Well, today was my first day in Tulum, and after a few grueling* production meetings we all went out for dinner. Instead of just hitting the buffet at the resort, our production team brought us to a hidden gem down the road: Hartwood.
I don’t know the specifics, but the story goes that a talented young chef from New York packed it all in to open a restaurant of his own down here in Mexico. Thank goodness he did.
Not only is the food wonderful but the restaurant the most unique I’ve eaten at. It’s entirely outdoors; the kitchen is covered, but that’s about it. I don’t think that the traditional wood burning stove would enjoy a torrential downpour but the spattering of rain couldn’t deter us from eating there. The menu changes up daily, offering fresh, local ingredients served up rustically but full of love and flavour.
My dinner consisted of: Beet salad. Pam fried grouper. Mushroom tart. Chocolate pudding for dessert. Oh, and a Habernero Pineapple Margarita.
Yeah, this place is alllllllright.
*as grueling as meeting at the hotel bar can be
[Update] I know know the specifics, via Bon Appetit