A sunny Sunday afternoon in Mexico City and after sauntering through the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, lunch with a couple of mojitos seemed in order. Located a few blocks away from the museum, the bustling Bellopuerto restaurant looked like the ideal spot to set up camp for the afternoon.
It was busy and it did take us about 20 mins to get a table but that didn’t mean we couldn’t sit at the bar and start sampling the mojitos and margaritas. We were lucky to get a table outside on the street – the ideal place for a sunny afternoon and were handed english menus that were split into two main sections – ‘Cocktails’ and ‘Tacos’ – perfect!
More drinks and the first taco to try, the house speciality – Xicama Tacos. Xicama root tortillas with marinated shrimp and a hibiscus sauce. The shrimp was seasoned perfectly and the interesting hibiscus sauce added another depth of flavour and also served to make the dish extremely colourful and funky.
We moved onto the Tuna Fish Taco and, again, the “secret” marinade was absolutely spot on all served in a light and fresh flour tortilla with the tuna cooked just right.
Next up was their self-declared “must” – Octopus Machito Tacos. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a disappointment. The octopus was overly charred and the only flavour to come through was that of an extremely chewy piece of charcoal. Well, another margarita to rinse the taste out and then on to the final taco of the day.
The Tijuana Taco, steak and shrimp with cheddar cheese and served with refried beans – the shear definition of Tex-mex! Well, I don’t know what else to say. It’s grilled steak and shrimp in a flour tortilla with cheese. It neither blew me away nor did it sink to the octopus’ level.
Bellopuerto is a great spot to spend an afternoon sipping refreshing drinks watching other people doing the same. The drinks are great and the tacos perfectly good. It’s a place that you won’t regret – just don’t get the octopus.
Calle Julio Verne 89, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco,
11560 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
+52 55 5281 0980