Anatol

Mexico City, Polanco

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 100%
  • Food 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 85%
  • Logistics 85%

Restaurant Details
Anatol
Locale: Mexico City, Polanco
Address: Presidente Masaryk 390
Telephone: +52 55 3300-3950
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Casual Gourmet, Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Gourmet Mexican
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Hamburgers, Pasta, Pizza, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1:30pm to 11pm, Sun: 11:30am to 5pm,

Review Summary
Fancy enough to rank as a formal dining. Casual enough to make you feel comfortable. Flawless execution and service. Traditional gourmet technique with the slightest dash of Mexican influence utilizing local ingredients. A bit pricey but nothing to balk at. A Top-5 in CDMX.

The full review for Anatol

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.5 stars Review Date: 09/13/2016

Anatol is one of the restaurants adjoining the small luxury hotel, Las Alcobas in Polanco. It hasn’t received a great deal publicity.

The décor is sleek and stylish with neutral tones and clean lines on all the furnishings. But plenty of art and flower arrangements to avoid any monotone boredom of the décor.

Waiters are clad in black slacks, gray vests and bow ties.

Yet despite the formality, my waiter was very amiable on my last visit to Anatol and the service was top-notch. Not a single slip up during the entire lunch service.

The table setting was sleek. There was fresh bread and creamy butter and a pate for spreading.

I ordered an octopus appetizer. It was perfectly cooked, sweet and tender, and not the least bit chewy. It was sitting on a bed of couscous and accompanied by dribbles around the plate of both a peppery-oil and creamy herbal sauce. I rubbed a little bit of that oil and sauce on each bite and tried to get a some of the couscous on the fork with each bite. That was a delicious first course.

For the main course, I had the snapper, expertly seared on top, flaky and flawlessly cooked throughout. It was accompanied by a smear of a sweet beet puree. That was a great combination of flavors and every element was perfectly executed.

I snapped a shot of the notorious burger at the Anatol, which many claim is the best in town. I can’t attest to how it tasted. It was enough of an intrusion to ask for the photo. To have asked for a big bite of the guy’s burger would have violated the restaurant reviewer’s code of conduct. But I have to confess it looked darn good.

After a two-day eating spree, I had planned to skip the dessert but with two such successful savory dishes under my belt, literally, I had to see what the chef had up his sleeve in the realm of sweet concoctions.

I asked the waiter for a recommendation. He suggested the white-chocolate bread pudding. But I’m a sucker for peanut butter so I was drawn to the Chocolate + Peanut Butter dessert. This was sort of a candy bar, sitting on an almond shortbread wafer, with chocolate and peanuts on top. It was accompanied by a malted milk ice cream and both the ice cream and the candy bar were sitting on dribbles and swirls of a caramel sauce. The plating was beautiful and the combination of tastes very interesting.

As I was concluding the meal I explained to the waiter that I’d be writing this review. Although I had said I enjoyed the candy-bar dessert he insisted the bread pudding was the best choice on the menu. Seconds later I was treated with a small portion of that bread pudding, on the house.

He was right. It was very, very good. Maybe not as good as the ones I’ve had at Emeril’s in New Orleans with that whisky sauce poured over the top, but a darn good rendition of bread pudding nevertheless.

Everything said and done, this was one of the best dining experiences I had in my tenure in Mexico City. Top-notch in every category. It had ambience, service and a menu that easily put it in our upscale category, yet was warm and comfy enough not to be stuffy.

Most restaurants I visit, I do so because I have to. It’s part of the job. But I’ll be returning to Anatol because it’s one of the most pleasant restaurants in the city. When the tallying is done we think it will easily find a spot as a Top-5 in Mexico's big capital city.


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