I visited Mexico City in December for vacation, mostly to eat! This was my second visit to CDMX and was kind of a last minute trip. I didn’t do too much planning. I arrived on a Sunday evening, and after checking into my hotel in Condesa I went for a late dinner at El Tigre Silencioso in Roma Norte, because I saw it on @mariacarmen ‘s excellent report and it was open after 10 on a Sunday.
It’s a cool multi-level location with a patio in Roma Norte, in a converted mansion.
To drink, Vermut de la Casa Blanco ($110) - a glass of the house white vermouth, which is from Baja California. Kind of savory, perhaps from the sour and salty olive on a toothpick (I think it was an olive) garnish.
And also a nice Negroni del “Tigre” ($210)
Aceitunas Y Queso Ramonetti ($120)
Several kinds of olives and cubes of Ramonetti cheese.
Unfortunately they were out of their signature smoked trout and ikura sandwiches and the tuna with butter. Instead, I had the Tostada de Pescado ($170) which was really good, and my favorite dish of the night. The fish was maybe a hamachi? It was quite meaty. It had a savory mayonnaise underneath the fish, sitting on top of a crunchy shell, and was drizzled with olive oil which added more richness.
I also had the Taco de Chile Mixe Relleno ($145), which was a Pasilla chili that I think was maybe rubbed with hot chili powder (it had a lot of heat), filled with molten ramonetti cheese and refried beans. This was on top of a flour tortilla. Quite good and quite spicy.
And the Fideo de Camarón con Tocino ($260) which was broken spaghetti like noodles in a rich but not too rich creamy sauce. I liked it though the shrimp could have been a touch less done. It had little chunks of fatty smoky bacon in it.
For lunch the next day, I made a return visit to Contramar in Roma Norte, which was one of my favorite meals from my last visit. It was pretty full on a grey and rainy Monday afternoon, but the bar had some spots open and I was seated right away.
To drink - a Paloma ($165)
To eat - tostadas - Pulpo ($172.50) and Atún ($172.50), half orders of each. The tuna was as good as before - this is a must order! The pulpo was in a creamy octopus salad form. These were also quite good, though not as great as the tuna tostadas.
And the Jaiba suave ($720), which was a fried soft shell crab with chilis, onion, and cilantro. Delicious. the soft shell part of the crab provided a slight crunch. It came with four flour tortillas with which to construct tacos. I think it may have meant to have been shared
This was another great lunch at Contramar. I was too stuffed for dessert but I did have a Carajillo ($209), a sweet coffee cocktail with rum and Licor 43.