Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kinta Mexican Bistro

It is no surprise that one of our favorite Cozumel restaurants receives great reviews from guide books, Trip Advisor and local forums.

The setting is stylish and relaxing, with a choice between an air conditioned dining room and an comfortable patio.

The ambiance enhances the food. It is terrific. Fresh flavors, creative combinations, and attractive plating all combine for a wonderful dining experience at a reasonable price.

Count yourself lucky if the flor de kalabaza is one of the appetizers. The squash blossoms are filled with a blend of three cheeses, lightly fried in a tempura batter and paired with a roasted red pepper sauce. La olla negra (black bean soup), the fish tacos (in photos) and the panuchos are three other appetizers we have enjoyed.

Salads offer usual and unusual pairings. We've had the freska with spinach, apple, dried cranberries, gorgonzola and tamarind vinaigrette.

The catch of the day (usually grouper or mahi mahi) with a red tomatillo sauce goes well with the Alameda Sauvignon Blanc (Chile). The porky pasilla is a near perfect dish of slow-cooked pork tenderloin medallions with a chile pasilla demiglaze, fig marmalade and mashed potatoes. Yucatecan meets California comfort food? Who cares? It's really good.

We've never had room for dessert, but were tempted by the mango kobbler on our last visit. The table next to us ordered it, but the waiter said it was made with apples that night. Mangos aren't in season until February. Something to look forward to.

A good wine list with South American and South African bottles is reasonable, and wines by the glass come in nice stemware and at the proper temperature.

With food this good, service that is knowledgeable and prompt, and fair prices, it would be easy to eat here every night. I wouldn't be surprised if some people do.

Kinta Mexican Bistro
5th Ave. between 2 y 4
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Closed Monday

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