It must have been ten years that we ate at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant, on Camp Bowie W Boulevard, a bit west of Highway 183. At that time, if I remember right, it was rather a “hole in the wall”, but the food was good: I particularly liked their selection of seafood.
As the location is quite out of the way from where I live, I hadn’t been back.
I had to do in the neighborhood and used this as a perfect excuse to go back to it. The premises are, compared to earlier times, very much spruced up: the outside a bit colorful, tacky but alright; the dining room very pleasing, in dark wooden tones.
And they still have a nice selection of seafood.
I came at lunch time. The restaurant was packed with patrons. I didn’t choose from the lunch menu (no seafood on the lunch menu) but from the regular one.
I went straight to the seafood menu (eight different selections [!] out of which two were seafood tacos) and settled for El Marinero: a grilled white fish filet, three grilled shrimp, salad, rice and a cup of fish soup.
I couldn’t have made a better choice: the spices on the grilled fish and shrimp were just right (except on one shrimp where the cook overdid himself); the fish was so tender it almost melted on your tongue; the shrimp was a little bit overcooked but still good. The fish soup was in a class of its own, just excellent. Five stars + for the grilled fish and the fish soup. Salad was standard, and so was the rice.
Wait for the food was about 25 minutes – this tells me it’s made from scratch (well, maybe not the soup) – but it was worthwhile.
Of course, Cancun has also a great selection of classical Mexican food: fajitas, carne asada, enchiladas, parrilladas, tamales, chiles rellenos, etc. Many of these also appear on the lunch menu.
The chips were good, not outstanding. The dipping sauce had a nice afterkick but for my taste was a bit too thin and too bland.
Service was attentive. Prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the food; without drinks (and taxes), the bill was $12.99. By the way, their website has a menu, but prices are not listed in it.
Overall, a very enjoyable, satisfying experience.
There is a terrace in front of the building (access from the dining room) enclosed on three sides with a low wall; one also can be served there. May not be a good choice because of all the noise of the traffic on Camp Bowie.
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