Double-digit tourism growth predicted at Jalisco’s haciendas and manors

Enjoy your own private pool at Hacienda el Carmen.Enjoy your own private pool at Hacienda el Carmen.

Double-digit tourism growth predicted at Jalisco’s haciendas and manors

They’re pricey, but visitors can expect much more than just a place to lay their heads

Double-digit growth is predicted in visitor numbers this year to rural Jalisco, where an overnight stay at a historical hacienda or manor is one of the unique experiences on offer.

Both Mexican and foreign tourists are increasingly willing to pay rates of between 2,500 and 10,000 pesos (US $130 to $520) a night to stay at properties that provide a rich experience full of culture, history and art, according to a report in the newspaper El Economista.

Antonio Gutiérrez Martín, president of the Association of Haciendas and Manors of Jalisco (AHCJ), said that visitors who opt to stay at such properties can expect much more than just a place to lay their heads.

“For example, in the city of Sayula, you could have a rate of 2,500 pesos [per night] but that doesn’t mean that they’re only going to give you a bed and a bathroom. It implies a complete experience, your senses – sight, smell and touch – will be awakened . . .” he said.

Gutiérrez added that visitors to Sayula, a municipality about 120 kilometers south of Guadalajara, can visit the house where acclaimed writer Juan Rulfo was born.

Sampling regional specialties such as cajeta (caramelized goat’s milk) and ponche de granada (pomegranate punch) and visiting workshops where knives are handmade by skilled artisans are also popular attractions in Sayula, he said.

Returning to the subject of unique, traditional accommodation, Gutiérrez said that the target market for historical haciendas and manors is people aged 40 years and older.

“Due to the rates we charge, it’s not easy tourism, it’s tourism in which the standards are quite high,” he said.

“We have rates of up to 10,000 pesos. For example, there are rooms at Hacienda El Carmen in Ahualulco de Mercado [a municipality 75 kilometers west of Guadalajara] where it’s quite an experience . . . [having] a private space with a private pool and spa,” Gutiérrez said.

He said that AHCJ data shows that 80% of people who stay at the organization’s 40 properties are Mexicans and the other 20% are foreign tourists.

The latter mostly stay at properties in or around the better-known tourist destinations of Tequila and Puerto Vallarta, Gutiérrez explained.

People who choose to stay at the haciendas and manors in Jalisco can expect a high-quality and memorable experience, the AHCJ chief added.

“. . . We have committees that review quality standards of each of our associates and that means there is a guarantee that the experience will be positive.”

Source: El Economista (sp) 

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Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort announces a New Cultural Round Table Series

  •  Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort announces a New Cultural Round Table Series

    Dos Catrinas restaurant, the dramatic new culinary offering at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, will play host to the first of a new cultural round table series presented by the resort, with this edition designed to celebrate Dia de Muertos.

    Known in Mexico as a “tertulia” – a gathering of intellects, similar to the days of the Algonquin Round Table – the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort will present this first cultural tertulia under the title of “Catrinas Fest”, hosted by Executive Chef Jorge González and his team, along with some guest chefs and mixologists, to delve into the meaning and tradition behind Dia de Muertos and the key element that
    food plays in this most revered of Mexican celebrations.

     

    For more details and to book your Dos Catrinas Fest Package, please call: 1 866 280 9490.

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VALLARTA NAYARIT GASTRONÓMICA IS BACK WITH A GALA LINEUP

VALLARTA NAYARIT GASTRONÓMICA IS BACK WITH A GALA LINEUP

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is ready for a new cycle with the slogan “We have a story to tell,” right on the heels of their big celebration for their tenth anniversary.

During a press conference, last Thursday, August 29, event organizers and directors Carlos Elizondo and Consuelo Elipe shared how what started out as a training seminar is today a top-ranked festival, one that continues to evolve offering the latest and greatest from Latin America’s culinary landscape.

Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are getting decked out from September 29 through October 3, 2019, to celebrate the eleventh edition along with 36 renowned chefs. Between them the chefs have received multiple Michelin Stars and Soles Repsol, as well as top spots in The 50 Best Restaurants and Top Chefs. Sommeliers, mixologists, and world-class speakers will also be present.

Jesús Carmona Jiménez, president of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlighted the importance of gastronomy as a key asset for the promotion of the Riviera Nayarit. He encouraged a continuation of the joint work between Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, especially now that the Mexico Tourism Board is closed.

“The region has so much to offer, diversity, events, etc., but now we need to celebrate and promote our gastronomy,” he reiterated.

