Maximo Bistrot: Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication
Maximo Bistrot- A Review
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” said Leonardo Da Vinci.
Mexico City-based restaurant Maximo Bistrot Local has taken this saying to heart. Arguably the best restaurant in Mexico City according to many people, Maximo Bistrot Local is reflective of the exciting culinary scene of Mexico.
We visited Maximo Bistrot in early November and wre blown away by the flavors of its dishes.
Owned by Eduardo Garcia and his wife Gabriela Lopez–Cruz – Garcia worked under the tutelage of famous chef Enrique Olvera and also apprenticed for the famed La Bernardin in New York City.
The dishes are sophisticated without being ostentatious and the same can be said of the place. From hand-woven palm baskets by artisans from Oaxaca to European and Mexican dishes based on the availability of local ingredients, (fish is flown in from the coast) the place is thoroughly unassuming.
The ever-changing menu never fails to impress. So, one moment you could find yourself dining on succulent clams with dots of four different sauces bursting in your mouth and tasting divine and the next moment, you could be relishing roasted organic chicken sided by risotto that has a delectable mushiness due to the foie gras in its center.
In addition to this, be sure to pay your attention to the mussels prepared with coconut and saffron, duck with mashed potatoes and liver, and a red snapper bed of lentils and risottos.
Dessert is also one of the restaurant’s strengths and make sure to try out rhubarb crumble, crackly crème brulee or hot apple tartin accompanied by whipped cream.
Garcia sums up it up with self-effacing ease when he says, “The reality is that the food here is simple. We try to find the best ingredients and we don’t try to do too many things to the food.”
Now, if you thought all this will burn a hole in your pocket like the way it does in most restaurants that are famous, you are in for a surprise. The pricing of the food also seems to be an extension of their simplicity with food being very affordable. In fact, most of the dishes are in the $15 – $20 range.
And if you happen to be there on the first Sunday of every month, you’ll be in for a delicious breakfast of poached eggs with asparagus and truffle oil, paired with French bread and homemade jam that is a once-in-a-month affair.
After having eaten at some of the best restaurants in Mexico City such as Pujol, and Biko we can say with certainty that Maximo Bistrot is as good if not better than those with a much lower price point. High quality food, amazing flavors, less pretentious service and more value for your money.
It is a good idea to reserve your table in advance. Celebrities also frequent this place; so don’t be surprised if you happen to see your favorite writer or star on the table next to you.