Sunday, December 27, 2009
My honey had eaten at La Habichuela (String bean) several times in the past during visits to Cancun and wanted to take me there if it still existed. Not only does it still exist but in my honey's words, it was exactly the same as he had remembered it. Lovely establishment, great food and top notch wait staff.
As noted on their website, La Habichuela has been legend in Cancun since 1977, when Armando Pezzotti opened the restaurant in what was once his home. Today, La Habichuela is celebrated worldwide. Our romantic sculpture garden, filled with aromatic plants and native trees, creates the magical illusion of Mayan ruins under starlight. Year after year, we greet old friends again and again. We use only the best ingredients, just as in our own home, and we prepare and serve our dishes with the same love and warmth.
We took a quick taxi ride to the restaurant and were immediately greeted by their welcoming staff.
Lovely inside with lots of glass, sculptures, and wood and rich with the smells of marvelous dishes to choose from.
A pretty hostess confirmed our reservation and handsome wait staff greeted us as we were led through the inside dining room into the garden area. It was magical. Tiny white lights hung from trees, pretty wrought iron chairs surrounded tables of all sizes, magnificent Mayan sculptures around us, soft warm breeze floated through the air, pretty red hibiscus above us and all under a warm evening sky. Magic.
These shrimp were huge, almost 6 inches in length and an inch wide. Cooked to perfection with a lovely mushroom sauce and a hint of fresh ginger.
Stuffed calamari in a delectable sauce. My honey's only words were: WOW!
We followed our meal with Mayan Coffee. This is fun to watch as the server worked fire from heated saucers.
Mayan Coffee laced with crystallized sugar and orange.
This fabulous creation is a miniature Mayan Pyramid right down to the last detail. Easy to break into, it is filled with Amaretto laced cream.