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Monterrey: A City Tasting Tour with Guillermo González Beristáin

Monterrey: A City Tasting Tour with Guillermo González Beristáin

Top Chef Guillermo Beristáin leads Fine Dining Lovers to the best places to eat in Monterrey, Mexico: from bread dining stops to the best tacos in the city.

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Mexico is one of the countries that has attracted more and more the attention of the food world: its rich ingredients coupled with traditional recipes have made the country one of the best destinations in the planet for those who love eating.

And it's not just its capital, Mexico City, that boasts great food options - from South to North, the whole country reserves great gastronomic discoveries. It’s in the North region, by the way, that one of the most important cities in the country is located: Monterrey has become an industrial and technological pole in Mexico and, also because of that, has witnessed a growth of its gastronomic scene, increasingly more diversified.

No wonder, Monterrey has become one of the most representative in the country in relation to restaurants, attracting not only visitors but also chefs and restaurant investors from all over the world.

One of the chefs responsible for this Monterrey rise (and the Mexican gastronomy in the world as well) is Guillermo González Beristáin, who founded, 20 years ago, Pangea, one of the most important restaurants in the country – in the 25th position at the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Uniting local ingredients and contemporary European techniques, Beristáin became an icon in Mexico and gave rise to a growing empire of restaurants throughout northeast Mexico. His group, also named Pangea, has eight restaurants, a winery, catering service, craft brewery. In the little free time he has, the chef likes to explore the city he chose to live. Here, he shares some of his favorite spots in town.

So, where to eat in Monterrey? Let's discover Beristáin's choices, from the best fine dining venues to the typical Mexican tacos.

Fine Dining in Monterrey

“I love Koli and how the work of the Rivera-Rio brothers praises the North kitchen”, he says. The restaurant run by the three brothers focuses on a cuisine of origin: Rodrigo, the chef, Patrício, the maître and Daniel, the pastry chef, are dedicated to making contemporary food looking at their traditions. The name Koli comes from Nahuatl and means “grandfather”, which demonstrates their respect for the local food traditions they inherited and want to keep.

Torre Ana Sur. Vía Cordillera - Sta. Catarina

Another favorite of the chef is Grand Cru, one of the first restaurants in Mexico to focus on wine and pairing. "Gran Cru has a great wine program, like no other in Mexico", Beristáin adds.
Grand Cru
Av. De La Industria 300 Local c-9, Veredalta – Garza Garcia
“Another restaurant that was fundamental to the Monterrey scene was Señor Tanaka, the first one to make an effort to serve good quality Asian food before the boom that took over the city”, he adds. Today there are hundreds of immigrants from Asia living in the city, mainly Koreans, which explains the large offer of Korean restaurants.

Senõr Tanaka
Calz San Pedro 102, Del Valle – Monterrey
Senõr Tanaka

Casual Food in Monterrey

“There are great new proposals of young chefs running carefree concepts with great food today in Monterrey”, Beristáin states. Amongst them, he points out Milk, a pizza bar focused on Neapolitan pizza, Orson, a modern burger joint, and Pan Benell, a breakfast/brunch casual restaurant.

Calle Rio Orinoco 211a, Col. del Valle, San Pedro Garza Garcia
Milk Pizzeria

Av Lázaro Cárdenas 2400, Zona San Agustín – Monterrey

Pan Benell
Plutarco Elías Calles 419, Barrio Tampiquito – San Pedro Garza García
Pan Benell 

Regional cuisine in Monterrey

“Among the restaurants that helped to define the gastronomy scene in Monterrey, I have to mention the incredible work that El Gaucho and La Nacional have done. The first remains active with great quality and service, and the second continues to define the comida regia (regional cuisine) in the 21st century, with dishes that became local icons (such as the rib-eye chicharron and meat aguachiles)”, he says.

El Gaucho
Calle Arroyo Seco 100, Arroyo Seco – Monterrey

La Nacional
Nuevo León 1106, Miravalle San Jerónimo – Monterrey

Best chefs in Monterrey

“For me, without any doubt, Alberto Senties is one of the best chefs in town. Although he is dedicating himself to catering and does not have his own restaurant, he is a great chef who has been able to reinterpret many of the classics of the local cuisine. But I also need to highlight the work of Eduardo Morali, my right arm in Pangea. Eduardo is, in my opinion, one of the best chefs in Mexico with a precise, creative technique and an admirable discipline”.

Av. del Roble 660, Valle del Campestre – Monterrey

Breakfast time in Monterrey

Breakfast is an institution in Mexico, Mexicans love breakfast. Among my favorites in the city is Señor Latino, a very traditional place with traditional food like huevos estrelados (fried eggs), chilaquiles and other classics".

Señor Latino
Rio Mississippi 235, Del Valle – Monterrey

"I also like BreAd Panaderos - Beristáin adds - which has brought the concept of slow fermentation bread made with levain to the city”.
BreAd Panaderos
Avenida Humberto Lobo & Río Nilo, Del Valle – Monterrey

Tacos for all time in Monterrey

“For tacos, Taquería Orinoco is a must-visit place in Monterrey [they have a branch in Mexico City]. Their specialties are the Northern-style tacos with your choice of al pastor, bistec, or chicharron in a cool, modern atmosphere. One can’t miss”.

Taquería Orinoco
Río Orinoco 101, Del Valle – Monterrey

BreAd Panaderos
Avenida Humberto Lobo & Río Nilo, Del Valle – Monterrey

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