I wrote an earlier post on Mexico City DF’s Azul Condesa in Colonia La Condesa, and I would like to refine a new post about Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s Azul Condesa since it was my second experience there. Keep in mind that their general menu only offers one vegetarian/vegan option (without “queso” or cheese). Because of the popular mango season in Mexico City DF (this April-early May), Azul Condesa currently serves a special seasonal mango-themed menu, which may have at least 1 – 2 vegan options such as the guacamole with mango and fresh tortilla chips (not made with lard, fortunately) or mango salad.
I may have wrote that they had excellent service: My first time with Azul Condesa was amazing because the staff spoke English fluently plus left us ample time to finish our plates. My second time wasn’t pleasant: the staff did not speak English at all. It is best to leave your customers alone for awhile and finish their plates comfortably without pestering every 5 minutes.
Location & Hours & Notes
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- Azul Condesa Nuevo León #68 Colonia La Condesa Mexico, D.F.
- Monday through Saturday from 1:30PM – 1:30AM | Sundays 1:30PM – 6:30PM.
- Some staff speak English and Spanish. I began to notice during weekday openings (around 1-3pm), the staff do not speak English at all. I wonder if Azul Condesa only uses evening staff that speak both, but not the afternoon staff because it is not too busy between 1 – 4pm?
- It is very strange that the restaurant manager will ask if you have a reservation with them when it opens exactly at 1pm during a quiet weekday. We came early at 1pm and had no reservation with them. But I would strongly recommend to make a reservation after 4pm as well as weekends since it is more likely to get busy.
- They serve complimentary bread rolls basket with mildly spicy salsa, which are vegan.
We ordered Mango & Guanábana margaritas, plus Classic (cheaper) and Cucumber (with chili-salt on a rim) margaritas. I ordered a vegan-friendly dish from their seasonal mango menu: Guacamole with Mango ($65 pesos), which is their guacamole recipe with fresh mango chunks served with tortilla chips. My partner ordered a vegan-friendly entree dish, which can be made without cheese (“queso”): Organic hibiscus flower enchiladas, served with light tomato and smoky chipotle sauces at $95 pesos, which was also mentioned in the earlier post.
Mango & Guanábana (aka Soursop in English) Margaritas.
I think the Mango Margarita is a winner since I could not taste the Guanábana very well. I would get the Mango Margarita again. These margaritas taste like soft version of nieve, more like a icy sorbet.
Complimentary bread rolls & salsa.
I love the warm bread rolls in the basket with the traditional chipotle-flavoured salsa (hints of peanuts). It is a bit spicy, but tasty. The bread rolls are great with the vegan enchiladas tomato sauce as well.
Guacamole with Mango ($65 pesos).
It is a huge margarita-style glass of guacamole with fresh, soft mango chunks and pomegranate seeds. I never had a sweet version of guacamole with pomegranate and mango but it was worth to try it in Mexico City. I couldn’t finish it all, but with my partner’s help, it was worth it. I could taste the freshness of these mango chunks and knowing it is a popular mango season in Mexico City, these mango chunks are so tasty! The guacamole was very creamy, yummy and interesting: I suspected these onions were blended in already as a creamy guacamole. The tortilla chips were very crispy and shaped as “scoops”, which made them easy to eat with the guacamole.
Organic hibiscus flower enchiladas, served with light tomato and smoky chipotle sauces ($95 pesos).
In Spanish, it was written as: Enchiladas de Jamaica orgánica: bañadas en salsa ligera de jitomate y chile chipotle. It was a very big traditional Mexican dish of enchiladas. My partner ordered it for himself and I had some of the sauce with the complimentary bread rolls. It was pretty filling for him, unfortunately he had a stomachache afterward probably due to the hibiscus flowers.
My partner wanted to try a classic margarita while in Mexico City, and it tasted original, I suppose.
Cucumber Margarita with Chili & Salt on a Rim.
I had a taste of it during my first time at Azul Condesa and it tasted so refreshing with a strong cucumber flavour, but for some reason during my second time there, it did not taste the same. It was slightly strong with a faint cucumber flavour. I do like the chili & salt on a rim for the most part.