OLIVIA

Av. Matamoros
Isla Mujeres - El Centro
Mexico

Open for Dinner
Tuesday thru Saturday
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There is the occasional meal where I wish I had chosen something other than grease stains to demonstrate my pleasure.  For Olivia consider the grease stains to represent drops of fine virgin olive oil rather than the oozings of a cheese steak hoagie.

Wow.  Not what one expects to find on a small island in Mexico - sophisticated Mediterranean cooking as good as I have tasted anywhere.

Started with Labane - a cross between yogurt and cream cheese.  Convinced them to serve it with green greek olives - yielding one of my favorite flavor combinations.

Moved on to Chicken and Olives - two thigh and drumstick quarters braised in red wine, tomatoes and green olives. Seved with couscous.

For dessert, an intriguing baklava - traditional but with a flavor I didn't recognize, perhaps citrus.

One of my best meals on Isla.

February 2009

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