When I was visiting Mexico City recently, a friend who lived there took me to Quintonil for dinner. This quaint, elegant hotspot serves some incredible contemporary gastronomy with a Mexican flair, and is right in the heart of the Polanco area. They serve such unique and tasty dishes as smoked spider crab tostada with lime, watermelon radish and habanero mayonnaise or the Iberian pork jowl marinated in achiote and beans. For dessert, try the homemade flan with edible flowers, orange marmalade and popcorn or the cactus sorbet with lemon and black salt.
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Discover Local Tastes at Quintonil
Quintonil certainly isn't the only Polanco restaurant that uses fresh, local produce to evoke Mexico's signature flavors in contemporary renditions of traditional dishes. This young restaurant only opened in 2012, however, and it is absolutely holding its own against more established kitchens. In fact, it was listed as number 21 on Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants List in 2013. It has since joined other local restaurants, Pujol and Biko, on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Chef Jorge Vallejo and his wife and business partner Alejandra Flores receive high marks for service and, of course, for the food, which includes a unique dessert option: lime-nopal (cactus pad) sorbet. As is the case with other upscale Polanco restaurants, Quintonil's price points are quite affordable compared to similarly-ranked restaurants in the United States.