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Elago Restaurant Review: Located in the center of the less famous, less perfectly manicured second section of Chapultepec Park, Elago is still worth the trip, in particular on special occasions, largely because of its soaring, high-modernism dining room and views of the lake from which the restaurant takes its name. The swank Elago ambience will bring 1968 to mind, but the menu is thoroughly updated to include a number of surprising “international” proposals that typically have a touch of Mexico around the edges. We couldn’t resist ordering the so-called “giant” ceviche-stuffed Ensenada oyster and were glad we did---it wasn’t a bit briny, in spite of its size. Starters like the pear salad with Gorgonzola and the crema poblana soup with shrimp were delicately prepared and dramatically presented. For mains, we suggest the sea bass in black olive sauce---at once rich and light---as well as a duck confit that could hold its own and then some on the Continent. To be sure, Elago is probably too big an operation to ever offer true haute cuisine, yet both the kitchen and the waitstaff work hard---and usually succeed---at making your evening unforgettable.