WHERE TO GO
Written by: Danaé Salazar.
Photography: Fabiola Zamora.
Veracruz 38, Roma Norte
M-Sa: 08:00–23:00, Su: 10:00–18:00
T. 7098 1422
This is one of those new places one arrives at through recommendations, because you’re curious to try a new spot, and even more so, when this mouth-to-mouth has guaranteed their breakfasts are really special and you won’t regret it. This tiny café at Condesa (its official zip code is Roma, but we’re used to calling this area Condesa) has French owners and service, and is a good option to switch to from the traditional spots in the neighborhood and steer clear from crowds and waiting lists. But don’t expect a delicate or efficient service, it’s actually quite dry and slow. Its cuisine is within the range of the acceptable, but we must give a special mention to their croissants, and their portions are well served, which means you will have a satisfying breakfast, like a poached egg with goat cheese or a worthy toast with avocado. Its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, as well as their wine selection, has a French touch. It is simple and practical but don’t expect an out-of-this-world culinary experience.
La corriente cevichería nais
Orizaba 28, on the corner of Puebla, Roma Norte
Su-Tue: 11:00–21:00, W: 11:00–22:00 Th: 11:00–23:00, F-Sa: 11:00–00:00
T. 5207 0731
Although it’s niceness is just in its name – a last name coming from Tijuana, where the original La Corriente can be found, a mandatory stop, by the way – this newly inaugurated restaurant’s greatest feat is, undoubtedly, its cuisine. The star on the menu are ceviches, prepared Baja style, but the rest is an ode to seafood prepared in a casual style, almost as a barefoot dance on the sand by the seaside. Aguachiles, tostadas, tacos, all mixed with seafood, sauces – the queens of the party – a lot of lime and laughter for all. This little, nice spot, with a fun concept, hyper kitsch décor, and an ideal place to give free reign to your party mood, is located on a privileged corner of the Roma neighborhood and houses good friends and long talks, but it’s also a perfect stop for a quick michelada and tostada combo. Give it a try and order the Arab shrimp taco and accompany it with one of their clamatos: the “AA”, the “Ponte guapo”, or the “Tiburón Tiburón” – with these names you only have to let your imagination fly.
Orizaba 219, Roma Sur
T. 7591 0310
Many places commune under the flag of “yummy and healthy”. Many of which have taken advantage of the health trend and have built their whole discourse on it. But Bonetta is different and it doesn’t just stick to healthy despite its cuisine being, well, basically that. Its ingredients, all produced locally, are the umbilical cord of its cuisine, which is always one step ahead, to the point of being somewhat avant-garde (for some even exaggeratedly so), like their wholegrain matcha waffles. We like this place, located at the front of a typical Roma mansion, lined with wooden walls and plants to evoke warmth and an environment of cleanliness and being natural. It is now starting to feature jazz nights to keep the good vibes going from eight in the morning until midnight. Their juices are a must and, although their breakfasts are the hype of the neighborhood, we have to start giving their lunch a chance and try the marlin sandwich, on a loaf of artisanal bread and a Greek yoghurt dressing with mint, or the quinoa salad, with green leaves, Feta cheese, pear and pumpkin seeds.