Omakase Tacos by Pujol
You will leave feeling embarrassed that you paid $200 for some tacos and a churro.
My wife and I ate at the taco bar several nights ago and we left the restaurant feeling as though we had been misled at best. Not one staff member explained to us how the menu works. The website describes the alcohol pairing menu as included in the price but it is not. We were told that we must choose either Mezcal, white wine or beer to accompany the tacos. During the tasting menu I was given 3 shots of Mezcal and an 85 cent Tecate. My wife had two bottles of artesanal beer and we were both charged $85 USD for the drinks pairing. Did I just pay $30 USD a shot? Yes. Did my wife pay $30 a beer? Yes.
The tacos we're good but all the tacos are good in Mexico City. Not one of the tacos blew me away but they are fine. Obviously they are more sophisticated than street tacos but there is not a huge chasm of quality that the price would suggest. One of the courses isn't even a taco...it is a ladel of two different mole sauces which they serve in the restaurant as well.
In summary the price is so obscenely overboard for the city that we left feeling embarrassed. I do understand that if you compare the restaurant to equivalents in other cities you can attempt to rationalize the price but would you really pay $200 for 7 tacos and three shots of Mezcal anywhere? One is a slice of eggplant and another is just beans. The desert is a churro.
There wasn't a local in the place and perhaps that's the problem.
Amazing! Incredible menu and staff.
Pujol is everything everyone raves about. Simply amazing, the entire experience.
Great experience. Highly recommended.
The whole Omakase Taco Bar experience was incredible, service in the bar area was really incredible, one of the best I've had in the world. The whole tasting menú was a 8 step stairway to heaven tasting some of the most emblematic flavours of Pujol.
I most definitely recommend the tasting menu, on my end I had it with mezcal to really make it Mexican it was worth it. Kudos for this.
Sublime food - Pujol's reputation is deserved and, if anything, the food is better than the rave reviews! The food demonstrated a balanced finesse and a magical blend of art, creativity, presentation and taste. Each dish was perfectly rendered, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. This is contemporary Mexican food at its peak, with a heart and soul.
The exceptional: the mezcal made for Pujol, the fish taco with charred avocado, the taste of mole madre.
The so-so: the amount of food and beverage felt like it was overwhelming by design, which didn't make me feel good for a number of reasons. The first few courses were under-seasoned, though they did make salt available for these dishes so I wonder if it was for some reason, intentional? One of our bartenders had a somewhat whatever attitude but service was overall attentive and seamless.
Dinner lasted 3 hours but it went by quickly—copious amounts of alcohol can be a great social lubricant and everyone at the bar was chatting with their neighbors by the end of the meal. The pacing of the food was good, the pacing of the alcohol was a little aggressive for me since there was almost a drink for every dish.
At ±$300 for two people (plus tip), the cost is easily 5x what you would pay at another upscale restaurant in Mexico City, but great value if you compare it to what a check would be in most other major cities for a comparable 'omakase' experience.
Atmosphere, food, service, and pairings at Barra Tacos were overall wonderful. It was definitely a worthwhile experience but not necessarily my favorite meal in Mexico City (nothing can really beat the street tacos). If you're on the fence like we were though, I'd say you should just see for yourself.
Incredibly delivered eating experience, wouldn't have changed anything
Even better than the “regular” lunch or dinner menu. The taco experience is the best! Including having desert in the garden! And you of course get a taste of the mole madre! For me, that is Olvera at his best! A must do when in CDMX/DF
We couldn’t get reservations at Pujol so did the taco bar instead. It was well worth it! My only regret is that my stomach was not big enough to eat everything.
We all had to do the drink pairing, which I would recommend anyway. Dessert was served on the patio.
GREAT experience. I sat at the Bar with friends and had the tasting menu with several juice and liquor pairings. It was awesome. The service was wonderful and the atmosphere is perfectly contemporary. It took awhile to get a reservation but is is totally worth the wait. GO NOW!
Excellent service from all staff. Exceptional food. Beautiful decor.
I was rushed through dinner. I was dining with a friend for his birthday and enjoying great conversation. I did not appreciate being rushed to get through our plates and drinks when I am spending that kind of money and trying to enjoy the world renowned food. Dining is an experience and mine was not great. I will not dine there again because Pujol’s business focus does not value this experience. Truly unfortunate.
