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MEROMA

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MEROMA

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #10

WHO
“A little bit of everything,” perfectly defines Meroma. After studying at the French Culinary Institute in New York and traveling the world, lovebirds Rodney Cusic and Mercedes Bernal founded Meroma. Located in the heart of a Roma Norte house from the eighties, the restaurant is divided into three spaces, the ground floor, the main floor and the terrace. In Meroma, the “Me” is for Mercedes, the “ro” for Rodney and the “ma” for madre (mother in Spanish) and it’s by far one of the most trendily designed restaurants in Mexico City!

FOOD
The food here is simply outstanding! First, I enjoyed the delicious homemade bread with chili butter, rich sauces, tasty appetizers and a varied selection of entrees. These chefs nailed the balance of flavors, texture and depth of their dishes, creating complexity without confusion.
The next course was the tiradito/crudo (Hamachi) with fried parsley, chilly and lemon vinaigrette that mixed flavors and textures harmoniously. I continued with the revisited steak tartare that was sadly the only disappointment, with a homemade yuzu kosho using 7 types of chiles and citrus (the flat leaf parsley and marigold flowers added a lightness to the dish, but it didn’t exactly live up to the high standards that I have for steak tartare). Luckily, every dish that followed created a symphony of flavors that soon made me forget all about the tartare:
Pasta agnolotti made from scratch and sustainably raised lamb were a perfect match to finish this exquisite dinner.

DRINKS
Make a mandatory stop at the ground floor that merges with the sidewalk via a big concrete terrazzo bar, inviting you to linger and enjoy a welcome beverage. The talented bartenders can make you an amazing Mezcal Sour or a fresh summer cocktail of tequila, passion fruit, orange juice and black sesame called the Rubia. The cocktails set the tone for the celebration of food to follow.
From artisanal beers, elaborate cocktails and a wine list to homemade kombucha, you are spoilt for choice!

DECOR
This is one of the most attractively designed restaurants I’ve ever seen in my life, created by OPA Studio (Oficina de Práctica Arquitectónica). From the minute you step inside, you can feel a very authentic atmosphere opening up into an open space that’s dominated by a massive concrete bar, wooden wall panels and a seating area – it’s warm and earthy all round with a Scandinavian touch! On the first floor, you will find the spectacular dining hall and the green terrace. The dining space is quite minimalist, and beautiful natural light enters from the glass ceiling dome covered with tree foliage.
The 16-seat terrace surrounded by green leaves that are reflected on the green glass tabletops, volcanic stone walls and reused hardwood floors create a unique atmosphere, that’s different from the dining hall.
Everything is so well furnished and one can see that everything was carefully selected: furniture, material, architectural elements.

MUSIC
I was lucky enough to sit outside and only enjoyed the laughs coming from the owners’ and chef’s tables!

SEATING
Three spaces with three distinct seating options! Each space has furniture designed according to the environment.
-Ground floor: wooden paneling and a big banquette plus some comfy wicker armchairs.
-Dining room: half-moon white oak wood with grey cushions accompanied by banquettes.
-The terrace: metal chairs with grey cushions.

VIBE
The food and ambiance are reflected in the design of the place and the design has an impact on the food experience. It’s just about perfect!

RESTROOMS
Tiny, stylish Japanese bathrooms.

SERVICE
One is personally welcomed by chef Mercedes in person, who is warm in her recommendations. The staff is very attentive, and all the waiters seem to know who’s who and are pleased to guide you through the dining experience.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Absolutely! It was a really good, fresh, creative, chill spot in the middle of La Roma Norte. This place is pretty much faultless, except for the prices that might be a bit pretentious.

WHO
“A little bit of everything,” perfectly defines Meroma. After studying at the French Culinary Institute in New York and traveling the world, lovebirds Rodney Cusic and Mercedes Bernal founded Meroma. Located in the heart of a Roma Norte house from the eighties, the restaurant is divided into three spaces, the ground floor, the main floor and the terrace. In Meroma, the “Me” is for Mercedes, the “ro” for Rodney and the “ma” for madre (mother in Spanish) and it’s by far one of the most trendily designed restaurants in Mexico City!

FOOD
The food here is simply outstanding! First, I enjoyed the delicious homemade bread with chili butter, rich sauces, tasty appetizers and a varied selection of entrees. These chefs nailed the balance of flavors, texture and depth of their dishes, creating complexity without confusion.
The next course was the tiradito/crudo (Hamachi) with fried parsley, chilly and lemon vinaigrette that mixed flavors and textures harmoniously. I continued with the revisited steak tartare that was sadly the only disappointment, with a homemade yuzu kosho using 7 types of chiles and citrus (the flat leaf parsley and marigold flowers added a lightness to the dish, but it didn’t exactly live up to the high standards that I have for steak tartare). Luckily, every dish that followed created a symphony of flavors that soon made me forget all about the tartare:
Pasta agnolotti made from scratch and sustainably raised lamb were a perfect match to finish this exquisite dinner.

DRINKS
Make a mandatory stop at the ground floor that merges with the sidewalk via a big concrete terrazzo bar, inviting you to linger and enjoy a welcome beverage. The talented bartenders can make you an amazing Mezcal Sour or a fresh summer cocktail of tequila, passion fruit, orange juice and black sesame called the Rubia. The cocktails set the tone for the celebration of food to follow.
From artisanal beers, elaborate cocktails and a wine list to homemade kombucha, you are spoilt for choice!

DECOR
This is one of the most attractively designed restaurants I’ve ever seen in my life, created by OPA Studio (Oficina de Práctica Arquitectónica). From the minute you step inside, you can feel a very authentic atmosphere opening up into an open space that’s dominated by a massive concrete bar, wooden wall panels and a seating area – it’s warm and earthy all round with a Scandinavian touch! On the first floor, you will find the spectacular dining hall and the green terrace. The dining space is quite minimalist, and beautiful natural light enters from the glass ceiling dome covered with tree foliage.
The 16-seat terrace surrounded by green leaves that are reflected on the green glass tabletops, volcanic stone walls and reused hardwood floors create a unique atmosphere, that’s different from the dining hall.
Everything is so well furnished and one can see that everything was carefully selected: furniture, material, architectural elements.

MUSIC
I was lucky enough to sit outside and only enjoyed the laughs coming from the owners’ and chef’s tables!

SEATING
Three spaces with three distinct seating options! Each space has furniture designed according to the environment.
-Ground floor: wooden paneling and a big banquette plus some comfy wicker armchairs.
-Dining room: half-moon white oak wood with grey cushions accompanied by banquettes.
-The terrace: metal chairs with grey cushions.

VIBE
The food and ambiance are reflected in the design of the place and the design has an impact on the food experience. It’s just about perfect!

RESTROOMS
Tiny, stylish Japanese bathrooms.

SERVICE
One is personally welcomed by chef Mercedes in person, who is warm in her recommendations. The staff is very attentive, and all the waiters seem to know who’s who and are pleased to guide you through the dining experience.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Absolutely! It was a really good, fresh, creative, chill spot in the middle of La Roma Norte. This place is pretty much faultless, except for the prices that might be a bit pretentious.

CHEF

Rodney Cusic 

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Saturday: 1:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

RESERVATION

By phone +52 55 5920 2654 or via OpenTable. The place is small, make sure to book ahead, 3-4 days and at least one week for a Friday or Saturday table. 

WEBSITE

meroma.mx

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