With almost 20 years at the helm of a dining room that’s jammed every afternoon, Gabriela Cámara at Contramar must be doing something right. For one, the seafood on offer—traditional, even homey recipes, impeccably prepared—is among the freshest available. Service is quick, yet warm and enjoyable. It brings in a well-dressed, deliberately coiffed crowd that loves table-hopping, seeing and being seen, and air-kissing; but most of all, they relish digging into house specialties like the fish carnitas, the legendary tuna tostadas, and the grilled pescado a la talla (ordered by weight, and served in a red adobo or a parsley rub). Some afternoons (especially Fridays) you can’t believe the waiters have actually squeezed one more person in, yet everyone is very glad they came. Desserts are especially recommended. Open for lunch only—which may explain the sense of urgency at the door.
By Michael Parker Stainback, AFAR Local Expert
Contramar, in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, is treated with some serious respect among food people. When I was reading Chowhound before the trip, it was on most people's must-eat lists. And I'll confirm it: the seafood was fantastic. I can't remember what kind of fish this was, but it was so simply prepared—just grilled, with one side topped in salsa verde and the other side with salsa roja. The tuna tostada is apparently much copied elsewhere, but it can only be this good here. Some octopus, some beer, some horribly annoying hurdy-gurdy musicians—a really great late lunch. They're not open for dinner.
By AFAR Traveler, AFAR Contributor
Decadence reigns in Mexico City
Probably one of the most popular and efficient lunchtime restaurants in the DF.
By Jill Greenwood, AFAR Staff
Calle de Durango 200, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
+52 55 5514 9217
Sun - Thur 12pm - 6:30pm
Fri, Sat 12pm - 8pm