El Tábano – Tulum, Mexico

Ondina —  2012 / Jun / 26 — 2 Comments

El Tábano
(52) 984 134 8725
Carrettera Boca Paila Km 5.
77780 Tulum, Mexicoo
eltabano.teatrobar@yahoo.com

Open Hours:
8:00 am – 10:00pm Daily

El Tábano is first on the list of many a foodie review of Tulum.  So it was with some excitement that we ducked through the driftwood gate, into the open garden littered with tables and easing with well curated music.  The short answer is that El Tábano has by far the best dining in the area and owners Paf and Laura deserve all the kudos they receive.

Our lead was the cold tomatoe and papaya gazpacho.  Spectacularly refreshing, cool and sweet it was an instant winner, reinvigorating the palate on a hot afternoon.  Next the plates started coming quickly, a fresh guacamole salad, an organic bean salad, huitlacoche crepes, chili ancho stuffed with shrimp and nuts – each plate radiating forth with its own perfumed flavor contour, as dishes in Mexico tend to do.

The fresh fish tacos were quite good, but not quite as mind-boggling as those from the Viceroy in Playa del Carmen, which are very very very hard to top.  A highlight was the hot pepper salsa which was made fresh on our request.  The tomatillos and chillies were still warm from the stove top!

The menu changes consistently, and is quite malleable, as it is only chalk on the large blackboards by the entrance; easily alterable.  It is good to arrive early as items are only available until they run out, which they did 3 of the 3 times we were there.  Pricing is quite reasonable and many of the ingredients organic.  El Tábano was also where we were able to purchase the flowery local Yucatan honey (you should do this too!).

In the evenings bug spray and/or long pants and chosed shoes are recommended for dinner.  As you are dining in a garden, there are plenty mosquitoes at night.  Though as we forgot, the waiter was on-hand with a solution!  The staff is relaxed and friendly, happily chatting about each dish.  If you find yourself in Tulum, for everyone’s benefit, please remember that you are in the Caribbean, and probably in need of a vacation.  So please don’t get short if the staff runs at a slightly slower speed then they do at home.

~abv

Avocado, Mint, Cucumber Soup

Fresh Hot Pepper & Tomatillo Salsa

Fish Tacos

Plantain Rolls filled with Cheese

Roasted tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Diced Apples


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2 responses to El Tábano – Tulum, Mexico

  1. Over a year later we returned to Tulum to find a lot of changes, amongst them quality in food had gone down but prices doubled. a bit disapointing

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