VNG 2019 is staying true to its origins with show cookings, premium tastings, gourmet workshops, the GastronomiKids segment, samplings, an expo area, wine-pairing dinners, and special events. The event is also setting an important precedent by evolving and improving its experiences through new events aimed at strengthening business alliances and touching on topics of interest for the industry including:

Gourmet Night Out, a meet and greet between the top 100 Decision Makers in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with sponsors and press that takes place during a private cocktail party in the expo area of the Hotel Sheraton Buganvilias. This VIP closed-door networking event is for a select group of destination professionals designed to close business more effectively.

This year’s lineup includes some of the most important and media-savvy chefs in the world as well as some expert speakers including: Eddy Warman, gastronomy and wine specialist with a popular radio show; Anette Michel, Master Chef host on TV Azteca; Ramón Dios, founder of gastrocoaching and owner of Mesón Fuencarral; and Cecilia Núñez, editorial director and partner at Food & Travel México; among others.

Chef Lula Martín del Campo, with her vast experience as a chef and with the media, is emceeing the event and is hosting one of the main wine-pairing dinners on the program.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2019 undoubtedly has a fantastic lineup that includes several surprises to be announced during the inauguration.

The world of wine and spirits is sharing the latest news and products via sommeliers and mixologists. This year the event features two of the greatest: Martin Kovar and Israel Díaz. As far as private events, the welcome cocktail is a much-anticipated gala event.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica wouldn’t be complete without GastronomiKids. This segment began in 2016 as part of its social responsibility program and stayed on to help the less-fortunate kids.

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CAFÉ DES ARTISTES INVITES TO THE CARPACCIO AND CRAFT BEER FEST

CAFÉ DES ARTISTES INVITES TO THE CARPACCIO AND CRAFT BEER FEST

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Jul. 19, 2019
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Café des Artistes (Guadalupe Sánchez 740, El Centro) has prepared one of the summer’s freshest specials: The Carpaccio and Craft Beer Fest, that will be celebrated from July 15th to August 15th of 2019.

From 6:00pm, Café des Artistes will offer a special menu focused on the carpaccio, a fresh and peculiar dish that combines representative ingredients from Puerto Vallarta and Europe, with the distinctive touch of the chef Thierry Blouet.

To pair this light dish and cool off, you would be able to taste the diverse craft beer options that will be available in the menu, where you will find national and international brands.

Make a reservation by clicking here.

8TH EDITION OF THE CEVICHE AND AGUACHILE FEST IN PUERTO VALLARTA

8TH EDITION OF THE CEVICHE AND AGUACHILE FEST IN PUERTO VALLARTA

Estefanía Montes

Jul. 23, 2019
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This Sunday July 28th of 2019, you will be able to enjoy the 8th edition of the Ceviche and Aguachile Fest, which will take place at the Lázaro Cárdenas square.

During this eighth edition, you will be able to try more than 30 different types of ceviche and aguachile, where recognized local restaurants will present their unique and new recipesin a culinary celebration ideal for this summer.

To complete the experience a variety of drinks such as flavored water, cocktails and craft beer will be available. And for dessert, a delicious homemade sherbet.

This event will start at 1:00pm, it will be open for the public and will offer special prices.

To learn more about the 8th Ceviche and Aguachile Fest in Puerto Vallarta, click here.

VALLARTA FOOD TOURS

VALLARTA FOOD TOURS

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Downtown Vallarta Food Tour announced it has been recognized as the fifth place winner in the Food Experiences category of the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards for Experiences, ranking #5 out of over 2,200 global food experiences.

The second annual Travelers’ Choice awards for Experiences highlight the world’s top bookable experiences on TripAdvisor, by category and country, based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings by travelers worldwide.

With more than 200,000 experiences on TripAdvisor, these winners are in an extremely competitive field and represent the best-of-the-best with only 1% receiving this award.

Back in 2011, Paul Mayer and Lindsay Prime Mayer started Puerto Vallarta Food Tours with the tag “Become a local in 3 hours”. Thousands of “new locals” later, Vallarta Food Tour’s Original Downtown Tour has been recognized as a top ten food experience (#5) in the world by Trip Advisor and #1 tour in Puerto Vallarta out of 255.

Food tours have become a favorite among travelers who are eager to learn and enjoy the best the city has to offer in a short time. With more than 8 tours on the roster, travelers can enjoy a variety of regional dishes including mole, fresh ceviche, birria tacos, refreshing tuba, succulent coconut, and a tortilla straight out of the conveyer belt! All with a good smattering of the city’s sights, history, and people.

