This outstanding restaurant is a trip, both literally and figuratively, through truly authentic Mexican cuisine by way of Chicago, New York and Oaxaca. Chef Tatiana Navarro has no set menu – just a daily open-ended tasting menu – and no sign. Agave Azul is hidden inside a residential La Macarena home, offering a handful of tables and highly personalized service. Advance reservations essential.
Once you're inside, a culinary coup awaits: possibilities include slow-braised Jalisco short ribs with chile ancho, habanero-laced ceviche with passionfruit reduction or mini carnitas sandwiches with chicharones (pork cracklings). Even the simple things (guacamole) are done well, and there's always a surprise among the seven courses. Chase the meal with outstanding chipotle margaritas – surely Colombia's best – and you've reached nirvana cocina mexicana.