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407 President Masaryk
Tel: + 52 55 5282 2064
This place is above the competition—literally. To reach it, you take a private elevator from the row of high-end restaurants that cuts through the mostly residential neighborhood of Polanco. In the sprawling dining room, angled wooden slats hide almost all the outside world. You wouldn't be contemplating the view anyway, as the food by chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso commands your full attention. The Basque-inspired menu is divided in half—one side traditional dishes, the other modern interpretations. But in reality, their presentation is so unique that every dish feels like it was created on the spot. Take the ensalada escuadrada de camarón, which literally means squared shrimp salad. The crustaceans arrive propped up on a little table constructed of leeks and fried yucca, an effect that might seem overdone if the shrimp weren't perfect. A small army of waiters tends to your every need, applying the finishing touches to many dishes, such as the sauce on the rib eye with baby corn and pigs' ears, tableside. They'll even light your cigar or provide a little stand for your purse.
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