Mexico City, Mexico

Named after his daughter Emilia, chef Lucho Martinez first opened this restaurant in Colonia Cuauhtémoc in 2018 before relocating it to Roma Norte and rebranding as Em. Martinez is originally from Veracruz and worked in restaurants in Cancun before entering high-end gastronomy kitchens in Mexico City such as Máximo Bistrot and Quintonil. With Em, he has upped the ante with avant-garde seasonal menus—the omakase features eight or nine courses, but a regular la carte menu is also available—that bring together unexpected flavour pairings drawn from both Mexican and Japanese culinary heritage. Think huitlacoche cheese tarts sharing menu space with dishes that feature dashi made with cactus or escamole croquettes with serrano chiles. With minimal interior decor (the restaurant is located in the former Máximo Bistrot space) the dining room acts as a blank canvas for the visceral culinary drama that unfolds on the plate.

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Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, CDMX, 6700