Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Orik

Ka'an

Recommended Posts

I thought I wrote about it, and maybe I did and I just can't find the thread.

 

I believe Ka'an started out as part of Grupo Santanera - an operator of pretty good restaurants and clubs in the area. It seems like Santanera were trying to ride on the now widely imitated Hartwood schtick (no electricity, wood burning, going to the Valladolid  market, etc.), but that they happened to have tapped chef Hugo Duran who was actually very, very serious about ancestral cooking.

 

Then the BPM massacre happened, Santanera operations folded, or were taken over by someone else you don't want to know about, and Ka'an was left to its own devices, operating out of a lot proudly sporting a "clausurado" sign by the municipality, 2 miles into the Sian Ka'an reserve that you have to travel at around 2mph, with an online reservation system that takes reservations when the place is closed (taking that road twice was not fun, I can tell you), but...

 

The food is unlike anything you've had. Clever use of fermentation and acidity (not as easy as in New Nordistan), local ingredients, and a true sense that this is what things would have tasted like before modern cooking oils, beef, etc. The beachfront setting doesn't hurt either. 

 

Highly recommended (but note this isn't a major SP style production, even if the tableware is nice)

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

p.s. halfway through the meal, three people run out of the water, quite scared. "Sharks", they say. Waiter asks them for a description... "oh, those are just nurse sharks, they come here for the warm water, they're harmless.". Bathers sigh with relief. "It's the Cazones over on that part you need to worry about. They have terrible stings...". Walks back to the kitchen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...