¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! (Happy Cinco de Mayo) To celebrate the event, I am sharing one of my favorite vegan eats in Mexico City. Along with revisiting a few of our old favorites in Mexico City (February 2014), we also tried some new restaurants and the highlight was easily Cate de mi Corazón. Opened in late 2013, Cate de mi Corazón manages to capture a style that’s both edgy and quaint; lovely wood and tile details lead to the welcoming home-like archways that head into the cozy kitchen. Cate de mi Corazón is well represented across social media, and I adore their consistent aesthetic! Cate de mi Corazón is this awesome new vegetarian taco restaurant located in Condesa, has indoor and outdoor seating and serves, tacos, salads, soups and a variety of other small plates along with fresh juices, and selection of liquors and beers.
All photos in the post are taken by iPhone. I didn’t bring my favorite camera for this trip! x Rika
The restaurant features custom-made design elements throughout with the word Cate and angular hearts (a reference to the name, Corazon is Spanish for heart) in fact our server had an awesome black shirt with their heart logo on it. Service was just as desired – when we needed things they were there, always helpful but never overbearing. They do have their menu available in English, just ask your server. The menu clearly labels some items next to a letter “V” which denotes for vegan (vegano), however most can be made vegan without cheese (way too awesome).
We had an opportunity to meet one of the owners and we have a great deal of respect for what she’s done, she’s a lovely woman who seems to love what she’s doing…and we love that! Cate de mi Corazón is not cheap by DF (Mexico City) standards but you have every reason to go – friendly service, delicious food, exquisite selection and beautiful design touches throughout.
Cate de mi Corazón: We had fresh juices of the day and started with homemade heart chips with fresh guacamole (36 pesos, about $2.80). Aren’t these heart chips absolutely adorable?!
Cate de mi Corazón: Best vegan salad I’ve ever had in DF this year! This is a vegan Verdolaga Salad (Purslane, little dark-leafy spinach greens) with Verdolaga, nopal (mexican cactus), green tomato, peanuts, pecans and verdolaga vinagirette (45 pesos, about $3.50). So refreshing and full of flavors! I would like to eat this everyday.
On the right is a traditional Mexican tortilla soup “Azteca” (can be made vegan without Oaxaca cheese) with tomato sauce, thin strips of fried tortilla, avocado and toasted guajillo chile (44 pesos, about $3.40). In love with their bowls and plates.
Cate de mi Corazón: From the left, we had Lentejas de Catemaco (Lentil Soup with Baked Plantains), which was pretty hearty (44 pesos, about $3.40). Then of course a vegan 6-taco “Sierra Madre” sampler plate (74 pesos, about $5.70), see more details below.
Cate de mi Corazón: We shared a vegan 6-taco “Sierra Madre” sampler plate (74 pesos, about $5.70) and chose the taco fillings on the menu. Please note, most vegetarian tacos can be made vegan without cheese (just tell the staff that you are ‘vegano’). Our favorite vegan tacos were the Huitlacoche (Fresh Corn Smut) and Setas con Achiote (Mushrooms in homemade deep-red seasoning, or Achiote sauce). Both were so delicious and unique!
Clockwise from top left: Setas con Achiote (Mushrooms in homemade deep-red seasoning, or Achiote sauce), Verde (Nopal cactus with chia and creamy guacamole), Tinga de Zanahoria (sweet carrots, juicy tomatoes, julienned onion and chile guajillo), Chile Seco con Frijol (Dried Chili with Creamy Refried Beans), Papa con Chorizo (Creamy Potato & Soy Chorizo) and Huitlacoche (Fresh Corn Smut – love this filling a lot).
Cate de mi Corazón: A close shot of our 6-taco “Sierra Madre” sampler. Starting with the bottom row, from left, we had Huitlacoche (Fresh Corn Smut – love this filling a lot), Papa con Chorizo (Creamy Potato & Soy Chorizo) and Chile Seco con Frijol (Dried Chili with Creamy Refried Beans). The last vegetarian taco was made vegan without queso Oaxaca (cheese).
Cate de mi Corazón: We were a bit hungry and grabbed individual vegan tacos – Setas Prensadas (Pressed Mushrooms in a housemade dressing) and Papa con Chorizo (Creamy Potato & Soy Chorizo). We enjoyed most of their mushroom-based tacos, they sure beat soya meat! Each taco costs 22 pesos (about $1.70).