Chief reason to visit: Tomás Bermudez’s New Orleans-inspired temple of oysters is the place to go for fresh, local ingredients, great value for money and excellent service. Guadalajara is the flagship branch in a family of four, with the two newest restaurants located in Mexico City. This year also sees its sibling in the Polanco neighbourhood of the country’s capital awarded with a place on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.38.
What’s the vibe? The décor at La Docena is like the inside of an old mansion in southern USA, with a relaxed atmosphere set to a 70s funk and soul soundtrack. A huge, Argentine parrilla grill forms the centrepiece of the room.
Style of food: La Docena differs from its southern US counterparts in that it offers classics like the Po boy oyster with a touch of Cajun but with 100% local ingredients. Signatures include grilled oysters with clarified butter, shallots and parsley, octopus tostadas, prawn aguachile and wagyu beef from Durango. Artisanal beer, Mexican wine and locally fermented drinks make up the beverage menu.
About the chef: Mexico City-born Bermúdez completed his culinary training in Buenos Aires and gained experience with grilling and smoking at Argentine restaurants including at La Parrilla del Pobre Luis in Buenos Aires and Fernando Trocca’s La Porteña in Guadalajara. He also cooked at Martín Berasategui in Spain’s Basque country and Le Chateaubriand in Paris before opening La Docena in 2012 with co-owners and chefs Alejandro de la Peña and Claudio Javelly. In 2015, they opened the first branch in Mexico City.