Tulum, Day 3
We walked through an area with small tents which I assume people rent for the night. Then we got to the cenote. Certainly not what we expected but the woman who ran the place gave us some snorkeling goggles and we jumped in. I didn’t see a fish but the water was nice and at least we could laugh about the activity at dinner.
Dinner tonight was at Hartwood. This particular restaurant was just written up in the NYTimes a few weeks ago. Ex-NY chef opened up his own place around mid-December. Previously he cooked at Peasant and Vinegar Hill. He told us that he came down about a year ago, bought the land and built his own place himself. Very cool life change.
The setting is beautiful. Big outdoor wood burning oven. I particularly loved the huge table where food is plated and the boxes of fresh vegetables stacked in front. Visually he did an incredible job.
It would be helpful if he hired a few more people to help him. This was actually a conservation we heard at yoga the next day too. His wife is working the bar, tending to the seating and everything else so a drink order takes quite a while.
Just like everything else in Tulum at night, the lights are quite dim. Seeing your food was a challenge. We each had a salad to start. I went with the lentil salad. A nice combo of flavors. The beet salad was also quite good. Each salad had 5 different ingredients going on and were each really well done.
I went with the whole fish. Sliced fennel, a variety of different vegetables and some interesting fruits that are from Mexico. The fish sits over the top. Hard to eat a whole fish when you can’t see it. Totally disappointed on the fish. A really flaky tasteless fish is not what the dish calls out for. A whole grilled fish needs to have some meat like a sea bass. I barely ate mine.
A few people had the pork ribs with cole slaw. The ribs had been roasted for hours and were really tasty and just fell off the bone. The cole slaw had a nice kick and good flavors. The osso bucco, I know not the smartest thing to put on a menu in heat, was interesting but not great. The best things were the side dishes; eggplant, sweet potatoes and beet greens.
Home to bed. As I said earlier, you don’t come to Tulum for the food, you come to unwind.