Tuna carnitas at Contramar in Mexico City


By Eduardo | @cazadordelomejor

Mexico City’s freshest and tastiest seafood, many say. Contramar is known to be the city’s most buzzing spot for locals and foreigners alike. There’s no trip to Mexico City and no weekend well spent without lunch at Contramar.

Cramped wooden chairs and small tables with white tablecloths, woven lamps, blue painted murals, a daily inspirational quote written in large font on the wall, and fast-moving waiters that have been working at the restaurant for over a decade make up the ambiance.

Contramar restaurant in Mexico City

Gabriela Cámara, owner and founder of Contramar, had a very clear vision from the start: honest and fresh food made from the best product, outstanding service, and a great vibe that would provoke sobremesa. Andrés Barragán, chef of Contramar, met Gabriela at the very beginning, almost 20 years ago. Andrés, originally from Puebla, developed his cooking skills with Gaby and continued to improve them on his own. Tuna tostadas, fresh clam ceviche, pescado a la talla and the tuna carnitas are some favorites.

tuna ceviche, tuna tostadas, and tun carnitas at Contramar

Contramar’s tuna carnitas are made using the fatty part of the tuna, which is chopped then fried until crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. After frying, the meat is served with chunky guacamole, refried beans and fresh tortillas made with heirloom corn from Tepoztlan. For dessert, waiters will be dancing around with large trays filled with sweets ranging from fresh chocolate cake to mountains of fresh merengue with whipped cream and strawberries.

Contramar just turned 20 and things just keep getting better for everyone.

Contramar restaurant in Mexico City

Contramar, Calle de Durango 200, Roma Norte, CDMX


17comments inContramar

  1. SolamenteYo

    Oct 15

    Riquisimo Contramar! Iria a CDMX de nuevo solo por visitar ahi y comer tan rico como comi ahi. Y no se diga el buen trato de los meseros, una experiencia muy agradable!!

  2. yvonne E edwards

    Sep 30

    Hi Pati
    How you you doing.? Thanks for reaching out to me in St. Kitts
    I watched your fiesta show yesterday
    after church, the lasagna you make can I please get the recipe
    I would like to make it for my mom 97th birthday next Wednesday
    I’m having a few friends over
    Also I’m not sure if it’s pork where you cook it then shredded it and put in back
    in the sauce, and the salad with the grill shrimp. I’ll be very happy.
    Once you made the shrimp cocktail for your husband birthday, can I also get
    That recipe. I’m still in St Kitts I was surprised yesterday I saw you on Create here
    Love you Pati cheers. This choice will knock their socks off.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 07

      Oh I hope you had an amazing birthday for your mom, Yvonne! Here’s the lasagna recipe: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/veggie-loaded-mexican-lasagna/

  3. Steve g.

    Dec 16

    This was one of the best lunches I’ve ever had! My husband and I had so much food, we didn’t have dinner. I only wish I had a recipe for their Mexican chocolate cake that I had for dessert!!!

    1. Pati

      Dec 17

      So happy to hear this, Steve!

  4. margo gray

    Oct 27

    looks like a great place to visit

    1. Pati

      Oct 29

      Oh it’s amazing…I hope you get to go there soon, Margo.

  5. Lidia Guzmán licaguzman@yahoo.com

    Oct 13

    Since I’m living in Mexico, I’ll visit Contramar soon. Do you have a recipe for pescado a la talla? I’d love to make it.
    Thank you for your very good recipes. Licia

    1. Pati

      Oct 18

      Oh I don’t have a recipe for pescado a la talla yet…but I’ll try to work on one, Lidia.

  6. Joseph Ochoa

    Oct 12

    Oh gosh we went there last year for lunch. It was so, so very good. We had the tuna tostadas, and the snapper a La Talla. You can’t go Mexico City without going there.

    1. Pati

      Oct 13

      Oh I agree, Joseph!

  7. Velia Antila

    Oct 12

    Que delicia, se nos hace agua la boca al ver estos manjares de los cuales no podemos disfrutar en este país

    1. Pati

      Oct 18


  8. Katherine Marth

    Oct 12

    I don’t do social media but I would love to know how to access your schedule for your TV cooking shows.

    1. Pati

      Oct 12

      Oh here you go, Katherine: http://www.tracmedia.com/LOL/PatisMexicanTable2/ Enjoy the episodes.

  9. Alfred Munoz

    Oct 11

    My family and friends just love your show, it bring us new and exciting recipes some first time ideas we can try at home, you bring us the real Mexican food, we thank you and hope your with us for many years to come, Good Luck on your tv show which we never miss but we record just to make sure we don’t miss your wonderful show, and your family are just wonderful it adds a little bit more to your show. Gracias

    1. Pati

      Oct 13

      Thank you very much, Alfred. And say hi to all of your friends and family for me.

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