Azul Condesa

| August 18, 2011

If you are in any way familiar with the culinary scene of Mexico City (and even if you are not), you have most likely heard the name Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. Before coming to Mexico I had heard of this chef, but I must confess I didn’t know much about him. However, ever since I started hanging out with Ruth Alegria, I’ve learned a huge deal about Mexican cuisine, the people and chefs who are working hard to give the world a new perspective on our cuisine. It turns out that chef Ricardo has written several cookbooks: Verde en la Gastronomia Mexicana, Cocina de Yucatan,  Salsas Mexicanas, Los Chiles Rellenos en Mexico, and Diccionario Enciclopedico de Gastronomia Mexicana (Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy)

His café Azul y Oro in UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) has received great reviews because of its accessible prices (perfect for university students) and amazing food, which is highly influenced by the cuisine of Oaxaca. A couple of months ago his new restaurant, Azul Condesa, was in everybody’s mouth, literally. I had the opportunity to visit and meet chef Ricardo in person some months ago. My experiences there were so good that I decided to write a review, something that I don’t usually do.

My first encounter with Chef Ricardo was a business meeting with some people planning a Culinary conference in Mazatlan and Puebla. Chef Ricardo gave us a sample of the delicious food he serves in the restaurant (I heard the options & prices are similar to the menu and prices at his café in UNAM, pretty impressive considering that Condesa restaurants can be pretty pricy). We started out with a Oaxacan tamal that was very good. The masa was perfectly cooked with a very nice texture and the right amount of heat.

When the time came to order the main courses, chef Ricardo recommended I have the arroz tumbao, a traditional dish of the state of Veracruz, from the special menu Festival Jarocho (Jarocho is slang referencing the people and food of Veracruz) that was being featured that month. The dish reminded me of Jambalaya, lots of spiced up seafood in a stew with rice. Unfortunately, and this was a common issue that day, the dish was a little under seasoned. However, that wasn’t such a big deal because of the flavors of the dish. I ended up eating all of it.

The best part of the dinner, for me, was the desserts. Chef Ricardo ordered 4 desserts to be shared with everybody at the table.  Although they were all very good, my favorite was the tiramisu. Yes, I know this is not an Italian restaurant and even chef Ricardo explained to us that the reason he included this dessert in the menu is because in Mexico City, it’s very difficult to find good tiramisu. His tiramisu was the best I’ve had in many years. Who would’ve thought that I would have a great tiramisu in Mexico City! However, I can’t recommend it anymore. I don’t know if they changed the recipe or what, but the tiramisu hasn’t been good any of the other times I’ve visited Azul

The main reason to go back to a restaurant is the food. However, the service, ambiance, price and decor of a place are very important, too. For these reasons I highly recommend Azul Condesa to all my friends and visitors. Every friend who has visited me in Mexico City from the U.S. has had the pleasure of eating there and they all agree that this is a great restaurant.

Another good reason to constantly go back there is that every month they have a different food festival. The ones I can recall now are Jarocho, Moles and Pipianes, Mango and Yucatan. This weekend a group of friends are getting together there to welcome my friend Jon to Mexico City. I’m looking forward to find out what festival chef Ricardo has this month for us. For now I leave you with some great dishes I’ve tried. The dishes are: Mango cold soup, Deer Salpicon, Shrimp in Mango sauce, Tamales, Deer steak in pipian and Veracruz fish.

Will I go back? Definitely! Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Azul Condesa is definitely a great place to visit if you are in Mexico City. I will gladly take you there anytime you want.

Azul Condesa
Nuevo Leon 68 Colonia Condesa, Ciudad de México 06100, México
(55) 5286 6380

 

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  1. Belinda says:

    Ok. This much pretty much confirms we must come visit.

  2. Joan Nova says:

    Beautifully illustrated! I’m convinced too!

  3. purabi naha says:

    Nice post!! I enjoyed reading this. I am really amazed by the delectable food displayed! Great photographs!!

  4. Simply Life says:

    oh this looks fabulous!