Limosneros makes for a great Mexico City option if you want to try out edible insects. Here they serve up dishes bathed in sauces that feature the earthy, salty flavor palate of ground grasshoppers, plus the classic escamoles or even cocopaches (a type of beetle) served with cheese and squash blossom. Equally, if you don’t want to dive in headfirst, why not just have a simple glass of mezcal served with a worm or grasshopper salt accompaniment.
What better place to chow down on some insects than in the historic and beautiful Condesa neighborhood? At the rather appropriately named Azul Condesa, you can do just that. Although this is definitely one of the more upmarket places at which you can try out some culinary specialties, it’s reflected in the beautiful execution of the dishes; take, for example, the grasshopper guacamole which is topped with diced, rather than whole, grasshoppers. If you’re a little on the fence about eating something with eyes, this might be the place to go.
Ranked the fourth best restaurant in Latin America at the time of writing, Pujol also dabbles in insect accompaniments. Pujol is most definitely a fine-dining establishment that may take some effort to even get a reservation for, but again, it’s worth taking the time (and money) to pay a visit. Here you can check out insects used in a much subtler way than just sticking them in a tortilla – at Pujol, they’re incorporated into the sauces and seasonings and added to the chef’s signature dishes.
By Lauren Cocking