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El Discreto Encanto de Comer
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.
Alfonso Reyes 96
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.
Col. Hipodromo Condesa
Intimate without being stuffy, classy rather than pretentious, Specia is a distinguished place where businesspeople, couples and friends will feel comfortable.
Calderon de la Barca 72
Thai Gardens is a place where the discerning palate will rejoice, while those hooked on exaggerated portions of blander eats might feel disappointed.
Lope de Vega 334
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.
Paseo de la Reforma 2210
Col. Lomas Virreyes
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.
Alfonso Reyes 193
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.
Avenida Coyoacan 1119
Col. Del Valle
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.
Paseo de la Reforms 325
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.
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.
Between Presidente Masaryk and Dickens
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.
Avenida Revolucion 1465
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.
Circulo Vasco Espanol
16 de Septiembre 51
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.
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5-6 poor to fair
7 fair to good
8 good to very good
9 very good to excellent
10 extraordinary to perfection