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“Gimmicky yet enjoyable.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Xulam The Mayan Fisher - CLOSED

Xulam The Mayan Fisher
Av 10 # 1 esquina 3 sur Plaza Antigua | Before enter at Playacar Palace, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
984 803 35 67
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Price range: $10 - $18
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Taxi
Description: Xulam is a unique restaurant concept where you can taste the ancestral Mayan flavors of Mexico with specialties in regional cuisine, including exquisite dishes from the rest of Mexico, with an ambience of colors and sounds from the jungle. Coming to Xulam will be great atmosphere, architecture and gastronomy awesome food will make your dining experience an unforgettable trip through Mayan History. Xulam es un concepto unico en restaurantes en el que podras degustar los sabores ancestrales de Mexico con especialidades en comida regional, sin dejar fuera exquisitos platillos del resto de nuestro pais, en un ambiente donde los colores y sonidos de la jungla se hacen presentes. Venir a Xulam es toda una experiencia donde la Arquitectura, Fauna y Gastronomia se combinan para hacer de tu estancia un viaje inolvidable al pasado de nuestros Mayas
Tulum, Mexico
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“Gimmicky yet enjoyable.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I knew from the website that this place was going to be very touristy. Live parrots squawk as you come in (you are encouraged to take a picture with them) and there is an attractive young woman in traditional mayan dress making handmade tortillas smiling at you at the entrance. The fake stone architecture is very cheesy, and the inside part of the restaurant is very dark. Mosquitos are a bit of an issue.

The gimmicks go beyond the birds. The menu has a few items that are there more for commentary and shock factor than for actually enjoyment. I happen to like oaxacan crickets, escamoles (delicious and nutty ant eggs) and even mezcal worms (just the worms, no mezcal). Unfortunately the execution of much of the food is also intended for the tourists with no real knowledge of mexican cuisine. I tried their mayan appetizer platter, which was partly delicious (stuffed xcatic pepper) and partly tasteless (salbutes and panuchos) and on the whole a bit of a wash. I tried some of my friends bean soup, and it was pretty good. The guacamole we ordered was not the best.

The manager and staff were all very friendly. The service is what made me rate Xulam as highly as I have. The staff went above and beyond to be pleasing, raising no objection to our switching tables when the one we chose initially started getting a little rain on it and helping us transition. I watched another table take advantage of the valet service, and the manager even offered to keep their car parked while they explored 5th ave when they were getting ready to leave. The waiters were pleasant and for the first time in a long time I never had to look around for one in vain when I needed something. As soon as I needed something they came to me.

The touristy thing is not usually my style, but the gimmicks were well executed and the staff very friendly. I'd recommend them, especially for lunch when they aren't as busy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Olympia, Washington, United States
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“Awesome Experience, Top Notch Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Location: Located in central Playa Del Carmen, fairly easy to find off of Av. 10.
Ambiance: Excellent. Mayan-inspired decor and architecture that is a little tourist-trappy, but fun nonetheless. The restaurant is clean, comfortable and the restrooms matched. I would sit inside to avoid any pesky mosquitos.
Service: Top notch. Wait staff was friendly, fun, and brought in one of the birds for my young niece to feed. She loved it. They definitely go the extra mile to make sure your experience is worthwhile.
Food: Excellent. I had the Mole Poblano, which was as good as any I've had. The other dishes were well recieved. I'm not sure anything was extraordinary, but you'll get a great meal. I wish I could've stayed for desert.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Beware, this restaurant is located at the far end of Playa near the entrance to Playacar. The food is ok but definitely not worth travelling or walking a great distance. The starters are tasty but they are just a selection of tacos. The main courses are also tasty but but they are basically standard Mexican dishes. If you want a great selection of Mayan cuisine, there are better restaurants in Playa (eg Yauxche). The outdoor seating is shaded by large trees and you are surrounded by some colourful bird life. Overall, food is tasty but not worth going out of your way.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Must Dine Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Outrageously good food and Oh My ! what a fabulous desert. Service was great, recommendations were perfect and wine was divine.

Visited July 2013
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“BEST MAYAN in YUCATAN”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We have traveled to YUCATAN Pen., MX. For 30 years. This is the very best for Mayan/Aztec cuisine. Lots of authentic, unusual, delicious items on the menu. (See website complete info and story of the Mayan Fisherman). A dozen birds (parrots and other exotic) greet you at the entrance. The decor is replete with Mayan artifacts and sculptures; uniquely designed rest rooms (high end architecture); dramatic bar; AC indoor dining and private dining or outdoor seating available. Our waiter, IVAN, was a treasure-trove of info. Prices are moderate. Do not miss this, if you wish a real experience of Mayan culture.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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