Founded and led by the couple Jorge Vallejo and Alejandra
Flores, the Quintonil restaurant is since 2015 in the list of the 50 best
restaurants in the world, now occupying the 9th place.
The chef Jorge Vallejo,
although new, has a load of gastronomic experiences to envy. Vallejo graduated
in culinary arts at Ambrosia, her first professional experience in the kitchen
was working on cruises around the world. From there the chef worked in the
kitchens of Pujol, the Condessa DF hotels, Habita, Hotel Capital District and
in 2010 he served as executive chef of the St Regis kitchen.
Alejandra Flores holds a
degree in restaurant management from CESSA, a master in business administration
with a hospital focus and a marketing specialist at the Les Roches education
center in Switzerland. It was working at Pujol that Alejandra and Jorge met,
she was director of operations for the restaurant and Enrique Olvera Group.
When Chef left the hotels, he
embarked on a knowledge experience in Copenhagen. Back in Mexico, Vallejo and
his wife decided to open their own restaurant: O Quintonil, where Alejandra
runs the salon and manages and Vallejo leads the kitchen and menu.
In the renowned
high-gastronomic restaurant, the dishes served to carry all the knowledge the
chef has brought cooking and studying in kitchens around the world. What makes
the menu even more incredible is the use of ingredients typical of Mexican
cuisine that are taken from a garden that has in the restaurant itself, thanks
to the initiative Origins, founded by Vallejo in partnership with chefs Mauro
Colagreco, restaurant Mirazur, in France and Virgilio Martinez, who heads the
restaurant Central in Peru. The initiative seeks to keep ingredients, techniques,
and customs of the kitchen of small Latin American communities, without using
pesticides or any artificial ingredient.
Speaking of the menu, the
restaurant presents only the option of a tasting menu that undergoes changes
during the year due to the availability of ingredients. This happens with both
dishes, as well as desserts and even with the wine and drinks menu. My choice
was a 12-course option, where what most charmed me was the reinvention of
guacamole, worth a try. The desserts are also stunning, very appetizing.
Quintonil, when compared to
another famous and respected restaurant in Mexico, Pujol, could have impressed
more, yet it is a sensational restaurant. The presentations were spotless, the
dishes delicious and the place is super cozy and beautiful. One of the mottos
of the place is to welcome the customers well and treat them like family as
well as all the staff and this is very well passed on to those going to the
I was very well received and
met there, it was a great pleasure to be with the whole Quintonil team and to
have this new gastronomic experience. I hope to come back!
The first doubt that arises when we travel is where to stay, not only in a hotel but also the city. Here are some tips for those who want to go to Mexico City, but still have this doubt.
1. Polanco District
If you’re looking for hype and sophistication, this is the perfect neighborhood for you.
At the Polanco, you will find the best bars and ballads, such as 1 OAK, a branch of a NEW York night house. It is very possible to cross with celebrities and important people belonging to the Mexican High Society since the neighborhood is the residence of these figures.
But If you prefer a restaurant, or something more like shopping, there you also have the option of the best shops and the best places to eat in the city.
The best hotels in the region and I indicate are:
– Hotel St. Regis
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Hotel St Regis Mexico City. Foto: Booking.com
A luxurious and comfortable place to stay. The St. Regis offers an indoor pool, three gourmet restaurants, and first-class rooms.
– W Mexico City
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W Mexico City. Foto: Booking.com
This luxurious hotel you can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa or whatever/whenever services that offer everything you can imagine.
– Four Seasons
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Four Seasons Mexico City. Foto: Booking.com
The Contemporary Hotel offers a 24-hour concierge service. Staying there you can enjoy the well-equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool and, after a busy day, who knows how to relax in the whirlpool or sauna.
For those looking for a more intimate environment, the Polanco also offers boutique hotels, which are super indicative, such as the Hotel Habita and the Dominion Polanco.
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Dominion Polanco. Foto: Booking.com
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Hotel Habita. Foto: Booking.com
2. Countess District
If your style is more good vibes, the Countess is the perfect place. Considered the chic hipster area of the city, the neighborhood is full of pubs and local brands to have fun.
The best hotels in the area are:
– Countness DF
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Condessa DF. Foto: Booking.com
A luxurious hotel that offers comfortable rooms and, in some units, a living room. The Countess DF also has a rooftop bar and a cinema room for those who enjoy it.
