Royal India – Mexico City (Polanco)

This upscale Indian restaurant in the equally upscale Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City delivers high-quality food that matches its high prices.

I ordered chicken tikka masala, but was given something that didn’t look like it. Six spicy pieces of chicken breast tasted great so I didn’t care if I received the wrong order. I also ordered steamed rice.

I apologize for featuring the rice over the chicken. A professional photographer I am not. And the next one is worse. You can barely see what my friend ordered. 🤣

She ordered pescado madras. It surpassed my chicken in flavor. I’d say it was the best Indian dish I’ve ever tasted.

The naan, torn into pieces served as mini-tortillas for tacos de pescado madras.

We weren’t terribly hungry. That’s why we just ordered the two main dishes, rice and naan. They totaled almost $700mxn. With tip, close to $800mxn. That’s $40usd without drinks.

My next goal is to find an Indian restaurant in the city which tastes good at a much lower price. Atmosphere and location are not important to me and not worth paying extra for.

Artemisa Bistro – Mexico City

This morning I enjoyed a breakfast experience I can’t remember having before. The warm sun in a cloudless sky made sitting outside comfortable, which is not always the case here.

It included adequate sized sides of yogurt, honey and granola. And the presentation looked like a work of art.

I finished my meal with a fresh raisin roll and coffee americano.

An attentive server and the guitar player were the finishing touches on my amazing experience.

Matías Romero 99, Col del Valle Centro, Benito Juárez, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX

The Best Burger Mx – Mexico City

The name of the restaurant dares you to eat one of their burgers, making you wonder just how good they are. Good marketing and it drew me in.

https://youtu.be/j0ZOhwdJKG4

Even if this burger tasted better than any burger I’ve eaten, it still couldn’t qualify for “best burger.”

The bun lacks the necessary texture and taste. The bun often makes the burger.

200g of meat (cooked to medium which is excellent) and good quality fries for 110 pesos ($5.50) means you’ll receive a good burger there. Just not the best.

Penny’s Diner – Yuma, AZ

I’m not sure if this is a local chain (several stores in Yuma) or there are locations in other cities. Either way, Penny’s certainly looks like a diner outside and in.

One of the highlights was my witty, wisecracking waitress.

Another was an old-fashioned milk shake. I ordered chocolate with a little whipped cream.

You see the grilled cheese. Looks and tasted like a basic sandwich we’ve all eaten. Except I had to pay $8 for the privilege today.

My sandwich and shake, with tax and tip totalled $15! Outlandish prices. Ok, the shake brought back wonderful memories of years gone by, but they weren’t worth what I paid for them.

Seems like most places where I ate this week were quite expensive. I imagine the locals are used to the high prices and the snowbirds can afford them.

Olive Garden – Yuma, AZ

Foodwise, a review of one Olive Garden is a review of all. The menu here is generally identical at all locations as most chain restaurants are.

Bread sticks

Are these the main reason 90% of people eat at Olive Garden? Although it had been seven years since my last visit, bread sticks are still the magnet that pulls in the customers.

Garden salad

Good. Not great. Seemed like a lot more croutons than before and not enough black olives, but that’s just my preference.

Zuppa Toscana

The soups tasted better than I remembered, especially the Toscana. It possessed a spiciness that made my mouth tingle.

Pasta e fajioli

Another strong, pleasingly flavorful soup.

I believe the endless soup, salad and bread is the best value ($9.99) on a totally overpriced menu. Absolutely average pasta dishes for $14-18 is ridiculous. Come for the soup and salad or find a locally owned place for pasta.