italian specials. Start with the proscutti and fresh figs and move on to the housemade tortellini. The vibe is romantic and intimate, but the place gets packed, best to make a reservation.
Restaurant, American, $$$
Hidden away on Orizaba, just across from the Lopez Velarde park, the rustic charm and delicious menu of Bonetta lure you to the southern part of the hood. The seating in their open dining room is a breezy lunch experience, make sure you try either the fried chicken sandwich or the French Dip, both will blow your mind.
Restaurant with Rooms, Italian, $$$
There is simply something about that Parina pizza crust, so puffy and delicious, everything just feels authentic and fresh, skip the appetizers and go right to the salads and pizzas. This pizza place deserves to be all over the city (they have locations in Lomas de Chapultepec and Polanco as well), because, well, it’s delicious, you can’t say that about every pizza place in the Roma. The ambiance is upscale but homey.
Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
Roma’s newest addition to its wide variety of cuisine from around the world, Lima700 plays homage to 700 years of culinary fusion, in particular the Inca and European blend that exists in the street stands and restaurants of Lima, Peru. The restuarant holds court in a beautiful colonial mansion on Tonala street and the menu is full of Peruvian favorites — make sure you try the ceviche and the anticucho.
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
A new loungey restuarant and bar, Departamento PB serves a mix of food genres within Mexican cuisine
. The bone marrow and ant eggs is exquisite and don’t miss the Oaxacan snack plate, but there are also a variety of high-end tacos (like porkshank marinated in beer) and a long list of signature cocktails. Right on Álvaro Obregón, the feel is classy-casual with black-uniformed waiters and low-slung tables and chairs on the street that make for perfect people watching.