An institution now, and chef Gabriele Camara is an international star and government envoy. It’s nearly impossible to get a reservation. For the full experience, plan ahead and don’t let the person on the other end of the phone talk you into the gringo hour (1pm) or the Polanco location. The food is the same, but no matter how good the food (and it is exceptional), you don’t go for the food. You go to Contramar for the sense that you have just dropped down into the epi-center of what is happening and who’s who in Mexico City, and you have. The restaurant only serves only lunch, which typically starts at 2 or 3, but on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, it will still be full at 10pm — those lunch timers enjoying the rich Mexican tradition of the sobremesa, that is, the conversation (and yes, cocktails) that follow the long midday meal.
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