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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

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