It was a bit of a windy night when a friend and I rocked up to this place in The Colonia Roma district of town. It was also dark, as we’d got lost in a maze of streets around the beautiful Parque de Mexico. The pictures are not great. But the food was.
The waiter, who looked more European than Mexican, was as nice as pie. I’d seen him earlier in the day when we’d happened across this place on the way to one of my favoured cafes. The place was quieter when we returned, the three chefs had now dwindled to one. It was a quirky place. Flowers on tables (that got blown over in a strong gust of wind!) and candles in jars. The tables were old doors screwed onto tressel legs, and a worn, top-end of a child’s cot. It gave the place an air of a shabby chic bistro.
Pan Comido (translated ‘a piece of cake’) is totally vegetarian, with a few vegan options and one or two that were also gluten free. I was looking forward to some tasty bites, so the waiter and I plunged headlong into some serious translations and confabs with the chef , and aided by a helpful, friendly American girl with a perfect grasp of the language, we concluded the ‘Vishnu’ curry and the falafels would be full of flavour and filling for a hungry girl! It sounds like a lot (I had a side order of sweet potato chips and fries with it too…which my friend helped me devour) but the portions are not overly large. The grainy, night time photo’s do not do the meal justice. The falafels were small and delicate with the perfect ratio of herbs and cumin, and the curry had lots of perfectly diced vegetables, a gentle heat but a good Indian flavour. Other dishes on offer were salads, hamburgers and ‘bowls’ (veggies, quinoa, greens etc).
It was very reasonably priced, especially as their menu is mostly organic and locally sourced. They also pour generous glasses of ‘water of the day’ which is house made and steeped with super foods and elixirs.
It is located in a great part of town, and after you’ve finished you can pop into the cafe two doors up and grab one of the raw snacks that they sell if Pan Comido doesn’t have any gluten free and vegan desserts when you visit (which it didn’t when I was there).
Tonala 91, Colonia Roma Norte (/between Alvaro Obregon and Chihuahua)