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Restaurant Guide.

BUSINESS MEXICO brings you an ongoing list of some of Mexico City's top restaurants, rated by cost, service, decor and cuisine. A new restaurant is rotated into the list every month, and we encourage you to send in your comments, recommendations and criticisms of the restaurants you've visited in order to compile the most complete listing possible.

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El Discreto Encanto de Comer

Orizaba 76

Col. Roma

Tel.: (5)533-6074

Boasting a tight repertoire of classic French cuisine, the restaurant's style actually fills out its content quite nicely. At the end of the night, my only remaining complaint was the overly discreet and staid air of the place.

* 9

** 8

# 10

## $20

Agapi Mu

Alfonso Reyes 96

Col. Condesa

Tel.: (5)286-1384

Detailed with arches, vases and wall paintings that smack of ancient Greece, Agapi Mu's decor is the perfect backdrop for its authentic Hellenic cuisine.

* 9

** 9

# 8

## $10

Specia

Amsterdam 241

Col. Hipodromo Condesa

Tel.: (5)564-1367

Intimate without being stuffy, classy rather than pretentious, Specia is a distinguished place where businesspeople, couples and friends will feel comfortable.

* 10

** 10

# 9

## $15

Thai Gardens

Calderon de la Barca 72

Col. Polanco

Tel.: (5)281-3850

Thai Gardens is a place where the discerning palate will rejoice, while those hooked on exaggerated portions of blander eats might feel disappointed.

* 9

** 10

# 9

## $20

Gruta Edhen

Lope de Vega 334

Col. Polanco

Tel.: (5)545-0755

Be sure to arrive at Gruta Edhen's with an appetite and a group of friends. The restaurant lends itself to worry-free feasting--and it's a good thing, because this is an eating experience you don't want to rush.

* 10

** 10

# 9

## $15

Hunan

Paseo de la Reforma 2210

Col. Lomas Virreyes

Tel.: (5)596-5011

Hunan does serve up very good food, but nothing so extraordinary or so exotically unknown to the palate that a plate of food should cost four times as much as one in a Chinese cafe.

* 8

** 6

# 10

## $20

Parrilla--Pizzeria Quilmes

Alfonso Reyes 193

Cal. Condesa

Tel.: (5)516-1438

Quilmes' authenticity is based on its homey appeal, and the overwhelming conclusion that this really is what your typical, run-of-the-mill restaurant in Argentina would feature.

* 8

** 7

# 9

## $10

Harumi

Avenida Coyoacan 1119

Col. Del Valle

Tel: (5)559-4717

The Japanese emphasis on presentation is not forgotten at Harumi. Every dish arrives to the table too pretty to eat--until you've taken the first bite. While Harumi drives a hard traditional line, it doesn't alienate those who are less Japanese savvy and more curious to try interesting eats.

* 8

** 9

# 8

## $10

Bice

Paseo de la Reforms 325

Col. Cuauhtemoc

Tel.: (5)533-0344

Looking out on a pleasant fountain and garden oasis that separates your dining experience from the chaos of Reforms, Bice is for hearty eaters--those who value density over flavor variation have found their roost.

* 7

** 9

# 9

## $20

Litoral

Tamaulipas 55

Col. Condesa

Tel.: (5)286-2025

Litoral is a gastronomic mixed bag, with a varied yet familiar menu featuring something for everyone. Appropriate for both power lunches and first dates, Litoral should launch an advertising campaign that stresses their delicatessen side, encouraging future clientele to drop in for lunch.

* 8

** 9

# 8

## $15

Dawat

Seneca 31

Between Presidente Masaryk and Dickens

Col. Polanco

Tel.: (5)281-8020

It's great Indian food for Mexico City, but perhaps those accustomed to something closer to the source might be disappointed by how toned down some of the dishes are. The extensive menu (71 listed options) and surprisingly reasonable prices are definite saving graces.

* 8

** 10

# 9

## $11

Zeco Caffe

Avenida Revolucion 1465

Col. Tlacopac

San Angel

Tel.:(5)661-0772

It's both homey and gourmet, laid back and tasteful, with hearty European and nouveau Mexican comfort food. The huitlacoche pizza and pan noruego were the favorites of the evening.

* 9

** 9

# 8

## $20

Circulo Vasco Espanol

16 de Septiembre 51

Col. Centro

Tel.: (5)518-3051, (5)518-2908

A last bastion of the dying tradition of the three-hour weekday comida, the restaurant fills up at 2 p.m. with hungry office workers ready to refuel on tequilas and paella. The food is hearty and excellent, and there is something comforting in the well-worn, non-threatening dignity of the place.

* FOOD

** DECOR

# SERVICE

## COST (IN U.S. DOLLARS)

5-6 poor to fair

7 fair to good

8 good to very good

9 very good to excellent

10 extraordinary to perfection
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