Mexican home cooking at its finest, El Tabano chooses to steer clear of the modern culinary flair that surrounds most Tulum eateries, instead sticking to authentic cuisine that you’d undoubtedly find on the dining table of a traditional Mayan casa. After a gracious welcome, armed with a habanero infused margarita, we turned our attentions to the mouthwatering menu selection on a huge blackboard. El Tabano is one of the only places in Tulum that serves up a delicious plate of Cochinita Pibil, to our delight. A dish famous in the Yucatan Peninsula; local pork is marinated in zesty citrus juices, Caribbean spices and vibrant achiote before being baked in fragrant banana leaves to produce a celebratory dish unrivaled in flavour.
We recommend: The vibrant Cochinita Pibil, stuffed Poblano peppers and sizzling coconut shrimp. Team with a habanero infused margarita or the crisp cucumber, mint martini.
A low-key spot for casual, castaway-esque-dining — sand underfoot, shabby rainbow furniture and eating out under a starry night sky. The buzzing evening atmosphere, live music and cool ocean breeze teamed with fresh wood-fire baked pizza, fish tacos and colourful cocktails make Zamas the perfect setting for a laid-back evening.
We recommend: The gambas pil pil, wood-fired pizza, mojitos and a thirst quenching cervezas.
A rustic Argentinian restaurant on the jungle side of the beach road, Casa Banana serves up steak, fish and grilled meats cooked an outdoor wood-fire. The ambience is romantic, an elegant alfresco affair surrounded by glowing lanterns, palms and the warm, smoky scent of burning wood chips. Think candlelight, a buzzing evening atmosphere and the best steak in the area.
We recommend: The grilled rib eye steak with chimichurri, whole red snapper and calamari salad.