Casa de los Muñecos is a culinary haute cuisine company located in Puebla, Mexico, a city rich in Baroque age architecture and culture, and whose gastronomy has been awarded World Heritage for Humanity status.
Our brand name is homonymous with the old baroque house, inside of which we opened our first restaurant in 2006. Located in the core of the Historical District, it is known by this name because of its distinctive tile decorated facade in the way of a mural, conformed by human caricatures in different poses and attitudes. The reason and meaning of such decoration is the plot of one of several fascinating legends conforming the popular chronicle in the city.
At the present time, the building is a tourist attraction and the Art Museum of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP, Puebla's public university); hence, Casa de los Muñecos Restaurant was created and performs activities as a live sample of Puebla's gastronomic tradition and culinary art. This restaurant concept is first and unique in the city, and probably at national level. In this way we have the opportunity to host national and foreign visitors, and oftenly, influential personalities in politics, journalists, intellectuals, and show business celebrities. Thanks to their preference, we have become an important reference point on the gastronomic scene of Puebla City.
Two years after our first inauguration, we opened at the end of 2008, our branch located in BUAP's Cultural Complex, a modern and vangardist space, host to many relevant events, where it is also possible to enjoy the arts, the gastronomy and the cultural activity of the city.
Museo de Arte BUAP
2 Norte No. 2
+52(222) 242 48 25
Complejo Cultural Universitario
Vía Atlixcáyotl 2499
+52(222) 229 55 00 ext. 2630
We, the people of Puebla, are inheritors to one of Mexico´s big gastronomic treasures, and therefore we keep a deep respect for the delicious legacy of our ancestors. But we also know this inheritance is to be grown, renewed and enriched day by day.
So this is our mission and reason to be. Our desire to continue with the culinary inventiveness that has defined Puebla for centuries.
Our menu includes the culinary masterpieces of the ancient and traditional cuisine of Puebla; and also our own creations resulting from the fussion of old reciepes, ﬂavors and ingredients, with contemporary trends in Mexican and international cuisine.
Our constant aim is to make our guests live a pleasant and unique experience on every visit; by providing a delight for the senses with our cuisine, ambiance, dinning rooms and high level of service.
Our operational process is certiﬁed to meet the standards of quality programs and selective groups of restaurants: Distintivo H, Distintivo M, Punto Limpio, Super Host, MESAS POBLANAS and TESOROS DE MÉXICO.
We have also received international awards: Five Star Diamond Award, The Bizz, Latin American Quality Award, and The European Society for Quality Research Award
Our history as Restaurante Casa de los Muñecos began in October 2006, but our human team is integrated by professionals with up to 30 years of experience in the restaurant and catering business.
Parallel to our two restaurantes, we offer a ﬂexible Catering Service with capacity for small or big events. Recently we are incursioning in the easy food market with a new line of gourmet products including sauces, marmalade and instant mexican dishes. Currently for sale in Mexico, and soon in the United States.
Over 7 years we have achieved a strong position in the local and regional market; and our business expansion plan includes the franchise scheme.
The house is named after its facade decoration of tiles conforming a mural of human caricatures in dancing pose. Baroque Style. It was built in 1792 by Agustín de Ovando y Villavicencio, Councilor and Mayor of the city. A story tells the facade decoration was intended to taunt his political adversaries, who opposed to the construction of the house. However, some researchers argue those caricatures have nothing to do with a political backdrop, and instead they see a representation of an ancient greek myth known as "The Labours of Hercules"
The story, simple and short in itself, seems to have a certain dose of verisimilitude because of the historical facts and the real people mentioned along: Don Agustín de Ovando y Villavicencio was a lordly man with a mighthy inﬂuence among eclesiastic and civil authorities of Puebla, and one of the richest men in town; owner of several high-value houses and farms. He was descendant and inheritor of a Spanish Linage, Los De Ovando, in whose viceregal house they proudly showed the heraldic stone of the family at the top of the front entryway. Don Agustín was a man of an outstanding physical appearence, which contributed to his arrogant, intolerant, despotic and disrespectul attitude towards the powerful people, and even more towards the commoners. In 1773, he was appointed as a member of the Civil Council of Puebla, and that same year, as Mayor of the City. He assumed the same ofﬁce for the second time in 1791. An later on, he obtained the title as "Perpetual Honorary Councilor." He had a perfect knowledge of all rules, proclamations, orders and everything else in public governance; but it was more remarkable the accurate judgments he used to make about his close collaborators. Don Agustin had an acid way to criticize everyone and everything, making fun of people with humiliating nicknames and mocking stories. So, in the eyes of the people, he was a hateful person. At that time, in all the Viceroyalty of New Spain, there was a mandate that the Council Houses (which from 1714 are referred as Municipal Palace) had to be the main, tallest and most ostentatious building of every city, as a symbol of superiority and authority. Don Agustín, as a "Retired Councilor" knew well, in all its meaning, such mandate. So, in a desire to demonstrate his preponderance and to defy authority, he started the construction of a three story house just around the corner of, and higher than, the Municipal Palace. When the Civil Council realized his intentions, they ordered De Ovando to suspend the construction and to demolish the third ﬂoor of the house. He dismissed the order, but the works were interrumpted by police enforcement. At ﬁrst they tried conciliation, but failed. So, to resolve the case, they recurred to the Viceroy, who was also conﬂicted by the inﬂuece of the De Ovando Family on the Court decisions; but he ﬁnally decided to support the authorities of Puebla. De Ovando considered this decision as an unbearable humiliation. So he traveled to Spain, and using his inﬂuence, he obtained the permission from the King to ﬁnish building his house, which then surpassed the height of the Municipal Palace, and therefore broke the tradition of exclusive height for viceregal palaces.
But Don Agustín had been ambarrased, his pride was hurt, and most of all, he felt full of hatred against the Councilors, whom he knew even in their most intimate habits, after they had been mates in the Council. To take revenge on them, he had made in Valencia tile boards to exhibit satirical caricatures of each one in grotesque pose. Upon his triumphant return to Puebla, he had those tile boards embedded in the facade of the house that raised the dispute. No document exists to prove this story, hence it is to be considered as a popularlegend. Notwithstandig, the conclusion is Don Agustín de Ovando y Villavicencio bequeathed to Puebla City posibly the oldest known caricatures in Mexico dating back to the Viceroyalty times.
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