Pujol is fairly annoying because you have to make choices for 3 of 6 courses, which sucks. I hate having to make choices, and I feel like I missed out on a lot because of that nature of how it works... seems silly to me.
Oh well, it was still a nice meal overall.
The menu presentation with a genuine wax seal was awesome:
Corn dough, cheese, and bone marrow, kind of dry, and not that impressive, but alright. I am not sure how something with bone marrow and cheese ends up so dry though...
There was a chia tostada with avocado mousse, tasty little bite that showed off the chia well.
By far the best snack, probably the best thing in the whole meal was smoked baby corn in coffee, chile mayo and ant powder smoked in a small fire of husk in a pot at the table. Tangy, zippy, and acidic, yet sensual, creamy, and utterly divine. So awesome.
Crudo of abalone in its own shell with tomato sauce was interesting, fairly crunchy, pleasant enough:
I had a chamomile margarita to go with the snacks, quite good:
Probably because I mentioned I had just eaten there, but got some rose from the owners of Merotoro, very good:
First course of my own choosing was chorizo chicken liver with chopped up sweetbreads and huitlecoche plus avocado. The huitlecoche was very large and chunky. Parts of this seemed not fully seasoned, and the huitlecoche wasn't as funky as I am used to. Overall it was an inventive, pleasant dish and the liver was perfectly done. The sweetbreads were just about non-existent though, which was very sad.
Then the famous suckling lamb taco with a cactus tortilla, squash blossoms, and avocado mousse. Really good taco with all of the elements being distinctive, yet coming together in a very savory, and delectable way.
Great salsa to go with it, super balanced and not spicy:
However, I like spicy, so I got some habanero salsa to go with it. Was good, but less balanced than the other salsa sadly. Habanero salsa at Merotoro showed way more finesse in using habanero.
So then I moved on to an egg in a super light fried tortilla, with refried beans mashed with grasshoppers... this was a mistake to order, I should have gotten rabbit. The taste of grasshoppers was not noticable, and it basically ended up tasting like a really nice beans/egg/tortilla dish, not bad, but completely pedestrian and not really that interesting. I should've sent it back but it didn't seem like a valid complaint I guess... there wasn't exactly anything "wrong" with it, great execution, just not exactly very interesting. The beans and eggs at Fonda Margarita for like $3 had better depth of flavor, so to me this was a huge fail, even though it didn't taste bad or anything. I hate myself for passing up rabbit now. Again, super pissed that I had to make such a choice as well, ruins the entire vibe of this kind of meal.
So then the famous moles. The black mole has been cooking for 3 years, the red one is "new" mole. Served with a tasting of tortillas, spinach, sesame, and one I can't remember... this was a spectacular dish. The 3 year mole was just unreal in its depth of flavor. You can tell it is something very, very special. I wish every course was like this. This was about what I was expecting every course to be at the 16th best restaurant in the world.
I forgot to take photos of the incredible red wine I had with the last two dishes.
As I moved into dessert I was poured this rare tequila, which was bursting with honey, and fire, yet smooth at the same time. I ended up getting completely wasted from it though, so I wish I hadn't gone for it, but oh well.
Pre-dessert was coconut rice with lychee, very pleasant and simple:
Avocado ice cream with chocolate crumbles, bits of mint, and cinnamon as well. This was amazing, everything about it was perfect: flavors, textures, etc... and the tequila was the perfect pairing with it.
A little shortbread cookie with vanilla cream and shaved coconut was delightful, effervescent, and savory/sweet. Very nice.
A mini roll of churro was absolutely divine. By far the best churros I have ever tasted. Perfectly airy, light, savory, just a bit sweet. Wow.
Chocolate sauce for the churros was strangely acidic and did not really work very well at all. No idea what was going on with it.
Well, overall, it was not a bad meal, but not exactly mind-blowing. But there is nothing approaching bad really, and everything seems very consistent and even. Doesn't feel like much risk being taken. There were some nice moment though.
I can't help thinking that the tacos at Taco Maria in OC are better than this famous taco, which is supposedly like the best taco in the world though haha
The alcohol was amazing, despite being wildly expensive for the amount.
Overall, hard to fault the place, but fell below expectations I think, and was very annoyed by having to make choices.
But maybe I am just missing the point or something.
Trying recover from near-black out from the tequila I went to an unbelievable concert in a cathedral and downed liters of water and coffee:
I capped off the night with a milanese torta from a highly recommended place, but I am not too sure if it's that warranted, as it didn't seem too special to me compared to the tortas I had at Barraca de Valencia on my first day in DF. It was pleasant though, and helped me check off 2 places on my list in 1 day as I enter my final 2 week run.
Not the worst day ever, but definitely an intense one haha