PujolModern Mexican Cuisine
wooden materials abound within both the interior and exterior, accented by poured concrete floors and soft white and grey paint.
On a quiet, verdant street, housed in what was originally a 1950s bungalow, is chef Enrique Olvera’s acclaimed restaurant, Pujol. To match his painstaking attention to detail within food to the aesthetic sensibilities of the space, Olvera collaborated with architectural firm, JSa Studio, and interior designer Micaela de Bernardi. Together, they’ve created an elevated visual concept to enhance the modern Mexican flavours that are served here, taking the patrons on a multisensory journey influenced not just by taste, but also by light, symmetry, and subtle textures.
JSa studio went to great lengths to preserve the architectural integrity of the local neighbourhood – Polanco in Mexico City – as well as its Midcentury Modern essence. To imbue the dining experience with a sense of nature, a vibrant garden wraps around the entrance and into the restaurant. De Bernardi stays true to this theme; wooden materials abound within both the interior and exterior, accented by poured concrete floors and soft white and grey paint.
Contemporary culture and tradition come together on the plate to create an immersive experience of modern Mexican cuisine at Pujol. The six-course tasting menu comprises fresh ingredients shipped in from Oaxaca, herbs plucked from a backyard garden, and vegetables grown at a nearby farm. Earthy aromas emanating from smoked elotitos coated in a spicy coffee mayonnaise, powdered with chicatana (Oaxacan flying ants), alludes to both convention and innovation, producing a distinct palette that is unique to Olvera.
- Words & Photos: Cerruti Draime