An intimate restaurant tucked away in a Mexico City apartment

In an age obsessed with the elusive notion of authenticity, restaurants like to say that their menus reflect the spirit of their owners’ kitchens, a comforting, if often misleading, claim. But at the six-month-old Esquina Común in Mexico City, which translates from Spanish to “common corner,” the house is more than a concept. This hidden weekend lunch spot, run by chef Ana González Serrano and her partner, Carlos Pérez-Puelles, is run out of a roughly 550-square-foot second-floor apartment on a leafy street in the city’s Roma neighborhood. . The former living room is now an extension of the modest dining room, which seats up to 14 people and is decorated with family photos and books from the couple’s own residence. In a newly opened lounge just off the main area, Pérez-Puelles serves wine and mezcal from a hyperpersonal selection. González Serrano, who previously oversaw the corn-based offerings at the city’s famous Expendio de Maíz, cooks in a decidedly non-commercial kitchen (his mother, Beatriz, helps with the preparation), serving refined but intimate dishes that, on a weekend for a given end, might include cheese-stuffed plantain croquettes with hoja santa chimichurri (reminiscent of the coastal state of Veracruz where half of González Serrano’s family hails from); a tostada topped with equal parts turmeric buttered lentils from Mexico, India and France; or Peruvian red rice with pork chops and huancaína, a cream sauce she makes with poblanos, alliums and cheese. Reservations can only be made by messaging the restaurant on Instagram: @esquinacomun. Michael Snyder

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