La Habichuela – Centro, Cancun

La Habichuela (bean) is a Mayan themed restaurant in Cancun center. The restaurant’s outdoor garden area had plant life, wrought iron seating, Mayan sculptures and live jazz.

Initially, there was a recording of jazz standards and for some time I thought my ear was tricking me as if there was a saxophone playing. After a few measure, the musician unveiled himself. My favorite jazz standard rendition was his version of Misty.

Softened butter and bread and pan de aqua

Smooth and flavorful Black bean soup with a side of tortilla chips

The ceviche, classic fisherman’s fresh mixed seafood cocktail, had bits of avocado, calamari, shrimp and fish. It was fresh and a very generous serving.

After our starters, our waiter kept  checking if we wanted any alcoholic beverages. Initially water was fine, however it was clear he was putting the pressure on to increase our total ticket. We caved in and ordered a glass of refreshing Superior beer and a mango smoothie.

This was the piece de resistance of the meal. I would go back to La Habicheula for this dish alone. The special of the day was Amarynth crusted fish with mango sauce and various fresh fruits. The sweetness of the fruit sauces was refreshing and the texture of the amarynth was unlike anything I have ever eaten. It was a truly special dish.I loved the fish so much, however I was already full from our starters. Our waiter was again persistent asking if we wanted to order a dessert or Mayan coffee. La Habichuela claims created since their opening in 1977, made with Xtabentun Brandy, ice cream and ground cinnamon.

The restaurant serves many desserts flambe and if I was not full, I would have ordered the Crêpes Suchard, stuffed crêpes with bananas and Grand Marnier and chocolate sauce.

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