May 11, 2018
Apparently “broka” means “brother” in northern Mexican slang, and with its warm and festive atmosphere this bistro aims to make everyone feeling like they’re part of one big happy family. It’s a relatively secret spot in the heart of the Roma district and is easy to overlook with with its discreet frontage and lack of signs ‐ deliberately so as chef Marco Margain prefers guests to find their way through recommendations from friends. But once you’ve located it in don’t hang around inside, the real star of the show is Broka’s magnificent tiled courtyard, accessed through the kitchen. The place fills up quickly with loyal customers so it’s worth calling ahead to reserve a table. The menu features seasonal nouveau Mexican cuisine and changes daily, depending on what’s fresh and available at the market. By day it’s a four plate prix‐fixe, by night it’s a fixed meal of 10 tapas. And the locals swear the hefty sandwiches are the best around. The convivial chef is usually on hand to talk guests through what their eating. Wash it all down with a glass, or bottle, selected from Broka’s admirable wine list, a beer, or a shot of mezcal ‐ a tequila‐like spirit made from the agave plant.