Dinner at Lolo Lorena is
a totally unique experience for Isla Mujeres or most any
place else. A few evenings a week Lolo opens her home to
maybe 10 to 15 guests for dinner and, at least for my
visit, a show. Dinner served at communal tables,
under the stars, in a private ourdoor courtyard behind
Lolo is chef and hostess, darting between
kitchen and dining room, welcoming everyone, explaining
each course and entralling all with tales of Isla,
cooking and most anything else.
Lolo is from Belgium. Her cuisine starts
with classic French cooking and some French dishes.
Doesn't stop there. She shops locally where she can.
Dishes depend on what is fresh at the markets and what
she feels like cooking.
We started with a scallop amuse followed
by Thai prawn salad. Thne classic French onion soup.
Next a choice of main courses - this evening either
seafood casoulet or chorizo and seafood stew.
Desserts are spectacular. Yes, the
plural, desserts. A plate of seven tastes of
desserts for each dinner - all whipped up by Lolo
Afterwards, a dramatic floor show just
for us. A duo of Mexcan fire dancers who happened
to be passing through Isla Mujeres. Lolo turned
down the lights, turned up the music and we diners oohed
and awed as the fire dances put on a great show.
A bit of sadness. A reservation for
a large party didn't show and didn't call to cancel.
Bad news for such a small restaurant. But Lolo was
prepared, "Bring out the teddy bear." A giant teddy bear
joined un in the place of the inconsiderate no shows.
Dinner ran $35 (USD) plus gratuity. A
bargain in the US, on the high side but worth every peso