- Cancun, MEX -
A few months ago, Matias and I decided to book a weekend trip to Cancún, Mexico. Neither of us had ever been, and we were really excited to have the opportunity to experience a new place and get a little rest and relaxation from our hectic schedule. In an effort to optimize our time off, we took an overnight flight to get to Cancún in the morning and booked a hotel room in the Zona Hotelera of Cancún. We decided to stay there after reading reviews promoting beach front hotels, security, and close proximity to a variety of restaurants. At the end of our first day in Cancún, we were extremely tired - so when it came time to eat dinner, we decided to eat somewhere very close to our hotel. After a quick search on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor… and any other review site you can imagine, we ended up going to Chuchito Perez.
Now, full disclaimer here: if you’re looking for a restaurant in a relaxing, quiet area of Cancún - this might not be your first choice as the restaurant is located right next to the major nightclubs on Boulevard Kukulcán and the actual restaurant seating is in an outdoor terrace overlooking all of the hustle and bustle of partygoers and club promoters. Chuchito Perez has a lively ambience; with a mix of salsa, bachata and reggaeton playing in the background, festive lighting, and a low-key Cancún club vibe. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive to whatever you need. And for those of you who don’t speak Spanish, by the way - the staff is bilingual, so you don’t have to worry there. The restaurant isn’t entirely vegan but it offered a full page in the menu with vegetarian items which the staff was kind enough to modify to make into vegan items. (i.e. sin queso o crema).
We started with a couple of Red Rubies (a passionfruit flavored old fashioned)- which, fun fact - if you buy one you get one free! After ordering the drinks, we decided to order the Tacos Rojos Dorado de Papa (Red Golden Potato Tacos). I had never heard of potato tacos before but they were so good! The tacos are filled with seasoned creamy potatoes and served in crunchy red tortilla shells with a side of lime, shredded iceberg lettuce, and slices of avocado. So simple, and so delicious. After that, I ordered the Hamburguesa Portobello, which is a burger with lettuce, tomato, and white onions, served with a large grilled portobello as the meat substitute and a side of fries. Honestly, the tacos outshined the hamburger by far. If you’re really hungry, I would recommend getting two orders of the tacos. Or you could always try a combination of the other veggie options like the pizza (without feta) or mushroom cocktail.
And since they were buy-one-get-one free, we ended up ordering another set of drinks - this time, a couple of flavored mojitos - one coconut and one Jamaica (hibiscus). Both were delicious! In case you’re wondering why we ordered so much food (and drinks) - (1) we were tired, hungry, and on vacation!; and (2) the food averaged under $25 per person and drinks were buy one get one free! So - when in Cancún - if you find that any of that applies to you, I highly recommend Chuchito Perez!
*Restaurant terrace overview photo sourced from Yelp.com