The playful spirit of chef Martha Ortiz Chapa's aesthetic begins at this restaurant's entrance with its pink front doors and large gold, baroque design. In fact, baroque is the word that best describes this Polanco restaurant, located next door to the Las Alcobas hotel. From the entrance you can see lights in pink and green dangling from the ceiling. The chairs are decorated with flourishes of embroidery typically found on Oaxacan blouses and floors are painted a bright red. Ortiz Chapa, an admirer of Frida Kahlo, captures her spirit in the presentation of the food: multicolor quesadillas, salsas in patriotic colors (red and green with a dash of white from onions), and colorful crepe-paper wrapped cookies. The brilliance is not limited to the vibrant colors, it's also in the flavors. Beginning with a variety of "aguas frescas," including agua de Jamaica (sweet hibiscus water) and horchata (a rice drink) with rose petals. The eclectic menu includes ceviche with black sapote, cream of Papantla vanilla beans, squash flower in cream, carnitas in pipicha sauce, and various moles, of which the black chicken is the most successful. Dessert is a playful presentation on a miniature toy carousel of petit fours and traditional sweets such as tamarind coconut candies.
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Anatole France 100, near Presidente Masaryk
Our Rating Neighborhood Col. Polanco Hours Mon–Sat 1:30–11:30pm; Sun 1:30–5:30pm Transportation Metro: Polanco Phone 55/3300-3999 Prices Main courses M$450–M$650 Cuisine Type Mexican haute cuisine Web site Dulce Patria
MapAnatole France 100, near Presidente Masaryk Mexico City
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