This time we lodged at the Hotel Stanza, which is somewhat above our usual budget, but we used some frequent flyer miles to pay. The Stanza is a busy, full service hotel, with bellhops, wifi throughout, a large restaurant: "Wings"; hotel taxis, business center and a gymnasium. (Naturally, we didn't visit the latter.) Rooms vary a lot in size, so look first before settling in. We enjoyed two nights both coming and going, and I recommend it to you. Rooms vary greatly in size, so look at a couple before settling in. Avenida Álvaro Obregón 13, Colonia Roma Norte, México, D.F.
As to Wings, the restaurant: I usually follow a policy of not eating in the restaurants of the hotels in which we stay. There are some exceptions. For example, if our departure is imminent and the hotel restaurant is most convenient. We have only breakfasted twice at Wings, and it's serviceable. They offer a breakfast buffet for $90 pesos of which Señora Cuevas sampled.
This is their menu page. It's one of those slower loading, virtual menues with images. Have fun!
On our second visit, I had Huevos Veracruzano ($90); eggs scrambled with tomato and onion and rolled in tortillas, bathed in a smooth sauce of frijoles negros and sprinkled with crumbled chorizo. Naturally there was also the obligatory crema and queso. I did have to send it back as it was tepid, but that was cheerfully carried out. This is an above average dish.
The highlight of breakfast are the creamy, custardy panes de elote, $12 pesos each. Served warm, and I recommend them.
The low point of any meal at Wings are the dreadful bread rolls served in a basket, for which each person is assessed $12 P. It would be best to refuse the bread before it is brought to you. We didn't try the pan dulce.
The coffee is weak, but they bring lots, depending on how busy they are. At peak times, the restaurant is somewhat hectic and service lags. But when not very busy, the waitresses are friendly and chatty.
Conclusion: pricey for mediocre food. They will give you a senior discount if you present an INAPAM credential.
We prefer Bisquets, Bisquets de Obregón for casual, diner type meals. There are two locations close by, on Av. Álvaro Obregón 60, corner of Calle Mérida. Breakfasts are the best meal, but you can do all right with supper. The aguas frescas are above average. The café con leche is justifiably famous. The pan dulce, made in-house, is very good, but the plain bread rolls very poor. The prices are substantially lower than those at Wings, and overall, it's a better, if cozier place. Again, INAPAM discounts for the qualified.
Moving now, up the price ladder, to Sobrino's, where we went for dinner. This was our second visit. Sobrino's is part of a triad of restaurants in el D.F. It was preceded by Primo's and Tío's. Be aware that these are hip restaurants serving expensive food. The kitchen has creative ambitions which sometimes, but not always hit their mark.
Sobrino's is located on Avenida Álvaro Obregón at the corner of Calle Orizaba. This is the heart of Nuevo Hip Roma. (El Diez Parrilla Argentina is across the street on Orizaba.)
The ambience of the restaurant is bistro like, and the menu is international with Mexican flourishes. At busy times, it is very noisy, in part due to the tiled floors plus background music.
|Suggestions of the day
|Dorado en Hoja Santa, etc.
|Torta Ahogada de Pato
|Ensalada de Berros (previous visit)
(I should add that a Sobrino's hamburger, served on a non-traditional length of baguette, is one of the best I've had in el D.F. and a relative bargain. And, it comes with papas fritas included.)
Service: **** Almost too well attended. We were asked by at least three different members of serving staff if we'd care to order something to drink; all within about 5 minutes. However, once we put in an order, service was swift and efficient.
Price: $$$ Our bill, for the above mentioned food, one agua mineral y una cerveza Bohemia Oscura was about $600 pesos, before tip.
Ambience: "Bistrot"; crowded, noisy but overall, handsome.
Rest room: small but clean, "Retro" look.