If you feel like trying some Venezuelan arepas, a Peruvian ceviche or an Argentine barbecue, you could do so in just one place. Located in the Colonia Roma of the Aztec capital, this gourmet dining hall gathers 7 Latin American countries and some of their most classic dishes.
If there is something that Latin people enjoy, it’s to eat well. Mexico and its cuisine are undoubtedly one of the most recognized and famous worldwide. Being a foreigner and living in this country is truly a culinary pleasure. Its gastronomy is so varied that there is always something new and delicious to try. However, there are moments when we would like to revisit South American flavors, such as grilled meats, a ceviche, a Brazilian hot dog or Uruguayan-style pizzas. A few days ago, I happened to stumble upon a place that allows you to try all of these dishes and much more.
Located in the vibrant and bohemian neighborhood of La Roma, right in front of the Mercado Medellín and on the street with the same name, we find the “Comedor de los Milagros”. The first thing that stands out about this restaurant is its unique decoration that mixes traditional and modern details. Clearly everything here was designed to create a rustic, cozy and colorful environment that transports you to other latitudes. An open and bright space, with flags of different countries hanging from the ceiling. In the center there are wooden tables and seats surrounded by 7 stations or kitchens that represent 7 Latin countries. In addition to Mexico, there are the following South Americans: Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. Each one staffed by waiters and chefs from each country. Here you can order any dish you want, from the different countries, without moving from your table.
Ásame Mucho sells Argentine cuts on the grill; Meu Todos and Valderrama serve the most classic delights of Brazil and Colombia, respectively; in Agarrate Catalina you can find pizzas by meter, chard fritters and the famous Uruguayan Chivito sandwich. In Lima Mia you can explore authentic Peruvian ceviche, and in La Carajita, the specialties from Venezuela. Al Chile is the Mexican local where you find the same plates served in any taqueria, but with a gourmet touch.
Despite wanting to try everything, we decided on 4 very traditional dishes from their respective countries. It was not an easy mission, but we enjoyed it, even more so with a wine pairing from Concha y Toro.
Let’s start with a Peruvian Ceviche prepared with all its original ingredients in Lima Mia. For a ceviche that has fresh fish, corn, onion and lemon, an excellent wine pairing would be Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Suvignon Blanc. A mineral white wine, fresh and intense with citrus notes, lime and grapefruit.
From Venezuela we tried their traditional Arepas, a recipe shared with Colombia that consists of a corn pancake with different fillings. In La Carajita they serve it filled with a hearty stewed meat and cheese. For the arepas we recommend Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Red, a blend of red grapes that goes well with red meat.
From Brazil we tasted the very popular Cachorro Quente. This Brazilian version of the typical hot dog includes sausage, tomato, tomato sauce, corn, cheese, mayonnaise and very thinly sliced fries. To accompany this hot dog, a good option is Trio Merlot, a juicy and delicate wine, with soft tannins and a balanced acidity.
Finally, we tried one of the sandwiches with more ingredients than I have ever eaten: the Uruguayan Chivito. It consists of a grilled steak with ham, mozzarella, bacon, fried egg, onion, tomato, lettuce, olives, mayonnaise and French fries. A good pairing option can be Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, a complex wine that will go very well with red meat and the variety of its ingredients.
Discovering this gourmet dining room was a pleasant miracle. A place that not only the foreigners living in Mexico City will enjoy, but also the chilangos -as the Mexicans originating from DF are called-, since they will be able to explore South American cuisine in a truly unique environment, full of life, color and the pride of been Latino.