For a dining environment that’s a little more cool yet casual, make a beeline for Amaya. With exposed brick walls and concrete beams, vintage floor tiles and an artsy mural, the restaurant fits perfectly into the chic, youthful vibe of the Juarez neighborhood. It is owned by Chef Jair Tellez, who also runs two other acclaimed dining establishments in the country – MeroToro in Mexico City and Laja in Baja California. The BajaMediterranean cuisine features fresh coastal catch and farm-to-table produce and meats for the ultimate in surf and turf. Think beef tartare with line-caught grilled fish and crispy soft-shell crab. Oenophiles should also know that this is one of the pioneering restaurants in the country to feature an allnatural wine list, with many of the wines sourced from Tellez’s family-owned winery. Natural wine production is still in its infancy in Mexico, but the tipple featured here offers diners a unique taste of the country’s rich terroir, making a natural wine pairing a worthwhile accompaniment to a gastronomic deep dive into Mexican cuisine.
Amaya’s vibrant interior