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Dharma

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Mexican & international cuisine, plus espresso drinks & a bar.

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Dharma is a restaurant/bar/café that serves international cuisines and Mexican food. They also specialize in vegan dishes and the use of free-grazing meat.

They’re open for vreakfast, lunch and dinner, or just stop by to have a drink at the bar or grab an espresso made with fine Mexican coffee beans.

Chef Ayrton Ruvalcaba Anaya started Dharma in late 2018 when Casa Colón Concept House opened. The restaurant moved in October 2019 to the park area along the Ajijic malecón (Del Paseo #18).

If you are interested in cooking, you can take Ayrton’s bilingual Mexican cooking program, which takes a practical approach to Mexican gastronomy. You’ll learn the basics of how to cook Mexican food through classic Mexican recipes.

The program started in July 2019 and will continue every other Wednesday. Learn more about the classes.

Note: Many of the photos of the food below are of dishes that are currently not on the menu. I’ll be adding some new photos soon.

Last updated December 9, 2019

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I moved to Ajijic in 2010 when I decided to quit my job of seven years as an editorial assistant at The Denver Post in Colorado. I'm the photographer, web designer, programmer, marketer, writer... the everything behind this website, The Lakeside Guide. All of the businesses on this website appear here for free at no cost to them. If you find this site useful, please consider giving a small donation to become a site patron. Learn more about The Lakeside Guide or check out my other website about photography of Mexico.

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Del Paseo #18

Ajijic

HoursClosed Now

Mon----
Tue8:00am -8:00pm
Wed8:00am -8:00pm
Thu11:00am -8:00pm
Fri8:00am -8:00pm
Sat8:00am -8:00pm
Sun10:00am -6:00pm

Phone

332-794-6101

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Photos of Dharma

Outside Dharma Ajijic at Del Paseo #18 in Ajijic, Mexico.

Outside Dharma Ajijic at Del Paseo #18 in Ajijic, Mexico.

Dharma is located along the park area of the malecón in Ajijic.

Dharma is located along the park area of the malecón in Ajijic.

Dharma has bar and serves espresso drinks made with fine Mexican coffee.

Dharma has bar and serves espresso drinks made with fine Mexican coffee.

Pad thai with shrimp and chicken.

Pad thai with shrimp and chicken.

Huevos rancheros.

Huevos rancheros.

Carne en su jugo is one of the most popular regional dishes you can find in Ajijic. It's a tomatillo-based soup with beans and beef. Dharma also serves a vegetarian version with oyster mushrooms.

Carne en su jugo is one of the most popular regional dishes you can find in Ajijic. It's a tomatillo-based soup with beans and beef. Dharma also serves a vegetarian version with oyster mushrooms.

This is the torta ahogada maya, which is a special take on the traditional torta ahogada. Instead of carnitas or buche, it has cochinita pipil, which is a specially spiced slow-roasted pork recipe from Yucatán.

This is the torta ahogada maya, a special take on the traditional torta ahogada. Instead of carnitas or buche, it has cochinita pipil, which is a specially spiced slow-roasted pork recipe from Yucatán.

Beef pho.

Beef pho.

'El Extranjero': Black forest ham, cheddar cheese, grilled bell peppers and other vegetables, with a side of potatoes and rosemary.

"El Extranjero": Black forest ham, cheddar cheese, grilled bell peppers and other vegetables, with a side of potatoes and rosemary.

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The 'CamoteQuiero,' an open-faced sandwich with sweet potato purée, organic goat cheese, herbs and grains.

The "CamoteQuiero," an open-faced sandwich with sweet potato purée, organic goat cheese, herbs and grains.

Dharma has great 'gourmet' tacos such as these shrimp mojo de ajo de chipotle. Mojo de ajo is oil and garlic that's been been simmered for an hour or more. The mojo for these tacos also has chipotle.

Dharma has great "gourmet" tacos such as these shrimp mojo de ajo de chipotle. Mojo de ajo is olive oil and garlic that's been simmered for an hour or more. The mojo for these tacos also has chipotle.

Tacos de cochinita pibil.

Tacos de cochinita pibil.

Tacos with flank steak and avocado.

Tacos with flank steak and avocado.

Red pozole. Pozole is not on the menu at Dharma, but was the subject of Chef Ruvalcaba's first Mexican cooking class.

Red pozole. Pozole is not on the menu at Dharma, but was the subject of Chef Ruvalcaba's first mexican cooking class.

Chef Ayrton Ruvalcaba Anaya and his crew, Luís and Eliana, prepare a lunch order for four at Dharma.

