With pretty much a permanent spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, Pujol is arguably the most famous restaurant in Mexico. Chef Enrique Olvera, who was featured in the Netflix series, Chef’s Table, is widely credited as the man who sparked off this wave of nouveau Mexican cuisine. His goal, he says, is to create haute food without compromising on rustic flavors and traditional cooking techniques. To understand what Olvera means, order his signature dish, the Mole Madre. Traditionally, mole is a complex sauce made from a blend of chilli, herbs, nuts, fruits, and spices drizzled over meat and other ingredients. At Pujol, a rich chocolate-hued mole which has been simmered for over 1,000 days (and counting) is served with a freshly made reddish-ochre mole as a main course, with a basket of tortillas as accompaniment. The difference in the depth, flavors, and textures of the aged and young moles are transcendental. The restaurant is a design lover’s dream come true. Designed by architect Javier Sanchez, the zen interior is decked out in Mexican-made furnishings and features a stunning light-filled courtyard that’s perfect for sipping a post-meal artisanal mezcal or two.
Ant mayonnaise over smoked baby corn