Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose. . .
The more things change, the more they stay the same. And so it is with Mexico City’s Brasserie Lipp, a mirror image of its storied Parisian sister.
Since 1880, French novelists, philosophers, politicians and luminaries have cavorted at Brasserie Lipp. At the Mexico City restaurant – the only Brasserie Lipp outside Paris – everything from the elite clientele to the daily menu is en pareil.
"The who’s who of Mexico come here," says Jorge Berrio, general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City. “It’s the place to see and be seen.” It’s also the place to enjoy oysters on the half shell as Hemingway did, or to indulge in steak tartare as Sartre might have. Chef Jacques-Olivier Borja, a veteran of Michelin three-star restaurants and a chef to former French president Jacques Chirac, anchors the menu with classics such as sole meunière, steak frites and garlicky escargot.