The blending of cultures has always mapped out the culinary history of human beings. Without Mexico, Italy wouldn’t have its beloved tomatoes; without cinnamon from Asia, arroz con leche wouldn’t have the same zing; and let’s not even imagine a world without the wine grapes, first cultivated in Georgia around 8,000 years ago. The following restaurants in Mexico City mix and match culinary traditions to give you a taste of the global and a flavor of the local.
As the name suggests, Eloise is a chic, cozy, bistro-style restaurant in Mexico City’s southern San Angel neighborhood. While most of their dishes are versions of French classics, like French onion soup or short ribs a la bourguignon, the chef mixes in Mexican spices and endemic fruits and vegetables. The foie gras creme brûlée comes with a maracuya vinaigrette, and the tuna tartar is chopped up with cilantro, mango, and fried tortilla slivers. This is a place where you can get your French fix and a taste of Mexico at the same time.
Another French–Mexican fusion, Mexsi Bocu mixes Mexican huazontles with goat’s cheese and roasted tomatoes and sprinkles a bit of cotija cheese here and there to give their French-inspired dishes an added plus. The epazote raviolis are particularly divine, along with the cilantro couscous and salmon with a Mexicana béarnaise sauce. Their location, on the border between Colonia Roma and Colonia Condesa, is romantically lit and decorated with all the pomp and circumstance that you would imagine in an eclectic French mansion. The outdoor patio is particularly pleasant on warm summer nights.