Fredi Magazine Winter 2016 / Volume 2 Issue 2 - Page 40

» a food & cultural mecca his avant-garde culinary skills at RESTAURANTE ATALAYA in Mexico City’s Santa Fe district. Each dish he prepares is a visual work of art that combines a unique array of textures and flavours that create a symphony in your mouth. From foie gras torchon with popcorn and wild berries, aguachile negro with shrimp and watermelon, scallops with potato foam, cochinita pibil and deer with ‘mole amarillito’ and banana purée, to an impressive array of desserts, this is a dining experience for the ages! Steps from the canals of Xochimilco, CHANTICO restaurant provides a picturesque Mexican setting to dine on traditional dishes. Served on colourful ceramic tiles next to an old-world kitchen, it feels like you are travelling back in time to dine among Mexican ancestors. Try handmade salsas, guacamole, quesadillas, sopecitos, habas, pata toasts, huahzontles, tlapique and nieve de pepino (cucumber ice-cream). When it comes to great culinary experiences, Mexico City provides many! Among them is RESTAURANTE NICOS in Colonia Claveria that serves traditional Mexican cuisine in a relaxed, local setting that feels like you are dining with family. Perhaps that is because this neighbourhood restaurant has been serving family recipes since 1957. What began as a cafeteria has since evolved into the beloved institution it is today, where architect-turned-chef, Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, reproduces the award-winning recipes passed down from his mother, Elena, using traditional cooking methods and locally sourced ingredients. Some of his signature dishes are quelites and nopales soup, duck salmagundi toast, smoked merlin carpaccio, dry soup and cajeta cheese flan. Named as one of the 50 best restaurants in Mexico on the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America List, this will prove to be one of your best dining experiences! 40 • fredi winter 2016 o c i x e M ine s i u C City One of the best views over Mexico City’s Centro Historico can be had on the rooftop of Central Hoteles’ BALCON DEL ZOCALO restaurant. Go for the delicious food. Go for the incredible views. Whatever the reason, just go! Executive Chef, Jose Salinas, ensures that every meal is nothing short of culinary perfection. Guests of Central Hoteles can learn the cooking techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine by embarking on a culinary adventure with Chef Salinas who will guide you through local markets to purchase fresh ingredients to experience the passion, love and dedication put towards each meal in a private cooking class. Move over Tequila, Mexico’s new national beverage is Mezcal! This Mexican distilled spirit is made with agave leaves employing old-world traditions. One of the best is SIETE MISTERIOS MEZCAL. The brand was created by two brothers with a vision and mission to rescue the Mezcal tradition and bring it to the international market. Once you try this superior drink, you will never go back to Tequila! STAY / At Zócalo Central, you book the flight and the hotel’s ‘Experience Planners’ will help you plan the rest. Located in the city’s historical epicentre, the 105-room Zócalo Central is housed in a 400 year old historical building that once belonged to Hernán Cortés, the man who conquered Mexico City from the Aztec. The hotel’s impressive rooftop restaurant – El Balcon del Zócalo – serves some of the city’s best food and offers breathtaking views over the Zócalo Plaza. FLY / Aeromexico offers direct and affordable flights into Mexico City. LIFE&STYLE //