An amazing place...
Just a 5-Star experience in every aspect. Execution of food and service is unparalleled. Very, very well done.
Todo fue excelente. El trato, el ambiente, la comida y las bebidas. Grandes!
We give Pujol very high marks all around...the approach to food and dining, the friendliness and skill of the staff and the tastes...all great to experience.
Strangely enough, the minor suggestion has to do with the set taco menu. It was very filling, maybe even too much food. (And that surprised us!) The pairings were great (even the non-alcoholic ones) as were the triple deserts. But a little more variety (soup/salad/pasta/fish) and a few less tacos might be even better.
Thanks for a great experience...and desert in the garden was a lovely touch.
I was really excited to go to Pujol, but I was a little disappointed. We did the taco bar and it was good, but it wasn't great. Overall none of the dishes had very strong flavours, and I think they were dulled further by being wrapped in tortillas. Just lacking pizazz. The atmosphere is great and the service was top notch, but I wish the dishes were a bit more exciting. I also found the drink pairings a bit stingy.
When booked thru opentable I didn't realize I had to commit to the Taco Omakase menu at the bar. It's prix fix tacos plus mandatory drink pairings. Came out to $320 usd for 2, which I feel was too much. I would have preferred regular table seating and choosing my own entrees. However service was pretty good. They were accommodating to us since we didn't want anything spicy. Nice touch that they serve the last course (dessert) outside. It was a delicious churro.
Asistir a este lugar es una experiencia que recomendaría vivir: excelente ambiente, comida auténtica y un gran servicio.
Es una gran experiencia, felicidades a todo el equipo son excelentes
Dissapointing , not good value for money. Misleading and very average.
The service, ambience, and indoor/outdoor environment were certainly excellent. The welcome and farewell were courteous and polite as expected. I sat at the taco bar for the 10-course taco tasting menu. The experience is structured in a delightfully unique way: each set of 2 courses is paired with a beverage (usually wine); after the trio amuse bouche, and the main courses, there is an interlude where they take you to the kitchen for a brief tour; then, they walk you to the outdoor garden where they describe some of the plants which are used in the kitchen; finally, they sit you in this beautiful, lush garden for the final part of the menu, the set of desserts.
While the pacing is perfect, I did start to get a little full at dish #7, and could only have a few bites of the remaining main courses. But, this may not be a problem for others.
I was generally pleased with all the courses and their presentations. I specially loved the duck al pastor with pineapple, onions, and chili, and this was nicely paired with an Argentine Cabernet blend. The chili stuffed with Oaxaca cheese and Wagyu beef was rich and well balanced. Other dishes, however, lacked a complexity I was hoping for. For example, the eggplant tortilla with black and red mole was rather bland, despite the fact the black mole is a special preserve (a nearly 4-yr process). But! interestingly, the mezcal pairing completely changed the whole thing, bringing out details of the dish into sharper notes that I didn’t taste before. It was very nice.
Some things, I thought, didn’t really fit in the meal: specifically, two of the amuse bouche pieces, the puff with a shave black truffle atop, and the one topped with caviar, felt rather contrived in context of everything else.
But, the third of the amuse bouche set, the carrot on a stick with spices and coffee was delectable. And, the outstanding spiced coffee at the end was a delicious throwback to that carrot, and therefore a great closure to a wonderful meal.
Excelente servicio y alimentos. Muy bonito lugar y platillos súper creativos con ingredientes mexicanos.
One of the most awesome experiences I've ever had - it's one of Mexico's finest. I understand why this is one of the World's Top 10 Restaurants.
There is no menu. You are told that courses are created by the chef daily and we should 'trust' the chef. That's fine, it's a set menu and a surprise. It is also presented with drink pairing. No pricing was offered. I guess if you can't afford it, you shouldn't be here - somewhat pretentious.
Food and service was very good. But, we had a little 'sticker shock' when the bill was presented - $75pp for food...Ok, we didn't expect it to be cheap. And, another $75 pp for drink pairings, which included two non-alcoholic drinks to start including a herbal tea (very tasky) a small glass of white and red wine, 1/2 a beer in a champagne flute, a small Mescal and finished with a coffee. A total of 150 per couple for drinks (4 small alcoholic) If we were told in advance, we would have just ordered a nice bottle of wine. Felt somewhat taken advantage of by the servers by not explaining costs and options at the outset.