– Laredo 18
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Laredo 18. Foto: Booking.com
Another great option, in this case, the apartments have even a kitchen equipped with a microwave and a terrace that allows a breathtaking view.
3. Historical Center
The name already says on its own, in the center are located historical landmarks of the city, as the Metropolitan Cathedral, but it becomes away from the bars and the coolest ballads, which are in noble areas.
I Recommend the Hotel Downtown, located in the region, for those who have more explorer instinct and want to know the city center.
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Hotel Downtown. Foto: Booking.com
The Downtown is located in a 17TH-century palace that has been restored and transformed into one of the most elegant design hotels in the city. The accommodation, as elegant as the outdoor area, has high ceilings and tiled floors. The Hotel also has a bar with a terrace where you can see the city.
Another incredible option of a place to stay is the Hotel Marquis Reforma. The Hotel is located on Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, one of the main and most famous in Mexico City. At the Marquis, you have a luxurious setting and an incredible spa, plus have your comfortable accommodation overlooking the garden of Chapultepec Castle.
A handy guide to places to visit in the main Mexican city
There is a lot to do in Mexico
City, which makes someone look confused when they are going to set up the
itinerary of the trip days, so I leave here what my perfect day would be like,
visiting the best places in the city.
It would start very early walking along the Reforma, the long and famous avenue downtown. La can be found in the charming castle of Chapultepec, one of the main tourist sights. The castle is immense, has a beautiful garden and provides a good view of the city.
Castle of Chapultec. Photo: Google
Straight ahead you come across the Tamoyos Museum, which has a great coffee shop, and the Museum of Modern Art, which can not be missed. Nearby is also located the Hotel Downtown, quoted on my list of places to stay.
Another morning tour option is the Teotihuacan Temple of the Sun, which is housed in a complex of historic pyramids, one of which is the third largest in the world. The place is usually warmer than the rest of Mexico City so it’s important to always be well prepared.
Pyramid of the Sun in the Teotihuacan complex. Photo: Google
The afternoon starts with a good lunch at the Loma Linda restaurant, a large steakhouse opposite the beautiful Soumaya Museum. The place is known for its contemporary architecture.
Soumaya Museum, one of the main architectures of Mexico City. Photo: Google
Jumex Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Google
And speaking contemporaneously, next to the Soumaya is the Jumex, a museum of contemporary rotating art. The two museums, one next to the other, form one of the most beautiful blocks of Mexico City.
Now, if you are a fan of photography and architecture you can also do a tour of the National Cineteca and Torre Palmas 55. Both places are incredible.
National Cineteca of Mexico. Photo: Google
Museum of Frida Kahlo. Photo: Google
And if what you love is history, besides doing the tours already mentioned, nothing better than a night in the historic center, where you can explore landmarks of the city such as the Frida Kahlo Museum, Zócalo, and the wonderful Opera House.
Polanco street at the night. Photo: Google
The nightlife of the city is really very attractive, there are good ballads and bars for those who do not give up closing the script with a touch, but my night would end more calm, in some rooftop in Polanco or There Rome. Or probably in one of the restaurants already mentioned in the previous post, where I point out the best restaurants, in my opinion, of the city.
Everyone has been taken away
by their own will someday, so that it is not more important and has a list of
great months to visit Mexico.
This does not apply to many times of the climate changes, without in Mexico it does not very much a variation of temperature during the seasons. In a year goes from 0 ° C to 22 ° C, which ends up changing somewhat the preference of tourist points in year times and, inevitably, prices.
In January we have a predominance of a colder
climate because it is a winter month. At that time there is even the
possibility of snow in the country that is very much expected by tourists who
go to the country in search of an icy and beautiful experience.
February is the end of the winter season,
although it is good to go prepared with cold clothes, it is always advisable to
leave with something less hot under the layers of clothing, as the temperature
can rise during the early afternoon and you will feel warm.
Speaking at the beginning of
the year, January and February are considered the driest months due to the lack
of rain and the low temperatures.
Already in March / April the spring begins and
stretches until the month of June, with its charm and cooler mornings with long
and hot days with little rain. These months are great for those who plan to
travel less paying not to come across crowded sights.
In June / July the summer begins, it is school
vacation, this means that everything is more expensive and full. It is a very
rainy season of the year, which greatly improves the quality of the air, even
so, it is not raining so devastating that you cancel a ride, just leave always
accompanied by an umbrella. This climate remains until the month of September.
