El Racó hides its numerous pleasures behind a modest facade, with a view of the northern part of the Parque México. From the moment you walk in the door and are seated with a sincere and warm welcome from Sr. Hector Uguarte, to your first taste of the creations of Chef Alfonso Cuevas*, it all makes a very pleasant experience.
|The celebrants two years earlier|
We were bought olives, and after a pause, good bread and butter.
As this dinner was in celebration of our anniversary, we chose a bottle of vino blanco espumante. We chose one of the lower priced cavas. However, Sr. Uguarte generously brought us a superior bottle at the same price. It was, according to my sketchy notes, Jané Ventura Xarel lo Macabeu i Parrillada. It was delightful, semi-dry and refreshing.
There was a small card on the table with Las Sugerencias del Chef. These were the specials of the week, among them a celestial Crema de Pimiento Rojo, and a woodsy Sopa de Hongas; shiitakes, clavitos y tejamaniles. These came as small but deeply flavored portions.
|Crema de Almejas|
When it is done, the chef uses two spoons to remove the salt, bones and serves it table side. It's made without any condiments or adornments other than a touch of olive oil. The accompanying Pastel de papas, laminas of potato baked with a bit of cream, were a nice side. If you want the pure fresh taste of fish, this is an ideal dish.
|Chef Cuevas bones the Huauchinango streetwise|
We finished our meal with Triángulos Rellenos de Crema con Salsa de Café, from the sugerencias. These resembled wonton wrappers, filled with pastry cream, deep fried and served with a small amount of a coffee syrup or sauce. Very nice, light and not as elaborate nor as expensive as the desserts from the regular repertoire.
Service: *****+ Very warm and personalized attention from the staff.
Ambience: very modest, casual, but comfortable.
Bathrooms: down a few steps. Small, but clean and well kept.
We will return whenever we can to this restaurant.
Location and Contact:
Av. Sonora 174-A Col. Hipodromo Condesa C.P. 06100, México, D.F. Tel. 52862188 Fax 52114343
*No relation to this blogger.