I was searching for an excellent place for breakfast and I decided to try this place after I read some of the reviews and it happened to be steps from our hotel, the Phoenix Resort. It is a small local bakery with only 2 tables for seating which was the only drawback. Nonetheless it has the most the most delightful people running the place, Ana and Gunter, a husband and wife team. They treated us like family and he invited my kids into the kitchen to show them how to make pasta from scratch. Mathieu's has freshly made breads and pastries each day which are the best in the island. Their mango donut was divine ! Many of the top hotels in Ambegris Caye and even in Belize have them supply their breakfasts and lunches and cater events.
We returned several times for breakfast and for lunch as well. I was even more impressed by their lunch. Their specials are made with the catch of the day and I had shrimp with pasta which was light and flavorful. Although their menu is limited since it is a small place, the food was unparalled. They were extremely accomodating and even tailored some of the dishes to meet my picky kids. On one occasion Gunter offered my kids a strawberry dessert gratis which was devoured by my kids in seconds. It is not something on the menu but something I believe he had whipped up earlier in the day and offered to them. Again the dessert was simply superb - simple, fresh and not overly sweet. I only hope they will consider offering this on their menu in the future.
Even though they were extremely busy with numerous calls for orders, Ana took her time to speak to me and the kids and explain some great activities for the kids on San Pedro including a tour of a local chocolate factory which she kindly arranged for us. Gunter proceeded to take both my 5 year old son and 10 year old daughter on a tour of the upstairs where they are making a more formal restaurant and introduce them to a neighboring cockatoo. I have no doubt that this new restaurant will be quite a success given their use of fresh local ingredients, excellent cuisine, and attention to their guests. Many of the restaurants on the island and hotels could learn some valuable lessons about exemplary customer service from them. I only wish I could find a bakery such as this one here in the New York area.
I can not say enough about Mathieu's. It is well worth several visits for the food as well as the hosts. My kids continue to rave about the food and my son is particularly looking forward to return as an apprentice to Gunter when he is older. I highly recommend that you stop at Mathieu's as soon as you arrive - in addition to the food, their insights and tips on the island were invaluable and could not be matched by even the best hotel staff. Any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
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