Autumn comes as spring, the months of September to November are pleasant, much less rainy, and with it a little drier than spring. It is also considered one of the best times to travel to Mexico, especially for the holiday of November 2, one of the most important in Mexico: The Day of the Dead.
At the end of November, the winter season
begins again. In this period it is customary to find ice rinks in the cities
and places like the Bosque de Chapultepec are even more beautiful. It is also
very common to see Christmas trees and incredible decorations.
When it comes to such a versatile place, I
think it is a person’s preference for a cold or hot holiday, but in my view the
best months to get to know the city are the terms, during the fall or spring:
April, May, September, and October. These months allow you a more pleasant
climate and greater possibility to visit the sights calmly.
I had the opportunity to stay at Condesa DF during my last trip to Mexico and I did not regret it. The Condesa is located in the neighborhood of Condesa, one of the most trendy neighborhoods of the city and very close to Polanco, the noble neighborhood of the place.
Belonging to the group, owner of the most luxurious and exquisite hotels in the world such as The Habita Hotel and The Robey Chicago, this hotel does not leave anything to be desired in its modern architecture and decoration as in the services they offer.
Inside is a total redesign and very cool. Mexican architect Javier Sanchez and French designer India Mahdavi have conspired to create 40 beautiful rooms on three floors.
The property also has a huge terrace on the roof where one of the most trendy bars of this region is located. Offering elaborate cocktails and delicious Japanese food, the famous Condesa DF terrace is frequented by local artists, socialites, and bigwigs until the small hours.
There is also a cinema in the basement that offers art films on weekends and an underground disco that rings well after midnight. That’s my tip for anyone going to Mexico City.
I would highly recommend the stay at Condesa DF, there for sure you will be very well received and will have an unforgettable experience.
Already been there? Leave in the comments what you think!
I separated by neighborhood and time the best bars and restaurants in Mexico City.
District of Polanco
In the elegant and upscale neighborhood of Polanco reside the greatest celebrities of Mexico, so there is a great place for those who seek sophistication while traveling. The restaurants I indicate there are:
Loma linda – Lunch
Loma Linda. Foto: Google
The Loma Linda has an open and extensive area, with outdoor tables and quite comfortable. The place is a steakhouse or steakhouse, call whatever you want. It is well worth having lunch there and tries the varieties of meats and cuts of the Menu.
Emílio – Lunch
Emilio. Foto: Google
In this restaurant you can taste of the Spanish cuisine, being in Mexico, but do not give up the beloved Mexican taco. The Emílio has a chic and pleasant atmosphere, accommodates well and has ambient music.
Ivoire – Lunch
Ivoire. Foto: Google
Make a reservation at the restaurant across from Lincoln Park and indulge in the tasty French cuisine in the heart of Mexico. The small restaurant offers plenty of comfort and rustic decor, blended with nature. It’s simply, beautiful!
Pujol – Lunch or Dinner
Pujol. Foto: Google
Pujol is among the 50 best restaurants in the world. Its high gastronomy appeals to all palates, including vegetarians. Click here to read more about this charming place.
Cipriani – Lunch or dinner
Cipriani. Foto: Google
If you love pasta and Italian food, this is the perfect place in Polanco for you. The Cipriani has pizza options over traditional ravioli and vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Quintonil – Lunch or dinner
Quintonil. Foto: Google
One of the 50 best restaurants in the world that enchants with its concern with good dishes in presentation and flavor and with sustainability. Quintonil’s main focus is contemporary Mexican cuisine and it offers a well-organized, harmonized and comfortable lounge. Read more about Quintonil!
Limantour – Heat
Limantour. Foto: Google
Located in Av. Oscar Wilde, Limantour is a great liquor store to go before a hot night. Your warmth is guaranteed there. The drinks are simply amazing and the bar has plenty of room to sit too.
Roof Top Habita – heat
Rooftop Habita. Foto: Google
Mainly for anyone staying at Habita, the rooftop of the place is the perfect place to warm your night.
El Japonez – Heat and dinner
El Japonez. Foto: Google
Pleasant with its large, modern lounge, El Japonez innovates Japanese cuisine with Mexican techniques and ingredients.
