Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dining Anew

The other day after the Food Expo (another post to come about my discoveries there), we decided to check out Monica Patiño's newest addition to her restaurant empire - Delirio.

First, a few things about Monica Patiño. Silly me had no idea who she was until we got to Mexico, but she is quite the celebrity chef here. This of course means the requisite upscale restaurant, cookbook, and self-branded product line that, in today's world of self-marketing, is a must in order to be recognized as a successful cooking guru. I've also seen her on TV, though I have to investigate as to whether it was actually her show.

But what introduced me to her mouth watering cooking was my sister-in-law's obsession with this chef's style. And I mean obsession in a very, very good way. I think my cuñada has made every recipe out of her Sabores cookbook, and gordo and myself are few of the lucky ones who get to devour the deliciousness. It would be safe to say that Monica is definitely one of her idols.

So we (cuñada, her husband, and I) headed over to Delirio on a Friday afternoon, not really knowing what to expect, and being presently surprised at what we found. The concept, at least in my experience, is new on the Mexico City restaurant scene. It's like a vintage/industrial/deli shop/self-serve restaurant/cafe all in one. A breath of fresh air from the traditional dining experience you find in DF.

Based on some of the questioning looks from other customers, it's safe to say that we weren't the only ones who didn't know what to do.

on the blackboard:

1. Say HI to the customer
2. Smile :)
3. Explain what's available and how it works.

Make sure they feel at home

Here you have options. You can treat it like your neighborhood deli, picking up essentials on your way home; or you can order what catches your eye from the ready made offers, have a seat, and grab a quick bite.

And don't be surprised if you run into Monica herself. She tends to hang around and will probably even serve you coffee.

I've never seen my cuñada awe-struck. This was a first. And she's never at a loss for words.


Monterrey 116
esquina Álvaro Obregón
Colonia Roma
Mexico City

Monday to Saturday
9 am – 9 pm
9:30 – 6 pm
Brunch: Sundays from 11:30 to 2:30

1 comment:

  1. anotado en mi inmensa lista de new things to do in Mexico.

    y bueno, esa sillita de Orange Crush esta de delirio!.