Mahaché – Restaurant, Bar, and Art Gallery, Isla Mujeres 2020

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When we took our seat at Mahaché and started to peruse the menu, it was obvious we where in for a delicious evening.  The six appetizers, four salads, and fourteen main selections are beautiful described and had us finding it hard to narrow it down. I was pleased to see two appealing options for the vegan diner. Something not so easy to find on Isla. The rest of the menu focuses on fish and seafood but also has chicken, beef, and pork offerings. 

We chose to dine alfresco at one of the two outdoor tables to watch island life go by and enjoy the cool breezes. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this beautifully appointed restaurant also features works of local artists and live music around 8:00 each evening. 

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Our cocktails of a pisco sour and sangria were simple and nicely presented.

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We were brought an amuse bouche of hummus and chips, which was a nice alternative to the usual pico. 

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We started with the octopus carpaccio. Typically served in paper thin lengths of meat, the limited octopus on hand caused the chef to be creative and instead thinly slice little circles of the tentacles. We had no idea that this was not the way it was intended as it was tender and tasty and made for a visually stunning presentation. The sesame oil and pink pepper provided a toasty, warm sensation on your palette. Just a hint of citrus and garlic created a delicate balance so that you could still taste the meat itself. 

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For our mains we chose the Mahaché shrimp which were wrapped in bacon and grilled, served in a mushroom cream sauce. Packed with flavour, they were accompanied by coconut rice and perfectly al dente broccoli, carrot, and zucchini which offset the richness of the shrimp.

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Our second entree was the pollo Oaxaca. Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and Oaxaca cheese was topped with a generous amount of delicious passion fruit sauce. Served with wedges of fried potato and the same combinations of perfectly cooked fresh vegetables.  

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Mario, co-owner and transplant from Veracruz has spent the past 10 years on Isla working in the restaurant business. His previous venture, Mi Latte Chocolate, has been a favourite coffee and pastry kiosk on Vicente Guerrero for a few years. We were disappointed to see it was closed this year, but delighted to find out we could still get the same delicious offerings just a few buildings down at Mahaché. 

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I would highly recommend Mahaché for its creative twist on the fresh ingredients available on Isla Mujeres. The atmosphere is lovely, the staff engaging, and overall a really nice dinning experience. 

Kath’s quote: “Cheese has always been a food that both sophisticated and simple humans love.”-M.F.K. Fisher

Thank you Sister # 3 who penned this piece.

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Love never fails.

 

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3 Comments to

“Mahaché – Restaurant, Bar, and Art Gallery, Isla Mujeres 2020”

  1. Avatar March 18th, 2020 at 11:47 am Amy Says:

    My husband and I have only stopped in for drinks. This is making me want to go back tonight. The shrimp wrapped in bacon with the mushroom cream sauce is so unique and looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Avatar March 18th, 2020 at 12:02 pm Kathryne Says:

    Please do pay them a visit. If you do, tell them that the feature that Kathryne wrote and posted for them, made you visit.


  3. Avatar May 20th, 2020 at 7:26 am Isla Mujeres 2020 Trip Report- Day 21 - Food Musings | Winnipeg food blog Says:

    […] that evening Sister #3 and I dined at Mahache-another delightful […]


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