Mikel Alonso, Gerard Bellver and Bruno Oteiza
Spanish and Mexican modern fusion
Confit pork jowl
Presidente Masaryk 407, Polanco, Mexico City
+52 55 5282 2064
Chief reason to visit? A meeting of minds and cultures, Biko is the creation of Basque chefs Mikel Alonso and Bruno Oteiza, who skilfully blend flavours from their homeland with Mexican ingredients. The cutting-edge technique of fellow Spanish chef Gerard Bellver, influenced by his time at El Bulli, adds another layer of complexity to the restaurant's highly original formula.
What's for dinner? The menu is split into two with traditional Spanish plates of bacalao and jamon contrasting with a list of highly inventive fusion dishes. Think foie gras candy floss or prawns accompanied by a powder made from their heads.
Room with a view: The contrasting menu is reflected by the restaurant's interior design, which mixes light and dark; black slate and grey steel are offset by sand-coloured wood. Mexico City’s busy Avenue Presidente Mazaryk can be glimpsed through floor-to-ceiling slats across the windows, which diffuse the light to atmospheric effect.
What's in a name? The restaurant is named after the Basque word 'bikote', which means 'couple' and reflects the union of Basque and Mexican cuisines.
Images: Erika Del Paso, Pablo Cruz Irastorza