Enrique Olvera's Legendary Tacos Will Grace Tokyo This Spring
Though the cooking of Enrique Olvera is firmly rooted in the flavors of his hometown, Mexico City, the Pujol chef's style also takes plenty of cues of Japanese cuisine, so though 2018 is already shaping up to be an extremely busy year for the chef – with a Los Angeles iteration of his acclaimed NYC restaurant Cosme set to open at some point this year – he’s still finding time to bring his boundary-pushing Mexican cuisine to Tokyo in the form of a four-day pop-up this May.
From May 15 to 18, the Mandarin Oriental hotel’s Signature restaurant will be home to a temporary outpost of Pujol, a prix fixe pop-up that will share a name with Olvera’s renowned Mexico City flagship, which landed at 20 on the most recent World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Though the pop-up will draw from that restaurant’s ethos, this four-day event will also stay true to Olvera’s “work with what you have” philosophy by incorporating plenty of local ingredients and techniques.
According to the Mandarin Oriental, the nine-course meal will feature dishes entirely chosen by the chef, a nod to the Omaskase tradition, and will be presented as a selection of tacos, each filled with a mix of Mexican and Japanese ingredients, both raw and cooked. Specific highlights include Enmolada, billed as “a corn and herb tortilla covered with mole, a traditional Mexican sauce,” and Baby Corn with Coffee and Chicatana Ant Mayonnaise.
The dinner is priced at 8,000 yen (about $75) or 18,000 yen (about $170) with drink pairings. If you already have plans to be in Tokyo on those dates, reservations are now open. Or if you really want to go all out, the Mandarin Oriental also has a complete Pujol in Tokyo accommodation package starting at just $1,325 – though sadly, even at that price, you don’t appear to get any bonus tacos.