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MARGARET CHIC KITCHEN

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MARGARET CHIC KITCHEN

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #9

WHO
Margaret Chic Kitchen, located where Nexo Bistró used to be, is a stylish French bistro meets California deli where chefs Abel Hernández (owner of the Eloise and Loretta restaurants) and César Vázquez worked closely with interior designer Alejandra Medina to create an exciting new addition to the already chic Polanco neighborhood.

FOOD
The beautifully presented starters can be ordered for the table or individually, a nice touch that allows you to sample the menu freely.
Zucchini blossom tempura whose slight bitterness melts away when dipped into the accompanying light garlic oil. Stuffed with cheese and truffle oil – $50/each
Arancini filled with snail, vegetable risotto, and white cheese. A beautiful little creation, although the fried flavor dominates – $50/each
Oyster Rockefeller with spinach, cheese, and a square of pancetta on top, a lovely addition, as is the bed of rock salt over which it’s served – $50/each
Lobster roll with horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, and a coleslaw featuring celery that slightly overwhelms the rest of the taste. Served on a slice of fresh brioche – $110/each
A generous raviolo main filled with sweet potato and egg yolk, ringed by mushrooms and quail dipped in a thick sherry sauce – $340
A compact little butter pastry flanked by caramel-striped vanilla ice cream, so wonderfully sweet you might need friends with spoons to help you finish – $135
It’s hard to choose between the great meat and fish dishes on offer, but meats seem to be their strongest point, from organic chicken breasts and roasted veggies to New York steaks, to duck breast.

DRINKS
Acclaimed sommelier Laura Santander is responsible for an extensive and impressive wine list that leans more to the classic than the fashionable natural wines. Not only is she a wine aficionado, but she’s also an avid supporter of Mexico’s exquisite tequilas and mezcals and Margaret’s menu offers an eclectic selection that includes leather-aged mezcals from Oaxaca. Laura also works for Abel’s other restaurants.

DECOR
Green Parisian tones with leather armchairs bring a retro touch to the huge space with comfortable upholstered chairs around square bistro tables. Prefab wooden floors. Greens and browns are the main colors that fill the space, including the banquettes flanking the room, so that the wall of lighter sea green beside the semi-open kitchen is like a welcome breath of fresh sea air. All in all, a rather dull 70s-inspired contrast to the exquisite-looking creations on the plates.

NOISE
Bossa nova and soft jazz covers of pop hits from the 80s and 90s, so inoffensive that one eventually might get offended.

SEATING
Ample seating, comfortable chairs and banquettes. Coat/hat racks at each table.

VIBE
I walked in for lunch at 1:30 p.m. and had the place to myself. I have heard it gets busy by 3:00 p.m., although even then I was still the lone diner. I had six waiters to myself, who set the vibe, standing around in the center of the restaurant chatting and cracking jokes in ripped blue jeans and long branded aprons – no big deal anyplace else, but notable if you’ve made the bold move of putting chic in your name

RESTROOMS
Men’s and women’s, sleek and clean, full of fresh flowers and even more greenery.

SERVICE
Impeccable English, exceptionally friendly.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes, but maybe it had to do with the fact that I was the only one in the restaurant and I did not particularly connect with the atmosphere. The presentation is notably haute cuisine, pleasing to the eye, and tasty as well, but it’s Mexico City, and I did feel the place was a tad soulless in a way.  

WHO
Margaret Chic Kitchen, located where Nexo Bistró used to be, is a stylish French bistro meets California deli where chefs Abel Hernández (owner of the Eloise and Loretta restaurants) and César Vázquez worked closely with interior designer Alejandra Medina to create an exciting new addition to the already chic Polanco neighborhood.

FOOD
The beautifully presented starters can be ordered for the table or individually, a nice touch that allows you to sample the menu freely.
Zucchini blossom tempura whose slight bitterness melts away when dipped into the accompanying light garlic oil. Stuffed with cheese and truffle oil – $50/each
Arancini filled with snail, vegetable risotto, and white cheese. A beautiful little creation, although the fried flavor dominates – $50/each
Oyster Rockefeller with spinach, cheese, and a square of pancetta on top, a lovely addition, as is the bed of rock salt over which it’s served – $50/each
Lobster roll with horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, and a coleslaw featuring celery that slightly overwhelms the rest of the taste. Served on a slice of fresh brioche – $110/each
A generous raviolo main filled with sweet potato and egg yolk, ringed by mushrooms and quail dipped in a thick sherry sauce – $340
A compact little butter pastry flanked by caramel-striped vanilla ice cream, so wonderfully sweet you might need friends with spoons to help you finish – $135
It’s hard to choose between the great meat and fish dishes on offer, but meats seem to be their strongest point, from organic chicken breasts and roasted veggies to New York steaks, to duck breast.

DRINKS
Acclaimed sommelier Laura Santander is responsible for an extensive and impressive wine list that leans more to the classic than the fashionable natural wines. Not only is she a wine aficionado, but she’s also an avid supporter of Mexico’s exquisite tequilas and mezcals and Margaret’s menu offers an eclectic selection that includes leather-aged mezcals from Oaxaca. Laura also works for Abel’s other restaurants.

DECOR
Green Parisian tones with leather armchairs bring a retro touch to the huge space with comfortable upholstered chairs around square bistro tables. Prefab wooden floors. Greens and browns are the main colors that fill the space, including the banquettes flanking the room, so that the wall of lighter sea green beside the semi-open kitchen is like a welcome breath of fresh sea air. All in all, a rather dull 70s-inspired contrast to the exquisite-looking creations on the plates.

NOISE
Bossa nova and soft jazz covers of pop hits from the 80s and 90s, so inoffensive that one eventually might get offended.

SEATING
Ample seating, comfortable chairs and banquettes. Coat/hat racks at each table.

VIBE
I walked in for lunch at 1:30 p.m. and had the place to myself. I have heard it gets busy by 3:00 p.m., although even then I was still the lone diner. I had six waiters to myself, who set the vibe, standing around in the center of the restaurant chatting and cracking jokes in ripped blue jeans and long branded aprons – no big deal anyplace else, but notable if you’ve made the bold move of putting chic in your name

RESTROOMS
Men’s and women’s, sleek and clean, full of fresh flowers and even more greenery.

SERVICE
Impeccable English, exceptionally friendly.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes, but maybe it had to do with the fact that I was the only one in the restaurant and I did not particularly connect with the atmosphere. The presentation is notably haute cuisine, pleasing to the eye, and tasty as well, but it’s Mexico City, and I did feel the place was a tad soulless in a way.  

CHEF

Abel Hernández and César Vázquez

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Satudray 1:00pm-11pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6pm. Closed Sunday evening.

RESERVATION

Take reservations via Open Table.

WEBSITE

margaret.rest

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