Co-founder Lindsay Prime started the tour after realizing that many people were stuck in tourist traps, missing the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

“People often ask us ‘where do the locals go to eat?’ We wanted to create an experience for people to learn not only where locals eat, but also the history of the dishes and their importance in Mexican culture,” Lindsay enthusiastically explains, “We love living here and wanted to showcase the food, the culture, the families, the history. Vallarta Food Tours allows us to do just that!”

You’ll find art at Mercado Coyoacán, but the main attraction is food

The entrance to the best seafood and barbacoa in Coyoacán – Mercado Coyoacán.The entrance to the best seafood and barbacoa in Coyoacán – Mercado Coyoacán.

You’ll find art at Mercado Coyoacán, but the main attraction is food

For seafood and barbacoa it’s worth its weight in pesos

Mexico City’s Coyoacán, meaning “place of coyotes” in Náhuatl, is known as the city’s historic artistic center, thanks largely to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s influence on the neighborhood.

At Coyoacán Market, just a few blocks from the Frida Kahlo Museum, the lasting influence is apparent.

On weekends, facing the market at Parque Allende, local artists sell their (often quite good) freshly painted canvases. And inside the market is filled with bright and beautiful Tehuana fabrics, handmade bags and leather goods, and an overabundance of Frida Kahlo t-shirts and novelties.

The real draw of Mercado Coyoacán, however, is the food. Because of the huge tourist draw, everything can be a bit more expensive, but when it comes to seafood and barbacoa in particular, it’s worth its weight in pesos.

Early afternoon on a weekday – when the longest line is for the watch repair and the kid shredding a guitar along with Bohemian Rhapsody barely turns a head – is a perfect time to miss the crowds. But if you’re traveling in a duo or smaller, a Saturday or Sunday afternoon will provide the best neighborhood people watching.

Trapped inside the menu at Tostadas Coyoacán

Trapped inside the menu at Tostadas Coyoacán.

Here are some of our favorite places to snack, or completely overindulge, at Mercado Coyoacán.

El Jardín del Pulpo

Spilling slightly out on to the sidewalk at the market entrance, on the corner of Malintzin and Ignacio Allende, is the gold standard for Coyoacán seafood delights, The Octopus’s Garden.

Although slightly pricey, the lobster and langostino plates are truly some of the best in Mexico City, and their shrimp cocktails and smoked marlin can hold their own against any marisquería. Toss on some of their housemade habanero salsa for an added kick; just be forewarned that it’s HOT.

Ostionería El Limoncito

Known for the big-hearted grace, and sometimes wild antics, of its owner, Don Salvador, El Limoncito has been a Coyoacán Market mainstay for 30 years. They’re consistently lauded for their ceviches and seafood cocktails, but the fried fish tacos are one of the absolute gems of the market. And with a three-course seafood meal for 100 pesos, you really can’t afford to stay away.

Sit at the counter of Limoncito and read the board out loud – nothing there to disappoint

Sit at the counter of Limoncito and read the board out loud – nothing there to disappoint.

Tostadas Coyoacán

One of the best known stands in the Mercado, Tostadas Coyoacán is mostly responsible for the market’s world-tostada-renown, and it’s certainly for good reason. Their bright yellow menus offer dozens of topping choices – octopus, various ceviche and mole mixes, pig’s foot – many with photos.

There are six separate bar-style eating areas, with patrons seated facing each other to spark conversation. Sitting at shining yellow countertops, surrounded by giant blown-up menu items printed on yellow tarps, you get the feeling you’re actually inside the menu.

These are serious tostadas, piled high with goodness, and come out about 45 seconds after ordering – from the heaps of fresh toppings behind the counter. It’s a lively scene, with waiters-cum-barkers shouting, “There’s room over here! There’s room over here!” – a bit Disneyland, slightly crazy, but definitely tasty.

Cocina Mary

For the simple comida corrida (three courses for 55 pesos) or the standard market fare, try out Cocina Mary. It’s busy, even early on weekdays, but there’s always room at the counter. The enchiladas are famed among local workers, and the pozole on Saturdays and Sundays runs out quickly.

Always a happy crowd at the counter of Cocina Mary

Always a happy crowd at the counter of Cocina Mary.

El Borrego de Oro

Barbacoa – whole roasted or stewed sheep — is a long-running weekend tradition in Coyacán, and El Borrego de Oro is a neighborhood favorite. Only open Saturdays and Sundays, The Golden Sheep is located toward the back of the market and most often enjoyed straight from Sunday mass, so be be careful not to drip grease on the good church clothes.

The deliciously tender shreds of meat are usually placed simply on a tiny tortilla or fried in a taquito, with just a bit of onion and cilantro on top. But for the deeply unctuous, full barbacoa flavor, try some barbacoa bone broth consommé with rice and garbanzos – known to be the ideal cure for a hangover.

