Colonia Roma is an international blend in terms of residents and restaurants. In this part of the city you will find amazing Italian, Mexican-French, Japanese and Thai cuisine. There are a particularly high number of Asian-inspired restaurants in Colonia Roma and its sister neighborhood, La Condesa. Here are our absolute favorites for your tasting pleasure.
Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, $$$
With a reputation for being the trendy home of the hipster set for sushi and pan-Asian delicacies, MOG has been one of the survivors in Colonia Roma’s restaurant musical chairs. Their menu is huge with all kinds of Asian dishes that cross the continent in terms of flavor. They do a great pad thai, several delicious curries and some of the only sushi in the city without cream cheese and tampico sauce. Plus their space is delightfully chaotic and eclectically decorated.
Another pan-Asian spot, Sesame is a mad mix of delicious dishes ranging from lamb samosas to Vietnamese pork belly buns to spicy hot Thai curry. Their specialty is Asian street food and you will find all kinds of goodies from the streets of India, Thaliand, Vietnam and China on the menu. Their Pekin duck and grilled octopus are famed throughout the neighborhood. Tucked into a tiny space on Colima street, Sesame is a great place for an intimate dinner with friends or a loved one.
Fast becoming one of the city’s best options for authentic Japanese food, Kura delights with carpaccios, seaweed salad, sushi, Japanese pastas and lots and lots of fresh, raw seafood. The name is a combination of Izakaya, a type of Japanese bar and Kura, the name for a sake warehouse, many of which were converted into bars. Therefore it’s not surprising that there are 54 types of sake for diners to try, as well as bar-like snacks and small plates.
Mikasa is a one-stop-shop for all things Asian. As a grocery store they sell homemade tofu, fresh bamboo shoots, miso, kimchi and lots of traditional veggies included in Asian dishes. There are also the requiste sauces, oils, pastas, seaweed and a million other Asian cooking basics. All week long their small deli in the back sells sushi, tempura veggies, egg rolls, salads and other prepared foods and on Saturday and Sunday they have a giant barbecue and buffet on the store’s patio under large tents. The green tea shaved ice should not be missed.
Described as using Mexican ingredients, Middle Eastern spices, Japanese techniques and Korean pickled vegetables, the Nudo Negro – literally a black knot – lives up to its name with all the twists and turns you will experience on its menu. From Sobe noodles to falafel to barbecue duck, chefs Daniel Ovadía and Salvador Orozco mix and match traditional Mexican ingredients with cuisines from across Asia. Not to be missed our their grilled oysters with Sambal sauce, beef suadero (Mexico’s version of confit), bone marrow and wasabi.
An incredible recent addition to Asian food restaurants in Roma, Galanga is run by a Thai- Mexican husband and wife team and serves authentic and delicious Thai food to rave reviews. Galanga is a root much like ginger but with a stronger flavor and is the base of their curries and soups. The pad thai is, of course, the standout but the Pad Pak and the green, red, yellow and massaman curries also make our favorites list. This place is super popular on the weekends so best to make a reservation in advance.
A lunch place with a laid-back comida corrida vibe, Gohan Tin is has a bevy of great options for a little midday Asian food delight. Try the yasai don (grilled veggies and rice) and chuka don (seafood with rice) and definitely don’t miss the green tea cake. Another good option is the economiyake, a type of pancake made from eggs, veggies, seafood or beef and dressed with a sweet and sour sauce and mayo. This excellent lunch spot has super accessible prices and offers a nice contrast to some of the other fancier places on this list.