LOLO LORENA

Avenue Rueda Medina
Isla Mujeres
(998) 139-2310

Dinner By Reservation
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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's kitchen.

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 in Isla.

February, 2012

 

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