- Cancun, MEX -
During our weekend trip to Cancun, I noticed that most of the vegan restaurants were relatively far from our hotel. We were staying in the Zona Hotelera, but almost every vegan or vegetarian restaurant I found on Yelp and TripAdvisor was located in the downtown area. But, after taking a quick walk outside of the hotel Matias and I found Restaurante Le’Natura. Surprisingly enough, the restaurant was situated right next to a hostel along the main avenue, Boulevard Kukulcán, a few blocks away from our hotel. Clearly it had slipped through the cracks of my Yelp search - which by the way - I should mention, names the restaurant as Natura Cafe, and not Restaurante Le’Natura. I’m not sure why, but just a head’s up in case you want to check out other reviews!
The ambience of the restaurant is very relaxing. The outdoor seating area is partially covered and filled with plants. Occasionally you’ll be joined by a wild bird or two. If outdoor seating is too exposed for your comfort, have no fear - the restaurant also offers indoor seating as well. However, I should note that birds do fly in every now and then due to the completely open restaurant windows. The open concept creates a cozy, tropical ambience that is especially suited for a city like Cancun. One of the highlights of the indoor dining area is a lifelike tree that stands in the middle of the room with signs mentioning the house Kombucha hanging on its trunk. Aesthetics aside, the staff are incredibly nice and helpful, especially if you have any dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences. The kitchen is not that large at all, so the food might take a while to get to your table, but that only speaks to the quality of the dishes that are being prepared by the individuals preparing the food.
In fact, I was genuinely surprised with the variety of food offered at the restaurant. First, Matias and I ordered some freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. Lucky for us - the juices came in giant glasses! Shortly after, we ordered a citrus salad with fresh leafy greens and locally sourced grapefruit. Generally speaking, salads aren’t enough for me so I decided to order the Burrito Vegetariano. This wasn’t the only thing available for vegans; in fact, there are plenty of vegan options. But sometimes you just crave a burrito, right? The burrito came in a toasted flour tortilla with soyrizo, rice, beans, tomatoes, and avocado. Before we left, we ordered the vegan carrot cake and it was by far one of the best vegan desserts I have ever had. The cake was moist and topped with a perfect layer of ‘cream cheese’ frosting. The simple ingredients in both the burrito and carrot cake made for an amazing meal that I certainly won’t forget. I truly wish that I would have know about Restaurante Le’Natura sooner!