Chef Martha Ortiz
# 48 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2016
Visited: May 28th, 2017 – Lunch Service
The moment I entered Dulce Patria, I was immediately immersed in a colourful world created by Chef Martha Ortiz, where the soulful woes of her sensuality and femininity were vividly present in her dishes. The whole experience reminded me of a novel I was once read in my teenage years, “Como Agua para Chocolate” by the renowned Mexican author, Laura Esquivel. In the novel, the protagonist, Tita, magically and unintentionally infuses her cooking with her emotions, and those who ate her food immediately became succumbed to such emotions. At Dulce Patria, Chef Martha Ortiz offers you her emotions, sensuality and femininity through her food.
Chef Martha Ortiz is a formidable Chef that exudes her identity as a Mexican, woman, artist, poet, author, traveler, and Chef. She is a multifaceted individual who is able to harmonize all of her identities that are apparent through her food.
“Dulce Patria” means sweet homeland. It a restaurant where Chef Martha features her homeland, through her colourful interpretation of vibrant Mexican dishes using contemporary techniques with her traditional and vibrant touches. The food, the restaurant, and the decor all evoked sensuality and femininity. As a diner, you will see the warm colours of red, orange, pink, and violet all over the restaurant and especially present on all of the Chef’s stunning dishes.
Mother Earth and Her Exotic Flowers
The menu inspired by the beginnings of the summer season, was titled, Mother Earth and Her Exotic Flowers.
“Earth, mother and giver of life, the beginning of the virtuous circle of food. This Menu is a tribute to Mexican lands and flowers that elevate and determine the personality of our country” – Martha Ortiz
Everything at Dulce Patria has an element of spectacle, even the water service. What blew me away was the elegance in the water service itself as they planted a fresh bunch of beautiful lemon verbena in our glasses. This gorgeous flowering plant imparted subtle sweet and lemony notes to our water and it was wonderful.
“Mixiote” is a term derived from the Aztec Náhuatl language that refers to the preparation of meat where the outer layers of the maguey leaves are used like parchment to wrap the meat, usually rabbit or mutton, marinated in aromatic chilies, herbs and spices which is then cooked by pit-roasting or steaming until it is tender and juicy.
Maria va a la florería
For our last sweet bite, we ordered the famous dessert named, “Maria goes to the flower shop”. Maria is an emblematic and ever changing dessert at Dulce Patria where the fictional character, Maria visits the flower shop and picks up colours, ingredients, and flowers that will inspire her and mood taste. As a dessert, Maria is moved by the bounty of Mexican ingredients that reflects the freshness and colours of the current season.
“María , la tropical . Se divierte. Se viste de mango y cacao.”
Our experience and Dulce Patria genuinely highlighted the many vibrant ingredients and colours of Mexico through the creations of Chef Martha Ortiz. It was an experience where her emotions were manifested through the captivating presentations and flavours of her dishes. As a diner, we felt the beauty, the spirit and the energy of Mexico as the experience stimulated and awakened our senses. The presentations of her food were indubitably a feast for the eyes.
Chef Martha is a master at channeling her sensuality and femininity that translated elegantly with our overall experience at her restaurant. The service and hospitality that we received from all of the remarkably attentive staff was outstanding and warm. Every dish has an alluring and sometimes, seductive story to tell. I certainly appreciated the vivacity of colours and the adornment of opulent flowers in every plate.
The experience at Dulce Patria evokes a story of a strong Mexican woman who is well attuned to herself and her identity and that feeds you her emotions by showcasing the knowledge, traditions, ingredients, and sensuality of her sweet homeland.