Day 4 in Mexico City: Chris’ birthday

(Still catching up from a few days ago…)

Tuesday night we had a very special dinner to celebrate Chris’ 40th birthday.

Chris made arrangements to eat at Pujol, a wonderful restaurant in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. The food and the service were top notch… not to mention the company: Temo, Dan and Chris.

The evening started-off with a unique appetizer, with the chef’s compliments; I don’t remember the exact name of it, but I’ll call it a glass taco. Basically it was a clear, hollow tube (probably plastic), filled with the fillings you might find in a taco: meat, cheese, guacamole, etc.; you inhaled the whole thing through the tube. Neat idea! This was immediately followed by a shot glass, containing something they called a "liquid quesadilla:" a multi-layered drink (liqueur?) that tasted, well, just like its namesake.

For my starter, I chose a black bean soup, and it was absolutely amazing… perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted. The presentation was dramatic and fun… at first they placed the bowl in front of me, with only a few sprinkled bits of cheese. Then another waiter immediately proceeded to pour piping-hot soup into the bowl. Awesome.

We ordered a bottle of white and a bottle of red wine for the table. I ordered some dishes a la carte, while the boys chose to go with the chef’s tasting menu. Several dishes later, they presented a little birthday cake for Chris:

(Photo by Marmot)

It was quite the memorable occasion, and I’m thankful to Chris & Dan for inviting me.

¡Felicidades a ti, Cristobal!

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~ by Mike Y on September 20, 2009.

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