The Hacienda Xcanatún is a high-end, beautiful place to stay, with an extraordinary restaurant. My wife and I opted to stay in an inexpensive B&B in Merida (see my "accomodations" tips), but ate at the restaurant one afternoon––just after I had written, in my journal, that one could not really find exceptional,, world-class Mexican/Mayan food, in Merida. I was wrong.
It is true, there were many continental/American items on the menu at Hacienda Xcanatún. But there were also exquisitely prepared Mayan-inspired dishes, which will remain in memory for years to come. The chef at this hacienda has raised Mayan cooking to high cuisine. If you have in mind to splurge just once, in Yucatán, this is the place to do it. (And I hope you have the opportunity to read this before paying even higher prices, for generic food, at any of the luxury resorts along the coast of Yucatán.)
Favorite Dish: Plantain soup with cumin seasoning
Mamacita's is a colorful, friendly place to get a bite to eat with una cerveza in Costa Maya. It is located in the cruise port shopping area between the pool and the coast. The view from the 2nd floor is very nice too.
Favorite Dish: Fish tacos with hot salsa.
Everywhere in the country, but especially in the South Mexican estados of Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo, you can find a huge variety of pollo-related dishes. You just HAVE to try some of them ... so did I, but I think I never have to eat pollo anymore, as I performed my life-pensum on pollo in only six months. Jejeje, well I am actually fed up with it, but I can really recommend you trying it though.
The restaurant at the hotel copacabana was very large, but despite this had a very friendly atmosphere, the waiting staff were excellent and the food choice was copious.
whatever your taste you will find something that you like as there is so much choice.
It has an excellent "traffic light system" for reserving your table so that nobody sits there whilst you are at the buffet choosing.
Favorite Dish: Most things were pretty good, the breakfast pastries were very good as was the huge choice of fresh fruit. pasta was also very good.
each night has a theme and i found that the mexican night was particularly tasty-weather that was because the chefs were more competent at cooking their own type of food or weather i just enjoyed it more because it was authentic from the country i was visiting i dont know but i thoroughly enjoyed it.
One final tip-make sure that you try the cactus smoothies at breakfast!
One down side -they cannot make a decent cup of coffee to save their lives!
In this resort you can find several restaurants whether buffet or a la carte.
The food is good, not outstanding, but it is varied with lots of different plates to choose from. In the buffet restaurants you will eat international food and the a la carte restaurants are thematic: italian, mexican, specialized in meat, specialized in seafood.
Breakfast is very good, tasty fruit juices and nice pancakes.
In Hacienda Doña Isabel you also find a seafood restaurant, but you must pay as it is not part of the "all Inclusive".
Favorite Dish: My favourite restaurant was the mexican one.
It´s not really cheap (if you´re a low budget traveller), but reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Their specialty is PocChuc (=very thin slices of pork with onions tomatos and orange juice) which was invented here. They are famous for their typical yucatecan food.
Next to burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos, you can try a traditional Maya dish. Spicy meat, vegetables and potatoes are put in a big metal container and prepared in a pit in the ground.
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