Mixiotes

Right nearby is the only mixiote stand in the market, also open Saturdays and Sundays. Mixiote is meat (usually mutton, chicken, goat, or pork) seasoned with pasilla and guajillo peppers (and a variety of other spices) and char barbecued on the bone inside the outer skin of the tough maguey leaf – adding a strong, smokey, bittersweet flavor. On a tortilla with a squeeze of lime or topped with onions is the preferred way to enjoy mixiote. Add a cold beer and your weekend is all set.

• Mercado Coyoacán runs along Malintzin between Ignacio Allende and Abasolo, open from 8:00am to about 7:00pm daily.

This is the sixth in a series on the bazaars, flea markets and markets of Mexico City:

RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION

RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION

The Riviera Nayarit has confirmed its participation in Restaurant Week, a gourmet festival that will be held from May 15th through June 10th with the inclusion of 12 of the destination’s restaurants—double the number of registrants from 2018.

Generally speaking, this is the second year in a row the record for participating restaurants has been broken with 62 restaurants preparing for the 2019 event(the previous record was established in 2018 with 59 participants).

The event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto VallartaTourism Trust. Restaurant week is one of several top culinary events held in the region.

Participants comprise a wide range of types of cuisine and are located all along Banderas Bay, providing local and foreign diners with the opportunity to taste the varied flavors of the destination at reduced prices.

Throughout the event, these venues will offer innovative, three-course menus (with three different options each) and will be grouped into three price categories: $289, $399 y $466 MXN per person, which in some cases represent a discount up to 50 %. Note that tips and beverages are not included in these prices.

This year’s 62 participating restaurants are: Amadeo’s Bistró, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Bistro Limón, Bistro Teresa, Bistro Orgánico (Hotel Cielo Rojo), Blanca Blue, Boccon di Vino, Boquería Hidalgo, Café des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos, El Arrayán, El Dorado, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cappella, La Cigale, La Leche, La Palapa, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Bistro Café, Le Kliff, Lobster Paradise, Lupita Mexican & Seafood, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Sapori di Sicilia, Seasons PV, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Beach, Sonora House, Spice Market, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Umai, Venazu and Vitea.

The 16 restaurants joining Restaurant Week for the very first time are: Amadeo’s Bistro, Bistro Limon, Boquería Hidalgo, Eclécticos, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Lobster Paradise, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Sonora House, Spice Market, Umai and Venazu.

Editor’s Note: Roadtrip Otra Vez!

 

 

Editor’s Note: Roadtrip Otra Vez!

This past weekend I took to the road (again) under the guise of research and headed north to the small town of Chacala, the last beach town before you drive into the mountains, on your way to Compostela. It’s a fishing village that has grown in recent years to become a lively tourist destination. On the weekends the beachfront restaurants are packed with families enjoying freshly caught seafood and playing in the surf.

The beach is flat and the gentle waves shallow, perfect for small kids and those who don’t want to get their hair wet. The water is so calm that there are paddleboarders in the bay, even in the later afternoon. A couple of sailboats are moored offshore, and colourful fishing pangas line the pier just off the main beach. It’s ridiculously idyllic. And affordable.

Looking like a scene out of an advertisement for a tropical dream vacation, the palapa roofs and swaying palm trees inspire you to imagine a simpler life. And by the looks of the crowd, there are a fair number of people who have settled in Chacala, at least for the winter, living exactly this life.

If you know me, you know I gauge how much I like a place by how much I want to pack everything and move immediately. I loved Chacala so much I messaged a friend and asked her to help find me a long term rental… maybe this is the big move my horoscope is warning me about.

If you have a chance to visit this village, I highly recommend it. There are many rooms on Airbnb and a dozen or so hotels with rooms that start at $400 pesos for double occupancy (I suggest splurging on the 800 peso rooms). There were vacancies in most places I enquired at, so as long as it’s not a major holiday or a long weekend, you can probably show up and find a room easily. There are plenty of restaurants and a couple of small grocery stores. Pack a bathing suit, and you’re good to go!

Now, if you’re not up for a road trip this weekend, there are plenty of great events happening around the bay including all the live music venues which you can check out here.

This week is also the 8th Annual International Charro Championship in Arena Vallarta. This high-energy 5-day event is the highlight of rodeo aficionados and features some of the best horsemen (and women) from Mexico and the United States. Charro is recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and is an intrinsic part of Jalisco and Mexican culture. You can learn more about the events at www.arenavallarta.com. Look for details on how to travel by bus from Vallarta and Nayarit to the arena in these pages.

