by The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 28 August 2009

Condesa DF is an uber-hip, boutique hotel in the heart of Mexico City’s stylish, tree-lined neighborhood of the same name. Housed in an architectural landmark building dating from 1928, the hotel and its restaurant exude style, energy, and creativity. Occupying the ground floor of an airy, high-ceiling open atrium is the buzzing restaurant and bar, where splashes of bright turquoise cut through minimalistic white, black, and brown tones.

Dining at Condesa DF isn’t as consistently breathtaking as the hotel, but its fusion cuisine, heavenly influenced by Pan-Asian flavors, still holds its own against the fashionable backdrop. The rock shrimp tempura with spicy mayonnaise pops in your mouth and ends with a much-welcomed fiery kick.

Fish and chips – truffled, of course – and sweet sea bass with caramelized tequila, are also tasty options. To wash it down, go for one of Condesa DF’s infamous Jamaica margheritas made with hibiscus, or better yet, their own private label tequila and mezcal.