El Pez Restaurant for lunch on Tulum Playa

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Outside dining area El Pez Restaurant

The El Pez Hotel and Restaurant part of the Colibri Boutique Hotel Group lies about a mile south of the intersection of the main road from Tulum to the beach and on the beach side of the road.  I decided to have lunch at the El Pez restaurant because several years ago when I was thinking about buying a condo in Tulum, the realtor took me to El Pez for a delightful smoothie and I remembered the decor of the place on my trip to Tulum Playa yesterday.

The restaurant is contained in a large Palapa.  I had to look up the word and it is a Spanish word derived from a Tagalong word which means “petiol” or hut made of Palm leaves.  It is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of Palm leaves.  The open sides and high ceilings make it perfect for the hot, humid weather such as along Tulum Playa. You will see some photos of the Palapa!

The service from my main server Jesus was excellent and he spoke very good English.  The menu of drinks is extensive but I decided to start out with a smoothie since I remembered that smoothie from the past so well. There were several smoothies to select from and I decided on a “green” one with delicious ingredients served in a mason jar.  The menu of food was quite varied and included a variety of introductory courses such as oysters, shrimp cocktail etc. and a large variety of main courses from which I chose fried, battered shrimp tacos and Mexican “Superior” Cerveza to go along with it.  You will see from the photos the beautiful plate of three corn tortillas with the fried shrimp and covered with shredded vegetables and salsa.

I have to say that these were the most delicious fried shrimp that I have ever tasted!  They were succulent, no dried and tough like so much fried shrimp in the USA and just bursting with flavor and enough chile in the salsa to give them a perfect kick of heat for a gringo like me.  I haven’t enjoyed lunch so much in a long time and the shrimp tacos and beer made a perfect combination.

El Pez is not cheap!  My lunch including a tip of 20% was $23 USD.  For restaurants in Tulum that is pretty expensive but considering the ambiance, the service and the quality of the food, I felt that it was a good value.  With the breeze from the nearby Caribbean Sea and the open design of the Palapa, the temperature inside was very comfortable without air conditioning and the view looking out to the adjacent beach just added to the perfection of the whole El Pez experience.  If you are in Tulum and you are looking for a delightful place to eat, I highly recommend El Pez!

The El Pez Hotel and Restaurant part of the Colibri Boutique Hotel Group lies about a mile south of the intersection of the main road from Tulum to the beach and on the beach side of the road.  I decided to have lunch at the El Pez restaurant because several years ago when I was thinking about buying a condo in Tulum, the realtor took me to El Pez for a delightful smoothie and I remembered the decor of the place on my trip to Tulum Playa yesterday.

The restaurant is contained in a large Palapa.  I had to look up the word and it is a Spanish word derived from a Tagalong word which means “petiol” or hut made of Palm leaves.  It is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of Palm leaves.  The open sides and high ceilings make it perfect for the hot, humid weather such as along Tulum Playa. You will see some photos of the Palapa!

The service from my main server Jesus was excellent and he spoke very good English.  The menu of drinks is extensive but I decided to start out with a smoothie since I remembered that smoothie from the past so well. There were several smoothies to select from and I decided on a “green” one with delicious ingredients served in a mason jar.  The menu of food was quite varied and included a variety of introductory courses such as oysters, shrimp cocktail etc. and a large variety of main courses from which I chose fried, battered shrimp tacos and Mexican “Superior” Cerveza to go along with it.  You will see from the photos the beautiful plate of three corn tortillas with the fried shrimp and covered with shredded vegetables and salsa.

I have to say that these were the most delicious fried shrimp that I have ever tasted!  They were succulent, no dried and tough like so much fried shrimp in the USA and just bursting with flavor and enough chile in the salsa to give them a perfect kick of heat for a gringo like me.  I haven’t enjoyed lunch so much in a long time and the shrimp tacos and beer made a perfect combination.

El Pez is not cheap!  My lunch including a tip of 20% was $23 USD.  For restaurants in Tulum that is pretty expensive but considering the ambiance, the service and the quality of the food, I felt that it was a good value.  With the breeze from the nearby Caribbean Sea and the open design of the Palapa, the temperature inside was very comfortable without air conditioning and the view looking out to the adjacent beach just added to the perfection of the whole El Pez experience.  If you are in Tulum and you are looking for a delightful place to eat, I highly recommend El Pez!

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Dr. Ron
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