Mexico City

Mexican hotspot dishing up dramatic plates and deep flavours


On the Pass

Jorge Vallejo

What’s in a name? Celebrating 10 years in 2022, Quintonil is all about freshness and flavour as seen through chef Jorge Vallejo’s keen eye. The restaurant takes its name from a green Mexican herb that permeates both the dishes and the drinks.

What’s the food like? Although there’s an à la carte option, those with time should pick the tasting menu for the true Quintonil experience. The multi-course tasting changes with the seasons, but diners can expect the likes of Moorish crab with green pípian sauce, sunflower seeds and blue corn toast; or rocket marinaded in rice pasta with Veracruz sauce and parsley. Everything is well balanced, with palate cleansers such as cactus sorbet, which speak to the restaurant’s identity beautifully.

Sweet tooth: It would be a mistake not to stay for dessert: the strained mango with toasted rice and seaweed is the perfect way to end this Mexican feast of flavours.

Urban garden: Much of the produce at Quintonil comes from a nearby garden, where the cooks pick fresh veg and greens on a daily basis. Vallejo and his team keep their carbon footprint so low that many of their ingredients travel just 30 metres from origin to plate.

The favourite: An admired and respected figure in the global restaurant industry, chef Vallejo was awarded the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.