An inland taste of Baja California
Watch out for award-winning chef Jair Tellez, direct from famed Baja California restaurant Laja, in this superb seafood hotspot that plays host to excellent surf and turf. Offering divine Baja California-inspired cuisine, MeroToro has an expansive menu full of culinary delights to suit any diner. Located in the upscale Condesa district, this restaurant has embraced the interior design movement of the moment – all exposed wood and beams – and draws an upmarket crowd to match. Dress to impress but prepare to enjoy a surprisingly laidback atmosphere.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1.30pm-11pm, Sun 1.30pm-6pm
Watch out for: The namesake mero dish
Address & telephone number: Calle Amsterdam 204, Hipódromo Condesa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, +52 55 5564 7799
El Jardín del Pulpo can be found in the Mercado de Coyoacán, making it the perfect place to indulge before or after a visit to the house of Frida Kahlo, located in the same neighborhood. Don’t come expecting fine dining, as this is plastic-table-and-chairs food all the way, but don’t be put off by appearances either. Other restaurants here also specialize in mariscos, but its corner location makes Jardín del Pulpo the best-known and most popular, not least because of its delicious seafood-stuffed chilies, whole fried fish, and namesake pulpo (octopus).
Opening hours: Every day 11am-6pm
Watch out for: Simple seafood soup
Address & telephone number: Mercado de Coyoacán, Ignacio Allende S/n, Coyoacán, Distrito Federal, Mexico, +52 55 5339 5708