Nobu – Heat and Dinner
Nobu. Foto: Google
In the sophisticated restaurant you have the option of dining or heating. The place seats well who want to sit at a table and taste the Japanese menu and also who is in search of a bar with drinks and faster dishes.
Rosa Negra – Heat and Dinner
Rosa Negra. Foto: Google
In the sophisticated restaurant with a focus on seafood and Latin food, you sample from exotic to classic dishes and wonderful drinks.
Rosetta – Heat and dinner
Rosetta. Foto: Google
The Rosetta is an Italian restaurant in Mexico City, the menu card changes periodically according to the season of the ingredients. The restaurant is successful with both the Chef’s creations and traditional Mexican dishes.
J By Jose Andreas – Dinner
J by José Andrés. Foto: Google
The restaurant menu mixes Mexican and Spanish food very well. The space has a terrace and very pleasant environment.
Tori Tori – Dinner
Tori Tori. Foto: Google
Tori Tori is a super modern and sophisticated restaurant. It is considered one of the iconic restaurants in Mexico when it comes to Japanese food.
San Ángel Inn – Lunch and dinner
San Angel Inn. Foto: Google
The San Angel Inn is, in my opinion, a touristy spot of Mexican cuisine. It is the best place where a tourist can go to enjoy the true Mexican food. The environment is extremely pleasant and has a stunning garden, the service is not even talked about. Impeccable!
In the Hipster neighborhood of Mexico City, in addition to great hotels to stay, you also find the best restaurants, such as:
Zanaya – Lunch or dinner
Zanaya. Foto: Google
The Zanaya is located in the Four Seasons Hotel. The menu features innovative Mexican dishes and seafood.
Sartoria – Lunch or dinner
Sartoria. Foto: Google
Focused on Italian and Mexican cuisine, the Sartoria has a large lounge with pleasant ambiance and outdoor seating for those who enjoy enjoying the city during their meal.
The Capital Grille – Lunch or dinner
The Capital Grille. Foto: Google
The charming restaurant on Av. Paseo de la Reforma serves dishes focused on American cuisine and has a sensational wine list.
Restaurante Hotel Carlotta – Lunch or dinner
Restaurante Hotel Carlotta. Foto: Google
The restaurant is on the terrace on the third floor of the Hotel. The atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated. The very nice Menu features Mexican dishes and a great wine list.
Rooftop Condesa DF – late afternoon
Condesa DF Rooftop. Foto: Google
The Rooftop of Condesa DF boutique hotel is the perfect place for a late afternoon with a wonderful view from the terrace. There you can have good drinks accompanied by Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere is very cozy and captivating.
Mog Bistro – Heat and dinner
Mog Bistro. Foto: Google
Mog Bistro, despite its name resembling a French restaurant, is an Asian / Japanese restaurant, where you find a large menu that pleases all palates. Its environment is rustic and pleasant.
Asian Bay – Heat and dinner
Asian Bay. Foto: Google
When it comes to Chinese food, the Asian Bay surpasses all expectations. The ambiance is perfect for those who want to chat afterward.
Carlotta Y Emília – Dinner
Carlotta Y Emília. Foto: Google
Great place for a nice and even romantic dinner. Much of the tables are open air and you can sample a menu from a menu with great pastas or even hamburger.
Azul histórico -Lunch or Dinner
Azul Historico. Foto: Google
The restaurant has a very different style, colorful and rustic, all very vibrant. But it is a very nice and beautiful environment. The menu is made up of typical and sophisticated Mexican dishes.
Limosneros – Lunch or dinner
Limosneros. Foto: Google
With its sophisticated and different structure, the Limosneros serves a contemporary menu of typical Mexican food, with local ingredients and well selected.
Miralto rooftop – Lunch or dinner
Miralto Rooftop. Foto: Google
Located on top of one of Mexico’s oldest buildings, the rooftop has a nice menu focused on local cuisine and an incredible view of the city.
The Pujol was founded by Enrique Olvera 19 years ago in
Mexico City at 800 meters from the National Museum of Anthropology. It Delights
the most critical palates in the world, from vegans to those who do not eat
gluten, and certainly mine!
One of the 50 best restaurants in the world ranking, Pujol occupies the 13th position with its high Mexican gastronomy.
It’S impossible to visit Mexico City without wanting to know this place they’re talking about. I had the opportunity to meet and I’m sure it’s worth the following reading to learn more about this amazing experience. And visit too.
