Review: Quintonil Restaurant, Mexico City, Mexico


Mexico City in Mexico has a wonderful selection of world class restaurants. The restaurant Quintonil has made it onto the San Pelligrino Top 50 Restaurants as one of the world’ best eating establishments. Unlike its competitor Pujol that offers a ten course onemakase taco tasting concept, Quintnil offers a more a la carte experience. Read on to see how our visit experience fared.

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Review: Quintonil Restaurant, Mexico City, Mexico.

The dinner plans tonight were at Quintonil. Quintonil also manages a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at Number 22 for 2017. It has managed to stay on the list over time and is currently number 27 in 2021 after all these years.

It is advertised as “clarity of flavour, alongside contemporary Mexican technique”.

Planning a Visit to Quintonil Restaurant:

I managed to get a 7 PM seating via Open Table at about 60 days out. Even then, there was not a lot of open availability.

Getting to Quintonil Restaurant:

We took a $5 USD Uber from the W Mexico City to Quintonil Restaurant. The restaurant is easy to locate and like Pujol Restaurant, it is well situated in the Polanco neighbourhood of Mexico City.

Arriving ti Quintonil

On arrival, we were given a choice of dining in the restaurant or in the outdoors (covered) area. We opted for the outdoors. This was supposedly the outdoor area, although it was completely sealed and warm.

Covered Area Seating at Quintonil

Since we had just had the massive tasting menu at Pujol Restaurant the night before, we opted for a lighter la carte menu tonight. There was a good selection available and the food that was coming out looked very interesting and appealing.

They also offered a set tasting menu, but we went with the a la carte options.

We trusted their better judgement and I had the sommelier recommend a wine. The sommelier recommended a Mexican Chardonnay Chenin Blanc blend called Afrodita. We have previously had some pretty bad locals wines over our trips. The Great Wall of China Wine in China; which was absolutely awful comes to mind. The Tahitian Coral Wine; was also “take it or leave it”. However, we were blown away by the quality of the Mexican wines we had the opportunity to try. This one actually had a flavour profile that had some complexity. Most of the wines we tried came from Gualupe in Baja California.

Afrodita Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Mexican White Wine

First Course:

Charred Avocado Tartare

MrsWT73 had the charred avocado tartare with Mexican herbed chips. It was sensational. It looked like a bomb had just gone off on the plate.

Charred Avocado Tartare
Crab Tostada Taco with Lime Radish & Chile Habanero Mayonnaise

I had the crab tostada taco with lime radish and chile habanero mayonnaise. It was quite acidic but really flavourful when it was all mixed together.

crab tostada taco with lime radish and chile habanero mayonnaise

Main Course:

Turkey in Recado Negro Sauce

For the main course, MrsWT73 had the turkey in recado negro sauce, scented in caco husk with vegetables and burnt onions.

Turkey in recado negro sauce, scented in caco husk with vegetables and burnt onions
Braised Pork Jowel with Blue Corn Sequeza

I had the braised pork jowl with blue corn segueza with lettuces and picked “rajas”, which was good mixed together.

raised pork jowl with blue corn segueza with lettuces

MrsWT73 liked the servers and the atmosphere was casual. The food was super yummy and more complex than the usual Mexican tasting notes that I was used to.

After settling the bill, we headed back to the W Mexico City by Uber.

My Thoughts on our Experience at Quintonil Restaurant:

The food at Quintonil was highly enjoyable. The experience was a loss less formal than our time at Pujol Restaurant but much more approachable. Arguably, some of the dishes at Quintonil were much more impressive on the presentation since they were not in a taco style omensake tasting format. Admittedly, you can’t go wrong with either of them since they both offer an excellent product.

A visit to Quintonil is highly recommended and a great experience worthy of it’s spot on the San Pelligrino Top 50 Restaurants list.

If you’ve visited Quintonil Restaurant in Mexico City, did you find that it was worth a place on the San Pellingrino Top 50 Restaurants list ?

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