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Los Girasoles

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Two prominent Mexico City society columnists own this downtown spot. Los Girasoles (which means "sunflowers") is on a lovely old square in a restored three-story colonial home. It was one of the first places to serve nueva cocina mexicana, and there are also pre-Hispanic delicacies such as escamoles (ant eggs), gusanos de maguey (chilied worms), and mini chapulines (tiny, crispy, fried grasshoppers). Be aware that you will be charged for the bread and spreads if you eat them—it's better to wait for your more interesting main course. It closes at 9 pm on Sunday and Monday, but is open till midnight the rest of the week.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Tacuba 9, Plaza Manuel Tolsá on Xicoténcatl 1, Col. Centro, Mexico City, 06010 | Map It
  • Phone: 55/5510–0630
  • Location: Centro Histórico

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  • Credit cards accepted.

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    We'd heard good things about Los Girasoles, from locals, so we had high hopes. Appetizer of crisp-fried herbs and julienned vegetables with tortillas and two salsas was wonderful ("Angel's Kisses" was the name of the dish if I recall) though it bore no resenbance to the menu description. Our salads, one a twist on spinach salad, the other a variant on Caesar salad, were both creative and excellent. Then the other shoe: our entrees were inedible. A "tomal" of shrimp and salmon was so overcooked as to be utterly flavorless, and the masa used to bind it had become mealy with cooking; again, based on the menu when it arrived I was sure I'd been served wrong. Four bites, trying to convince myself that I would adjust to it, was all I could manage. My wife's beautiful-looking fillet of bass was completely overpowered by an incendiary green salsa. Dessert of a rose petal pie (rose chiffon) was tasty if underwhelming. Coffee wasn't bad, cappucino was decent. Service was indifferent once the host and manager released us to the waiter. Wine by the glass was limited to mini-bottles of Mexican wine; the Merlot was dreadful. The restaurant interior decor is beautiful but the background music selections were bizarre, ranging from nice jazz to funk to disco. We wouldn't go back.

    by tim_cox, 2/9/08

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