Olvera, today at 43
years old, is formed in New York, but his first dishes were made in dinners for
friends and his parents. That’S how the world began to meet the incredible chef
who was behind that man.
He himself said, in one of the episodes of Chef’s Table on
Netflix, to have suffered quite in the beginning, since in Mexico there is a
great prejudice in relation to the profession, but with head held forward and
today his kitchen, even modern, does not abandon the Natural ingredients of
classic Mexican cuisine.
The Restaurant Lounge is also beautiful and is well
organized and cozy, although it is a small place. It’s a blend of chic and
relaxed. You can try the tasting menu that is updated from three to three
months observing the beautiful view of nature around the restaurant or make a
reservation in the extensive “Barra de Tacos”, a taco bar that
accommodates up to 12 people.
The Place Menu is based on your belief that where you find
the best ingredients for beautiful dishes is in nature, so do not use
artificial ingredients or with gluten. There are two options for those who
visit the restaurant: the menu 01, Which is composed of ingredients from the
earth and has as main the various types of maize children’s Museum explored in
Mexico, includes dishes like open Papadzul of Quintoniles and a café Tamale.
The 02 menus are prepared with seafood and you can taste from a delicious fish
Ceviche to a more complex octopus with pickles and carrots. It is important to
emphasize that the chef takes full care of its ingredients, without attacking
them or altering its flavor, it just highlights the flavors. Which makes the
experience even more singular.
Besides being extremely tasty, the presentation of the dishes is beautiful and conceptual.
Henrique proves in his gastronomy that what makes an
amazing dish is not the amount of fat he uses but the quality of spices and
It is certainly worth separating a little while on your
journey to enjoy a unique moment like this. After all, it’s not any restaurant.
It was an immense pleasure and an unrivaled experience to be in this amazing restaurant of a renowned and award-winning chef like Henrique Olvera. I am Still speechless for this experience, I am very grateful to open your kitchen to me and no doubt I wish to return more often.
The St Regis in Mexico City, voted the best hotel in the city, is
located on Av Paseo de la Reforma, neighborhood Colonia Cauahtemoc. One of the
most important avenues of the city, is 12km away and was named after the
important political changes that occurred in the city.
The hotel is very well located, close to the most famous sights of the
Mexican city. They are only four blocks separating the Hotel from the
Chapultepec castle, Tamoyos museum, museum of modern art and squares that
surround the Reformation.
Around the hotel you can find many highly reputed bars and restaurants,
shops and also many attractions, such as the monument Angél de la Independence.
Besides the tower with more than 46 m in height, where it is possible to see
the whole avenue from the top.
The St Regis Hotel is one of the most beautiful architectures the city has, as well as being an extremely tall and colorful building. For it is practically all built in glass.
With impeccable interior, everything designed to make you feel at home, comfortable and have all the luxury you need in one place. It is a wonderful hotel, both outside and inside. Not the will to leave!
In addition to all the comfort, your pet is allowed. That is, you do not have to leave your furry at home to enjoy the holidays, he can go with you. It has all the necessary support your pet needs while there.
Service is impeccable. Everyone here is very attentive and every day I came across chocolate bars and pampering on my pillow.
There are three choices of rooms, deluxe with a king size bed, deluxe with two queen beds and also the bedroom with a king size bed. They are more or less the same standard, with beds, TV, sofas and also a table for work. Also, the louder, the more wonderful the view you will get from the entire city. The rooms are extremely comfortable and have everything you need within reach.
All are carpeted, to make the environment even more cozy and warm on cold days.
At the hotel itself you will find the complete spa service with relaxing massages, drainage and everything else you need to fully relax. The spa staff is very friendly, always ready to greet you with the best smile and care you can imagine.
Next to the spa you will also find the fitness center, so you do not have to worry about your body when eating at all the wonderful restaurants. The gym is large and has very new equipment, very well maintained and complete for you to train well.
And you will need the gym because inside the hotel you can enjoy restaurants that are open for lunch and dinner. Some need specific attire, such as the French for formal attire. It is important to remember to make reservations before going to these restaurants, to ensure all comfort and convenience. They are restaurants with impeccable and delicious meals!
And finally has a very nice leisure area, with swimming pool so you can attend both on hot days and cold days. Because the pool also possesses the possibility of lukewarm water for the days that are colder, so you can enjoy it all the time, not just on very hot days.