Amazing omakase of tacos. I was blown away by how well the menu has been designed executed and delivered. Two thumbs up.
La verdad es que es demasiado caro para lo que te ofrecen. El maridaje de la barra de tacos la cual no sabiamos que era obligatorio, es en base a masa de maiz. Es demasiados los platillos te llevas 3 hrs exactamente para terminarlo y mientras entre un plato y otro pasa mucho tiempo asi que tienes la impresion de que comiste mucho pero no, es mas por el tiempo entre un plato y otro. La decoracion de los platillos muy bonita pero solamente. No tienen nada espectacular los sabores. Unicamente la presentacion. Las bebidas demasiado caro. el total por 4 personas sin pedir nada extra fue de 677 dlls a 18 por uno. Espero sirva este comentario.
Fantastic food, unfortunately I was not aware that the beverage pairing was mandatory. I enjoyed the beverage pairing, but it did not add much to the experience nor was it worth the price tag- it could have used a bit more cohesion. But the taco omakase was insane!!
Excepcional. El menú regular es muy muy bueno pero el Omakase es sencillamente espectacular. El mejor restaurante del país.
Best overall dining experience i’ve had anywhere!
El menú de la barra de tacos es demasiado grande, si pudiera decirle al Chef Olvera algo es que los tacos los haga más pequeños, y que diera la opción de maridaje sin alcohol para los que no podemos tomar. La tetela de frijol y erizo deliciosa. Cuando llegue al pato al pastor ya no podía comer más así que ya no los pude disfrutar tanto! Fuera de eso increíble, el lugar le quedo divino, todos los detalles perfectamente cuidados, obviamente el precio muy alto pero sabes a lo que vas, en julio iré al comedor !
Llegamos un poco antes y esperamos unos minutos en un descanso cerca de la barra. Luego nos hicieron pasar y comenzó el espectáculo; nos explicaron en que consistía la experiencia y si preguntaron si alguno tenía alergias o había algo que no quería comer. Todo el personal es excelente, atentos, divertidos, instruidos, un 10. La comida es la protagonista, en calidad y también en cantidad! Apenas terminamos y somos de los que comemos harto. Lo único bajo fue uno de los vinos del maridaje, que era francamente mediocre (un tinto de cepa desconocida). En cuanto al ambiente, el lugar es bello, cool y relajado, no pretensioso, pero sí frío, todo el mundo estaba abrigado.
En síntesis, gran experiencia, si pueden ir no se lo pierdan.
La barra no estaba lista al llegar en el primer turno y nos hicieron esperar de pie en una esquina junto con otros clientes.
Servicio poco profesional. Nos sirvieron agua natural y con gas en los mismos vasos y al mencionar la equivocación recibimos un seco "Okey" por parte de la camarera. El error se repitió en una segunda ocasión.
Comida correcta con un maridaje de bajo coste.
Espacio agradable, pero veíamos a los camareros cómo tomaban su café mientras esperábamos ser servidos.
Para finalizar, en un restaurante posicionado entre los 50 mejores del mundo, recibimos la cuenta antes de probar los postres (por supuesto, sin haberla pedido).
Amazing! Just bathroom could be better marked. It’s a little confusing
El Omakase de Pujol es excepcional. La selección de tacos es original y deliciosa. Además, por la calidad de los ingredientes y el trabajo culinario, el precio del menú es muy justo.
The Tacos Omakase is exceptional. Boeing forma Mexico I can trully tell that Olvera takes something so simple as a taco to the next level, plus all the pairings were amazing. I just wish we could started earlier our meal because it took about 3 hrs
The tacos bar is an omakase-style set meal that changes every month based on seasonal produce. The restaurant lives up to the hype with a friendly staff, outstanding dishes that go well together but also stand alone on their own.
We came here on a date but the tacos bar is good for any occasion. Highlight dishes from the taco bar are:
• eggplant tacos
• duck carnitas
• sweet corn with ant chili powder
The amount of food for a restaurant like this is excesive. 11 courses with great tacos, but too big to eat them all. I felt totally fed up and I did not leave with a feeling to have another taco for long time. Less is better