Located in the beautiful Condesa, Azul Condesa is known for Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita‘s blended contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine. I learned about Azul Condesa through my partner, apparently my partner was looking for one of the best restaurants in Condesa, Mexico City for his “omnivore” brother who came to visit us in Mexico City DF. Azul Condesa wasn’t mentioned in the Happy Cow listings and I’ve not seen any vegan dishes relating to Azul Condesa at all, but somewhere on their Twitter or Facebook, they offer a couple of vegetarian options.
So I’ve decided to give Azul Condesa a try after inquiring about a vegan dish.
Location & Hours & Notes
- 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, which is a good thing.
- It is important to make reservations after 3pm since the 2-story restaurant tends to get busier in the evening otherwise you may be LUCKY to get a table in time!
- It is a bit expensive to eat there if you are a local on a budget (but it’s average for me), compared to other traditional restaurants/eateries you usually eat cheaply elsewhere.
- Excellent & Attentive service, they will not bother you, but they will ensure you will have a delightful dining experience at Azul Condesa.
- They serve complimentary bread rolls basket, which are vegan
Passionfruit & Tamarind & Cucumber Margaritas
I was very impressed with the flavour of the Cucumber (Pepino) margarita with the chili-salt on rim. I had a traditional Apio pulque at Pulqueria place in the centre and it tasted amazing with only chili powder and salt. But Azul Condesa’s Pepino (Cucumber) margarita is fabulous and I would get it again over the other flavours I tried. At the same time, I also enjoyed the Passionfruit & Tamarind margaritas with salt on the rim. All of them cost ~$85 pesos (~$6.60 since 04/29/2012), which wasn’t too bad for three impressive cocktails!
Vegan Hibiscus Enchiladas in Chipotle Chili/Tomato Sauce (Enchiladas de Jamaica orgánica: bañadas en salsa ligera de jitomate y chile chipotle)
I never had Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa L) in my vegan plates, but it was definitely worth it to try something unique and new in Mexico City DF, especially at Azul Condesa. I do really like the heat and the flavour within the tomato sauce and I could taste a bit of chipotle that gives some smoky flavour. Unfortunately, I do not like the filling, which I thought it was too sweet for a enchilada and I could taste the sweetness of the red beet or some sort of red flowers. I do appreciate the fact that Azul Condesa accomodates a vegan option for this particular dish. Fortunately, my partner liked the dish since we ordered our own vegan enchilada dishes, so I suppose everyone has a different taste. I’m not really into sweet and savory dishes at all.
Vegetarian Salad (NOT VEGAN), it was my partner’s brother’s dish
I would like to share a vegetarian dish for vegetarians only, not vegans, just to keep an open mind for others. That salad looked good and I think it can be served without cheese. My partner’s brother (omnivore) apparently liked it, but it was too filling due to excessive cheese. He only finished it halfway. There were hibiscus flowers in his salad as well.
Chocolate oaxaqueño con agua
It was the best vegan-friendly beverage ever in Mexico City. Everyone liked the richness of the raw chocolate in that drink including an omnivore who wanted more of my beverage. It was a warm beverage at first, but it tasted orgasmic! I loved that drink so much!!!!!! There’s something unique about this drink I couldn’t quite describe it in words!
Will I come back?
Absolutely BUENO! The service was extremely impressive. I liked the ambiance and overall dining experience. It was a fantastic visit!