La Luna Seaside Grill in Isla Mujeres

In preparation for our upcoming trip to the Yucatan, never having been to Isla Mujeres, I figured I’d check out the lay of the land on Google’s Street View. What an amazing tool. After toodling around awhile, I came across this unique and intriguing façade. At first I thought it was somebody’s really cool beach house.

After arriving in Isla, I met up with my friends and we went on a walkabout seeking some dinner. Within five or so minutes we hit an intersection. I looked off to my right and there it was.

Turns out that unique building is La Luna Seaside Grill. It’s run by a couple of restaurateurs from Hamilton, Ontario.

Aside from it being an absolutely visually stunning room, it is, obviously, Canadian-run. That means any big hockey game is on in their bar.

I’d been hoping to catch the World Junior Championship game but knew I’d be arriving late. We got there with about two minutes to go in the game. Canada was behind 4-3. All I got to see was the nail in our coffin. Russia 5 Canada 3. Poo.

Their were about twenty crestfallen Canadians in the room. Pretty much the quietest bar you could imagine.

The depression didn’t last long.

A decent local beer, a terrific margarita and an expensive shot of Don Julio did the trick. At 90 pesos an ounce, that’s a 600% mark-up. Yikes! Oh, well. What’s a vacation without being ripped off once or twice?

In a place like this, with great music and terrific ambiance, being jacked for a few extra pesos matters not. The live Cuban salsa, cranked way up, makes one happy right to the soul.

Some good food makes it all complete.

The Tortilla Crusted Calamari Rings are so well prepared…fried to perfection. Big chunks of squid are drizzled with a nice, tart “tartar” sauce and cilantro oil. Chewy, still tender and very crunchy.

Best calamari in a long, long while.

The Lobster & Shrimp Quesadillas were good…well made and tasty. Not sure I’d go with mozzarella though, considering the variety of excellent cheeses that are around. Perhaps a panela or a simple queso blanco…a bit more local flavour.

The heavily cilantro-infused Salsa Bandera didn’t hurt these at all. Although the lobster and shrimp got lost amongst the abundance of other ingredients, these quesadilla, along with the salsa and crema, were outstanding.

As this was our first stop in Isla Mujeres, I’ve not much to compare it with. All I know is that there’s great music, major ambiance and real good food here at La Luna. Well worth those few extra pesos.


4 responses

  1. Great post, Karl! It’s endearing that the ‘R’ is crooked on their sign… and even more endearing that fellow Canadians from Hamilton, Ontario of all places opened a Mexican restaurant… I would be expecting some trademark good ol’ Canadian ingredients in their food like maple syrup or smoked salmon…

    February 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    • Karl

      Thanks, Munchkie! I never thought about a Canadian angle on Mexican food. It could be interesting, fusion-wise. Smoked salmon tacos, perhaps?

      February 6, 2011 at 12:51 am

  2. chunkmb

    Sadly, they are now closed…………………………

    June 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    • Karl

      That is sad news. Glad I got to experience it. Hopefully something with the same vibe will replace it.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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