In the heart of the La Gloria neighborhood on Isla Mujeres is a stylish, refined restaurant called Limón that offers a very exciting menu. The owner, Sergio, used to have an establishment on La Playa Norte (North Beach), amid the hustle and bustle of "downtown" Isla. At this location, on Calle Lizeta, he offers a quiet refuge with a lovely dining room, as well as a relaxing outdoor courtyard patio that in the evening with its subtle lighting is quite romantic.
The menu is extensive. There were so many wonderful selections that we were already planning our next visit before we finished our meal. And the presentation of the food on the plate was quite artful. We ordered the tuna tartare which came in an elegant piece of stemware that resembled a martini glass on steroids. The dish was accented with a sauce of soy and cilantro. We then tried the mussels au gratin with a Roquefort cheese hollandaise sauce. Then we moved on to Sergio's hibiscus tacos filled with hibiscus sauteed with onion and cilantro and served with a tasty dark, sweet Mexican mole sauce drizzled on the top of the tacos (my mouth starts to water just writing that). Everything was full of flavor and beautifully served.
Here are some other dishes that are going to pull us back sooner rather than later. Shrimp sauteed in spicy sauce with rice and vegetables, glazed pork tenderloin, chicken satay with peanut sauce, spice shrimp with tequila, beef carpaccio with caper dressing and seared tuna wraps of finely sliced tuna marinated in sesame vinaigrette and cooked in lime with soy sauce and cilantro.
The menu goes on and on, and there are extensive offerings for vegetarians as well. And finally there is Sergio. A wonderful host. Since it is off season here now, it was a slow night, and we were there much earlier than most locals eat. So we got to spend some time with him. He made us feel like we were at a friend's house, a friend that just happened to be an outstanding chef and restauranteur. If you find yourself on Isla and do indeed visit Limón, you may find yourself planning your next visit before you leave the building like we did.