The Best Brunch in Tulum at El Pez
As expats living and housesitting in the Yucatan (but gulf side) we decided to take a weekend break and head to the Caribbean Coast of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. This side of Mexico is simply gorgeous, beautiful turquoise Caribbean blue beaches, plenty of things to do, see, eat and watch. From the Rio Secreto a sacred Mayan underground river to swimming in cenotes or checking out the eco-lodges in Tulum the Caribbean side of the Yucatan is simply beautiful.
We were driving around Tulum on a Sunday morning, smelling the god-awful sargasso and attempting to figure out where to have lunch and we stumbled across the El Pez Restaurant in Tulum, offering a Sunday brunch. We thought what the hell let’s give it a go. The restaurant and hotel are spectacular, perched a little above a very private beach cove the views were stunning. The beach was covered in seaweed and you could see huge patches of it in the water but the smell had gone down a lot by this time.
El Pez Restaurant
The restaurant was very reminiscent of a New England style casual dining place. Wooden floors, lovely old heavy wood furniture, loungers and comfy nooks everywhere. The table as you entered was set with juice, fruit and cereals. There was a great singer accompanied by a guitarist in the corner. The waiters were attentive and tried really hard to speak English as we attempted to use our Spanish.
Alan ordered Oysters Rockefeller, 12 of them stuffed to the gills they were huge, glorious and fresh from the ocean and he enjoyed every single mouthful. They were a staggering $18 Cdn for 12 of the biggest, freshest oysters we have ever seen. These beautiful oysters had been pulled fresh from the waters near El Pez Tulum that very morning. They were at least 6 inches across and according to Alan superbly tender.
Fresh Oysters Rockefeller at El Pez in Tulum
I had the most amazing Eggs Benedict, beautifully presented with micro greens, roasted tomatoes, smoked marlin and two of the most perfectly cooked poached eggs. Sublime.
On top of the wonderful food, delicious mint and cucumber drinks that were incredibly refreshing, perfect for a hot and humid day. El Pez Tulum has an incredible selection of smoothies and housemade refrescos that include items such as wheat grass, ginger, and other herbs and spices.
Tulum is a beautiful area to spend some time in with its gorgeous cenotes, Coba ruins and incredible beaches and hotels. If you want to learn more check out Tour de Lusts great Ultimate Travel Guide to Tulum it has some great tips for visiting Tulum.
Only a short drive from Playa del Carmen Tulum is a lovely place to stay it has a laid-back hippie kind of vibe. Apparently, though a lot of celebrities live in the area so it is now getting a bit pricey to stay in Tulum. We recommend booking a hotel in Playa and then taking a day trip to Tulum or renting a car and driving around the area. Check out the Wyndham Maya Hotel in Playa and while you are in the area don’t miss the Rio Secreto it is a superb tour.
Here are some amazing photographs featuring the El Pez Hotel, check them out if you are ever in Tulum with a big budget. El Pez was recently voted one of Tulum’s top restaurants by The Playa Times.
The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is a fascinating place to visit from the Caribbean ocean side to the gulf side or as they are calling it now The Emerald Coast there is something for everyone. If you get a chance to venture over to the gulf side or are interesting in actually moving to Mexico here are some articles you may find interesting.