A handful of restaurants that we wanted to go to did not take bookings for big groups, I frantically looked for alternatives while we were in Cancun. I stumbled upon Fonda Fina, which were made famous by its menu being designed by Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil and executed by Juan Cabrera at Pujol- both restaurants which we wanted to go but were all full.
Fonda Fina is located in Roma Norte, similar to Ponsonby in Auckland, a hipster little neighbourhood that is right next to the heart of CDMX. Fonda Fina is easy to find and the manager greeted us from outside. A very welcoming sight after a long day on the road.
People in mexico city spoke very little English but this did not pose a problem at Fonda Fina. The menu was designed to share , with tacos, sopas, ceviches and rice. Sopas, which almost read like soups, resembled mini pizzas with cheese and your choice of protein on the top. We ordered a pork belly and octupus, all of which were packed with avocado, mozzarella and tomato and squid ink.
For the mains, we ordered a Cactus Mixiote. Wrapped in banana leaf, once unraveled, revealed a very moist and tender looking pulled pork. With the way its been done, being steamed under the pot for hours, retaining that moisture and juice in the meat. Oh so comforting and hearty.
Highly recommend this place as it caters for small groups like us. Fonda Fina has an extensive drinks menu, which provides a wide range of tequila based cocktails for drinkers, all of which had a natural alternative for non alcohol drinkers, making this restaurant a very friendly place for groups of all ages.
With a free day in mexico city we roamed around the surburb Roma Norte and stumbled upon this beautiful rooftop bar. We were a little early when we walked up as their lunch time only started at 230pm. An open area with garden themed decor, with wooden panels around the bar and the rooftop, made the bar area a lot more cooler than the otherwise dry and hot afternoon in the city. We each ordered a mojito as an instant thirst quencher and soldiered onto the food.
We ordered wagyu beef tacos, fish tacos with wasabi mayo, ceviches with lime and tomato and an assortment of sourdough topped with figs, avocado, prosciutto, mushrooms and beef. This bar is a quite an upscale bar, we were surrounded by businessmen and couples who managed to take time out in the day to enjoy a drink. Very good service and very attentive staff.
The staff recommended the oysters but knowing that oysters are not in season or local, we ventured off to another restaurant in the hood. If you wanted to go to a classier place in the hustling and bustling city of mexico, this is my pick!
The next stop was Mercado Roma. This market resembled Ponsonby central, which provided a wide selection of food choices- from traditional burritos, tacos, macaroons, churros, cheese and wine, roast beef, and even a beer garden!
We managed to snatch over this handsome young man’s job at the Glacee roll. Firstly, you choose your base of choice and toppings to go with it. We opted for the yogurt base with Kahlua (of course). He basically poured the Kahlua infused yogurt onto a really cold plate until it became a shaved ice consistency. Then topped with a heaping portion of walnuts and pecans and, another healthy dash of Kahlua and Baileys.
We had an hour to spare before dinner, so we decided to slowly migrate to Romita Comedor, which was fairly close to our dinner place. It took us a while to find the entrance as it was actually a corridor through a vintage looking building. The spiral staircase that led up to the bar was very mysterious but we were welcomed by these glass walls at the end of the fixture. The tiled glass roof allowed natural sunlight and cool wind into the bar, such a brilliant idea.
I specially enjoyed these greenery in the middle of the bar. The seemingly boring monocromatic decor portrayed quite the opposite. The scenery out from the window reminds you that you’re located in this beautiful city of mexico, while the back of the bar takes you to a bach somewhere along the mexican coastline. The drinks menu seemed to be quite a Gin heavy cocktail list, the ladies ordered Rosemary and pepper Gin and Tonic, and a strawberry and Cinnamon botanics. An interesting menu but must’ve catered for a lot of Gin lovers in the area.
Snaps in the market of Roma- Cactus leafs ready to be sold for salads
And a selfie.