I recently brought you Chamico’s in Tulum, and now I’m going to unleash all my favorite foodie experiences on you! Below are a couple of my top picks for what to snack on when in Tulum and Akumal Bay, Mexico.
Lolha Restaurant and Snack Bar
Carretera Puerto Juarez Tulum Akumal Km. 104, Akumal, 77737 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
+52 984 875 9012 (no website)
Lolha is located right on the beach, next to resorts and has chairs you can rent on the sand; I’m sure people assume this is a “tourist trap.” And that’s such an unfair assumption. Yes, it’s always packed and has a rushed feel which is tough for people want to relax, but I had great food here. We came here twice, once for lunch and once to rent beach chairs from them and chill. Then, of course, lunch followed the beach lounging.
The first dish I had here was the Guajillo Octopus, which was octopus sautéed with guajillo chile and garlic over a bed of rice. Sliced avocado and lime come on the side. The octopus was tender, and the spices with it were perfect. The dish also was a perfect portion and didn’t leave me with any feelings of guilt.
On our next visit, I decided to take a more chill approach to my meal and try the Agua Verde, which is a cold mix of shrimp, cucumbers, red onions and avocado with a cilantro based sauce; it was perfectly refreshing!
I couldn’t say no to a slice of flan, which was custardy perfection.
This is a perfect “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” kind of place. You’re right on the beach with fantastic food. There’s literally zero downsides.
Oscar & Lalo
Carretera Federal #307, Playa del Carmen – Tulum, Km. 241 Tulum, Qroo. C.P. 77780
Another highlight for me was having my first legit Tres Leches cake in Mexico. It was a goal of mine to find this amazing cake while I was in town.
I fell in love with Tres Leches when I was working at a Mexican restaurant in NorCal, but, without disclosing the name of the restaurant, they had it all wrong.
Oscar & Lalo’s Tres Leches has the perfect sponginess and isn’t soggy, like what I used to think tasted really good. The frosting is also not too sweet; it’s more just buttery. The food and drinks here are amazing but because this changed my perception on what I thought of Tres Leches cake, so it’s a well-deserved a shout-out.
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