This past week was the final week of voting for the 2nd Annual Best of Vallarta Reader’s Choice Awards. 1000’s of votes were cast and will now be compiled, and the winners for 2019 will be announced in a couple weeks. Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to vote and to read the ‘Best of’ guide we published this month. Copies have been distributed to over 100 points around the bay – be sure to pick up yours before they’re all gone! Stay tuned for more info. Thank you to everyone who has participated this year – it is much appreciated!

Safe travels and giddyup,

Madeline

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT PUERTO VALLARTA RESTAURANTS

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT PUERTO VALLARTA RESTAURANTS

Alexis Velasco

Dec. 20, 2018
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We are less than one week away from Christmas Eve, the reason why the Vallarta Lifestyles editorial staff undertook the task of gathering some of the most outstanding options to dine out. Enjoy the flavors of the local restaurants and make this an unforgettable experience. Merry Christmas!

Azafrán

Olas Altas 507, Emiliano Zapata.

 

Azafran navidad

Café des Artistes

Guadalupe Sánchez 740,

El Centro.

AMUSE
Foie gras montadito, fresh fig and Grana Padano cheese

CURED DUCK HAM AND CHRISTMAS SALAD
Apples, beets, nuts, orange, baby leaves mix
or
SALMON AND AVOCADO TARTAR OVER CELERIAC SALAD
Beet vinaigrette
or
ORGANIC TOMATOES AND BURRATA CHEESE SALAD
Fresh, marinated and dehydrated tomatoes, wild sorrel, brioche bruschetta, white mushrooms, pistachio vinaigrette

CLASSIC CREAM OF PRAWN AND PUMPKIN SOUP
Butter pumpkin foam
or
TOMATO RISOTTO WITH FRESH BLACK TRUFFLE
Roasted corn foam

ROASTED SEA BASS WITH POTATOES
Lemon sauce, artichoke foam, confit leek, tapenade
or
SHRIMP AU CHAMPAGNE
WITH MUSHROOMS PERFUMED WITH MEZCAL
Butter tamal, Brussels cabbage leaves
or
BEEF DUO AND MOREL SAUCE
Short rib lacquered with plum, grilled beef fillet, potato terrine, confit shallot

ÉCLAIRE LE ROUGE
Dark chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, hazelnut praline cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included.

6:00 – 11:00 pm

 

Da Simone

Basilio Badillo 180, Emiliano Zapata.

 

De Cántaro

Basilio Badillo #219 Emiliano Zapata.

 

El Dorado

Pulpito 102, Amapas.

Gaby’s Restaurant

Mina 252, El Centro.

 

Kaiser Maximilian

Olas Altas #380B, Emiliano Zapata.

La Palapa

Pulpito 105-3, Amapas.

 

No Way José

5 de Febrero 260, Emiliano Zapata.

 

The Blue Shrimp

Olas  Altas 336, Emiliano Zapata.

 

River Café

Isla Río Cuale, El Centro.

 

TRIO Restaurant Bar

Guerrero 264, El Centro.

 

Tuna Blanca

Avenida Anclote Lote 5, Punta de Mita.

 

AMUSE
Foie gras mousse, spices bread, tomatillo and jalapeño jelly

FRESH TUNA TARTARE WITH BASIL MAYONNAISE
Cucumber and marinated seaweed in chilies paste salad, capers, radish, coriander foam

ORGANIC TOMATOES AND BURRATA CHEESE MOUSSE
Grapes and pistachio vinaigrette, epazote pesto, mini brioche
or
SHRIMP, AVOCADO, HIBISCUS AND PEANUTS SALAD
Mixed lettuces, mango and fresh herbs vinaigrette, chili’s oil

TRADITIONAL CREAM OF PRAWN AND PUMPKIN SOUP
Prawn mousse, pumpkin pureé, roasted leek
or
WILD MUSHROOMS RISOTTO
Confit tomatoes foam, roasted vegetables, Cambray potatoes, perfumed with white truffle

BAKED SEA BASS TO THE SPICES SAUCE
Zucchini and roasted fennel stew, smoked tomato sauce, cauliflower cream, leek flan
or
MARINATED SHRIMP IN PLUM AND HABANERO MOLE
Crunchy cottage cheese, mushroom and confit tomatoes cream, orange sauce au chile guajillo
or
SHORT RIB LACQUERED IN PLUM
Wood-fired beef tenderloin medallion, green peas mousseline, mille-feuilles of vegetables, roasted baby onions, morel sauce

LEMON MOUSSE
White chocolate biscuit, light lemon mousse, vanilla whipped cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included. 6:00 – 11:00 pm

 

Vitea

Malecón y Libertad 2, El Centro.