Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

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 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 is located inside, where you’ll also find shops and a small three-room hotel.

Chef Anaya is starting a bilingual Mexican cooking program this month (June 2019) that will last until October. Among the things you’ll learn will be how to make tortillas, various types of tacos, pozole, enchiladas, moles, adobos, regional recipes from across Mexico, broths, barbacoas, asados, and zarandeados.

The program starts on June 19 and will continue every other Wednesday. You can take just one class or sign up for the entire five-month course. Contact the restaurant below through Facebook, email or phone to register.

Last updated June 2, 2019

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Address

Colón #29

Ajijic

HoursClosed Now

Mon11:00am -8:00pm
Tue----
Wed11:00am -8:00pm
Thu11:00am -8:00pm
Fri11:00am -8:00pm
Sat11:00am -8:00pm
Sun10:00am -6:00pm

Phone

332-794-6101

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Photos of Dharma

Inside Casa Colón Concept House, where the restaurant Dharma is located, at Colón #29 in Ajijic, Mexico.

Inside Casa Colón Concept House, where the restaurant Dharma is located, at Colón #29 in Ajijic, Mexico.

The bar and seating area for the restaurant and coffee shop are in the large open space inside this old house, which still has a good deal of its original adobe walls. The owners estimate the building to be about 100 years old.

The bar and seating area for the restaurant and coffee shop are in the large open space inside this old house, which still has a good deal of its original adobe walls. The owners estimate the building to be about 100 years old.

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.

'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.

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.

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Aztec dancers at the Virgin of Zapopan procession

Aztec Dancers

Aztec dancers, also known as concheros, lead the procession for the annual arrival of the Virgin of Zapopan in Chapala.

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Tacos de cochinita pibil.

Tacos de cochinita pibil.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Dance of the Little Old Men

Dance of the Little Old Men

A dancer in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, performs La Danza de los Viejitos, the Dance of the Little Old Men, a traditional dance from Michoacan.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The dining area at Dharma and the shopping area of Casa Colón Concept House.

The dining area at Dharma and the shopping area of Casa Colón Concept House.

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Cowboy Silhouette

Cowboy Silhouette

A cowboy demonstrates the precision of his lasso skills during an exhibition on the Day of the Cowboy in Ajijic, Mexico.

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