Chef Ayrton Ruvalcaba Anaya and his crew, Luís and Eliana, prepare a lunch order for four at Dharma.

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Eliana and Ayrton make sandwiches and tacos in the kitchen.

Eliana and Ayrton make sandwiches and tacos in the kitchen.

Making an 'Extranjero' sandwich.

Making an "Extranjero" sandwich.

Eliana makes an order of gourmet cochinita pibil tacos.

Eliana makes an order of gourmet cochinita pibil tacos.

Cochinita pibil tacos. It's a blend of many spices and herbs, but one of its main ingredients is achiote paste.

Cochinita pibil tacos. It's a blend of many spices and herbs, but one of its main ingredients is achiote paste.

Achiote paste has been in use since Mesoamerican times. On top of the tacos go pickled purple onions.

Achiote paste has been in use since Mesoamerican times. On top of the tacos go pickled purple onions.

Ayrton makes a 'CamoteQuiero' sandwich, where the main star is the puréed camote (sweet potato).

Ayrton makes a "CamoteQuiero" sandwich, where the main star is the puréed camote (sweet potato).

Then a seed mix of sunflower, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are sprinkled on top.

Then a seed mix of sunflower, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are sprinkled on top.

Chef Ayrton makes a torta ahogada maya.

Chef Ayrton makes a torta ahogada maya.

A torta ahogada sandwich is so named because it is submerged or 'drowned' (ahogada) in bath of spicy salsa.

A torta ahogada sandwich is so named because it is submerged or "drowned" (ahogada) in bath of spicy salsa.

Ayrton cuts some broccoli microgreens to decorate one of the plates.

Ayrton cuts some broccoli microgreens to decorate one of the plates.

Ayrton dribbles salsa de guacamole on the torta ahogada maya.

Ayrton dribbles salsa de guacamole on the torta ahogada maya.

Finally, a nasturtium flower tops it off.

Finally, a nasturtium flower tops it off.

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An agua fresca, a margarita and a trópico, plus three vials of special natural flavorings which are used in some of the drinks made at Dharma's bar.

An agua fresca, a margarita and a trópico, plus three vials of special natural flavorings which are used in some of the drinks made at Dharma's bar.

An agua fresca de jamaica with rosemary. Jamaica gets its color from its sole ingredient (besides water and sweetener), the hibiscus flower.

An agua fresca de jamaica with rosemary. Jamaica gets its color from its sole ingredient (besides water and sweetener), the hibiscus flower.

Made-to-order iced tea.

Made-to-order iced tea.

Iced tea.

Iced tea.

The bartender/barista, Luís, makes drinks at the bar.

The bartender/barista, Luís, makes drinks at the bar.

Luís makes a trópico, which is a passionfruit-flavored drink.

Luís makes a trópico, which is a passionfruit-flavored drink.

The drink contains the passionfruit's seeds, which are crunchy and tasty.

The drink contains the passionfruit's seeds, which are crunchy and tasty.

Adding the artisanal mezcal.

Adding the artisanal mezcal.

Adding a little mineral water and giving it a stir.

Adding a little mineral water and giving it a stir.

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A trópico: passionfruit juice with mezcal, a splash of mineral water, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

A trópico: passionfruit juice with mezcal, a splash of mineral water, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

Now it's time to make a margarita.

Now it's time to make a margarita.

Squeezing the lime.

Squeezing the lime.

Shaking it up.

Shaking it up.

A margarita on the rocks served in a copper cup.

A margarita on the rocks served in a copper cup.

Inside Dharma at Del Paseo #18 in Ajijic, Mexico. It's located in the park area along the malecón.

Inside Dharma at Del Paseo #18 in Ajijic, Mexico. It's located in the park area along the malecón.

Neat mugs and cups for coffee and tea. The espresso machine is a Faema E92 espresso machine from Italy.

Neat mugs and cups for coffee and tea. The espresso machine is a Faema E92 espresso machine from Italy.

Grinding the coffee beans using a precisely weighed measurement.

Grinding the coffee beans using a precisely weighed measurement.

Leveling and compacting the coffee grinds in the portafilter before infusion.

Leveling and compacting the coffee grinds in the portafilter before infusion.

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Ayrton infuses a shot of espresso for a cappuccino.

Ayrton infuses a shot of espresso for a cappuccino.

Dharma uses organic milk in their espresso drinks.

Dharma uses organic milk in their espresso drinks.

Steaming the milk.

Steaming the milk.

Adding the steamed milk to the espresso to make a cappuccino.

Adding the steamed milk to the espresso to make a cappuccino.

Inside the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant.

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