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La Taberna del Leon Restaurant Review: Tucked in the corner of a shopping center in the south of Mexico City, La Taberna del León is the creation of local chef Mónica Patiño. The setting---a nineteenth-century Mexican house, the walls of which are decorated with imitations of illustrations by Cocteau, Leonor Fini and Marie Laurencin---complements the menu, which is comprised of dishes utilizing Mexican ingredients but with French preparations. Among the best appetizers are tuna carpaccio served with roasted capers; oysters baked in a tangy-tart chipotle mayonnaise; and roasted and chopped duck, served with tortillas with which you prepare tacos, with scallions, cilantro and both sweet and hot sauces as condiments. Favorite main dishes include robalo (sea bass) in a three-chile sauce, served with potatoes cooked in their skins; a juicy Choice steak in an unusual ginger sauce; and roast chicken breast served in pipián, a thick sauce made with sesame seeds and chilies. The wine list, though not extensive, includes good choices from Mexico, Europe, South America and Australia. Although La Taberna del León is definitely one of Mexico City’s most expensive restaurants, the quality of the food, the conscientious service and the splendor of the surroundings make it well worth the price.