PUJOL

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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

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