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“Great place a bit out of beautiful Merida's downtown.”
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Ranked #2 of 817 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $70
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Food & Wine Magazine - 100 Restaurants in the world worth a pilgrimage 2013 Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2013 - No. 1 New Restaurant in Mexico Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2014 - Nominated to Best tasting menu in Mexico Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2014 - Nominated to Best art of plating Forum Gastronomic Barcelona 2014 - Invited to talk about "Yucatan gastronomy" In only three years, Eduardo Rukos and Chef Pedro Evia have developed a gastronomic sanctuary in the city of Merida using local mexican ingredients mixed with modern cuisine technology in the search for a new Mexican food style.
Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is a very nice place for those adventuring out of centro and wishing to see more of a city that looks like more 90 percent of Latin American modernized towns. No historic cultural interest here but lots of adventure in terms of the food, which seems like a Yucatecan modern fusion inspired in the exercises Spanish El Buli. Yes, lots of surreal experimentation in their dishes, big use of hidrogen, syringes, lab destilation equipment, etc. In the end, despite the artifice, the flavors are superb and worth trying. It is a great idea for those tired of traditional Yucatecan food as the guys here try new combinations, and presentations otherwise impossible to get in Merida's restaurant scene.
The prices are expensive but for all the work put in the making of dishes, I would say it is fair. Ambiance is not great and a bit bizarre: bare walls attempting a lost minimalism combined with some red rooms in the style of many Barcelona places but with the Mexican concrete fountain dripping water in a patio. Makes you wonder if you are in a kind of dystopic inter-space hacienda of some kind. Service is good and be prepared that the entire staff wants to address you in English. So, if you are taking the language lessons and learning to order in Spanish, warn the waiters on you purpose.

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

In a city where a first class meal in a beautiful setting costs less than $100.00 a couple with wine, the price tag here is high. However, Ku'uk needs to be measured against world class restaurants internationally. Presentation is excellent, the tour if the kitchen and herb garden is interesting, and the food the most incredible I have experienced. The evening I was there, the restaurant was far from full. This may have been the reason sommelier service was lacking. Although I was invited into the wine cellar to make a selection, the server was unable to locate the wine I asked for, and when he did make a recommendation, that wine was out of stock. If I were to do it again, I would order a sauvignon blanc or other crisp dry white that would not cover the marvellous flavours of the food.

Ku'uk is open for dinner at 7:30. As the custom in the Yucatan is to have the main meal at lunch, they are open at the lunch hour as well.

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1  Thank neamster1
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went to this restaurant in December on our trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. This restaurant is relatively new, somewhat unknown to the locals, and a little outside the main touristy area. Consequently it was kind of natural to be skeptical... as my wife was.

But we are very glad we did. This restaurant combines traditional mayan cuisine with very modern techniques (like molecular gastronomy, fancypants ovens, and all that jazz.) And the food was very good. One'd pay upwards of $200 for the same kind of food in cities like NYC and SF... but in Merida we paid one third of that.

As an added plus (and a big plus!), the service and hospitality was one of the best we've had. The hotel owner entertained us graciously; accommodated fantastically my wife's vegetarian requests (created a full 10 course vegetarian meal!); gave us a tour of their kitchen and their garden (all of their vegetables are grown in their backyard); showed as their food lab (yes they have a lab setup for gastronomical experiments); and at the end gifted us their rather fabulous cookbook as a wedding present. It is rare to have a good chat with a restaurant owner and discuss their passion for food.

If you ever go to Merida, you have to, have to, have to go here!

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

This restaurant is nice. The menu was very complicated and the food was ok. Nothing to write home to mom about. I'm an avid restaurant goer and follow TripAdvisor's top restaurants regularly. How this got to number 1 when I went is beyond me.

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4  Thank Rfiedler
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Without the pomp (or the price tag) of some other American bastions of molecular gastronomy and prix fixe menus, Ku'uk gives guests a lovely, exciting night studded with one high-quality, creative dish and wine pairing after another. Our small group had an incredibly enjoyable meal preceded by excellent mezcal cocktails. The post-dinner tour of the restaurant, kitchen, chef's table, kitchen garden and "investigations" room with centrifuges and vacuum machines nailed the cake. Fun times for food nerds!

And our non foodie friend, who would have none of that wacky prix-fixe business, loved his perfectly seared steak a la carte. The radish ice cream, however, he could have done without. ;-)

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2  Thank TBroomCAE
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