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CERCANO COMEDOR

BEST NEW BISTRO

CERCANO COMEDOR

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #9

WHO
Cercano Comedor is in a serene location in front of Parque México. From its past as the Continental Bistro, it underwent a radical transformation thanks to the talented interior designer Alejandra Medina (also from Margaret Chic Kitchen). The result is a much brighter and more relaxed atmosphere with a menu that was also completely transformed to be more concise. In the hands of the talented Elsa Olmos (Corazón de Tierra) and César Vázquez (Nexus), Cercano has become a popular spot for foodies in CDMX.

FOOD
Asparagus al dente with buttery polenta and glazed mushrooms that are firm and juicy – $160
Braised and deboned beef ribs, nicely charred with the texture of brisket, accompanied by crisp roast vegetables (Brussel sprouts, radishes, onions and mushrooms) and a smooth, sunny sweet potato purée – $280
An exceptional platano tarte tatin, not too sweet, on warm, flaky, freshly made pastry, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – $95

DRINKS
A good international wine list at a range of prices, some by the glass, including a very dry Sauvignon blanc Silvana from Viñas Pijoan in Ensenada – $150/glass

DECOR
Exposed brick walls painted white with hanging potted plants. Wicker lamps overhead. An open kitchen behind a white-tiled bar. The highlight here, however, is the location on the extravagantly green Hipódromo garden, which even when seated inside gives one the sensation of having escaped the chaos and pollution of the city.

NOISE
An electro-pop soundtrack that wouldn’t be out of place at a trendy resort (hello Big Jet Plane, so we meet again). Also, the open kitchen is also where the washing up is done, and it can be a little jarring when the restaurant isn’t full.

SEATING
“Antiqued” wooden chairs around bistro tables. Identical seating on the terrace underneath big umbrellas, perfect by the park if it’s not too hot.

VIBE
Casual but elegant, cutlery and paper napkins brought to the table in a small tin pail. Well-off locals in khakis and collared shirts popping in for a late lunch or dinner.

RESTROOMS
One clean bathroom with a coat rack, baby changing station, and bouquets of lavender on the shelves.

SERVICE
Understated and friendly, the wait staff and chefs all wear long black aprons. For once, a tip wasn’t requested when the credit card machine came out, making 15% all the more obvious.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Without hesitation. Excellent food at reasonable prices in a wonderful location with a garden vibe. 

WHO
Cercano Comedor is in a serene location in front of Parque México. From its past as the Continental Bistro, it underwent a radical transformation thanks to the talented interior designer Alejandra Medina (also from Margaret Chic Kitchen). The result is a much brighter and more relaxed atmosphere with a menu that was also completely transformed to be more concise. In the hands of the talented Elsa Olmos (Corazón de Tierra) and César Vázquez (Nexus), Cercano has become a popular spot for foodies in CDMX.

FOOD
Asparagus al dente with buttery polenta and glazed mushrooms that are firm and juicy – $160
Braised and deboned beef ribs, nicely charred with the texture of brisket, accompanied by crisp roast vegetables (Brussel sprouts, radishes, onions and mushrooms) and a smooth, sunny sweet potato purée – $280
An exceptional platano tarte tatin, not too sweet, on warm, flaky, freshly made pastry, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – $95

DRINKS
A good international wine list at a range of prices, some by the glass, including a very dry Sauvignon blanc Silvana from Viñas Pijoan in Ensenada – $150/glass

DECOR
Exposed brick walls painted white with hanging potted plants. Wicker lamps overhead. An open kitchen behind a white-tiled bar. The highlight here, however, is the location on the extravagantly green Hipódromo garden, which even when seated inside gives one the sensation of having escaped the chaos and pollution of the city.

NOISE
An electro-pop soundtrack that wouldn’t be out of place at a trendy resort (hello Big Jet Plane, so we meet again). Also, the open kitchen is also where the washing up is done, and it can be a little jarring when the restaurant isn’t full.

SEATING
“Antiqued” wooden chairs around bistro tables. Identical seating on the terrace underneath big umbrellas, perfect by the park if it’s not too hot.

VIBE
Casual but elegant, cutlery and paper napkins brought to the table in a small tin pail. Well-off locals in khakis and collared shirts popping in for a late lunch or dinner.

RESTROOMS
One clean bathroom with a coat rack, baby changing station, and bouquets of lavender on the shelves.

SERVICE
Understated and friendly, the wait staff and chefs all wear long black aprons. For once, a tip wasn’t requested when the credit card machine came out, making 15% all the more obvious.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Without hesitation. Excellent food at reasonable prices in a wonderful location with a garden vibe. 

CHEF

Elsa Olmos and César Vázquez

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday to Saturday 1:30 – 11 p.m., Sunday 1- 6 p.m. But it rarely gets crowded until mid-afternoon. Closed Monday.

RESERVATION

Call for reservations: +52 556 468 10

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