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“True "haute cuisine" in unexpected place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond

Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond
Ranked #3 of 939 Restaurants in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$50
Cuisines: Mexican, French, European
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: DU MEXIQUE es un Lujo Gastronómico con una sola "Estrella"... Usted!. Es un pequeño espacio donde la tradición se encuentra con el estilo contemporáneo, el Romance y los Cinco Sentidos. El Lugar se ubica en pleno Corazón de Cancún, la cocina es la herencia de nuestro prestigiosos Chef Alain Grimond, y ahora es ejecutada con perfección por nuestro Gran Chef Benjamín Ferra y Castell. Y, por supuesto que su elegante diseño interior y su impecable servicio, poseen la firma inconfundible de su anfitriona y Propietaria Sonya Grimond.-Abierto de: 19:00 a 23:30 horas.-Descansamos el "Domingo".Gracias.
Bucks County, PA
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“True "haute cuisine" in unexpected place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

We've been coming to Cancun for 20 years and have seen the dining options improving. This place has been here for 5 years and no one has mentioned it to us, even when we have requested fine dining and are not afraid to spend a bit more for really good food.
There are about 8 tables in the place. Service is performed by a delightful Mexican wife and the food is prepared by an expert French chef who also helps with service and ordering. My wife surprised me by ordering the fois gras tarte tatin...awesome. Wife had a sundried tomato soup (something new) and I had the escargot (classic presentation in the brown baked dish....12 little beauties.).
My wife had a local flounder served Grenoblois (capers, etc) and I had the duck breast, served with a rose-sauce.
For dessert we shared fresh figs poached with what might have been an ice cream/creme anglais concoction. We had 4 glasses of wine, 1 white and 3 reds.
Portions are very generous in this lovely place. The linen is fine and the glasses appear to all be Reidel or a great imitation thereof.
The meal came to just under $200 including aa generous, but unnecessary 20% tip.
So, though it's not cheap, it's not excessive for the 3 hour dining experience.
Someone else likened it to a 2 star Michelin. I might only give it 1 star using the Michelin standards.
Be aware: the menu is not very large, nor are the wine selections. But the place is small and they easily have something for everyone. A place like this in New York or Philly would be jammed everyday, all day, and have a one year waiting list. A truly must-go place for foodies and chowhounds.
Sorry to have posted this on the British board. Couldn't access a US board.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank xsivjosh
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Sonya G, Owner at Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond, responded to this review, 1 February 2013
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Apreciable Amigo: Nada más una nota amistosa para decir ¡GRACIAS!, por su visita en nuestro petit DU MEXIQUE by Chef Alain Grimond, en el 2012. Gracias por compartir su invaluable comentario de la experiencia vivida con nosotros. Les deseamos un año 2013 lleno de Bienestar Absoluto. Con Cariño Chef Alain y Sonya Grimond.
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Columbus, Ohio
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal, one of the highlights of our trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Chef Alain and his wife Sonya were wonderful and welcoming, and the food was excellent. The menu was a charming mix of french and spanish, but chef was happy to translate if you needed it. The food was simple and classic in preparation but highlighted many local ingredients. The wine list is small, but very well selected and reasonably priced. I would recommend the trip into town from the hotel zone to anyone who is looking to a truly unique and memorable meal in Cancun.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Davis1171
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Sonya G, Owner at Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond, responded to this review, 1 February 2013
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Apreciable Amigo: Nada más una nota amistosa para decir ¡GRACIAS!, por su visita en nuestro petit DU MEXIQUE by Chef Alain Grimond, en el 2012. Gracias por compartir su invaluable comentario de la experiencia vivida con nosotros. Les deseamos un año 2013 lleno de Bienestar Absoluto. Con Cariño Chef Alain y Sonya Grimond.
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Can't stress enough how excellent this restaurant is. This is the best meal I've ever had under $100. It's like a Michelin 2-star.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank EMLasker
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Sonya G, Owner at Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
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Apreciable Amigo: Nada más una nota amistosa para decir ¡GRACIAS!, por su visita en nuestro petit DU MEXIQUE by Chef Alain Grimond, en el 2012. Gracias por compartir su invaluable comentario de la experiencia vivida con nosotros. Les deseamos un año 2013 lleno de Bienestar Absoluto. Con Cariño Chef Alain y Sonya Grimond.
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Cancun, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“fine dinning at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Alain and Sonia are your hosts and while in their care you will experience a meal equal to any 4 star restaurant in North America!

Visited February 2012
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Sonya G, Owner at Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
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Apreciable Amigo: Nada más una nota amistosa para decir ¡GRACIAS!, por su visita en nuestro petit DU MEXIQUE by Chef Alain Grimond, en el 2012. Gracias por compartir su invaluable comentario de la experiencia vivida con nosotros. Les deseamos un año 2013 lleno de Bienestar Absoluto. Con Cariño Chef Alain y Sonya Grimond.
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Edmonton
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“French cuisine using local ingredients, in a small personal restaurant, prepared and served by the owners. Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

We had souffle, pâté on apple tart, and ravioli made with local ingredients and flavors. Ravioli is a must. Mains, we had duck, fish and rack of lamb, all excellent. Dessert included a local fruit mousse we couldn't catch the name of, but excellent. Personal experience from having chef/owner explain each menu item was educational and very helpful. They love what they do and what they prepare.

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Sonya G, Owner at Du Mexique By Sonya Grimond, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
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Apreciable Amigo: Nada más una nota amistosa para decir ¡GRACIAS!, por su visita en nuestro petit DU MEXIQUE by Chef Alain Grimond, en el 2012. Gracias por compartir su invaluable comentario de la experiencia vivida con nosotros. Les deseamos un año 2013 lleno de Bienestar Absoluto. Con Cariño Chef Alain y Sonya Grimond.
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