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Old 05-17-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Xulam (The Mayan Fisherman) - new restaurant

A new restaurant called XULAM (The Mayan Fisherman) has just opened up at the very southern end of 10th Ave...on the corner to the turnoff to the Playacar Palace, opposite the carpark at Paseo del Carmen.

This place seems to be in a bit of a deadzone, and previous tenants have not lasted long because of this....likely because the only tourists that probably notice it are those walking in from Playacar, but don't stop because they havn't reached 5th yet, so unless you know its there, you wouldn't otherwise see it.

We were given a tour....The new renos have taken 9 months to complete, and I have to say are quite unbelievable. The new owners have obviously put a lot of thought and $ into it! It is VERY COOL inside - quite rustic, yet modern with a jungly sort of feel to it, and everywhere outside on the patio, there are different types of parrots that squauk away. They are put away when the sun goes down tho so they can go to sleep! These parrots have been acclimatizing (or whatever birds do) since Dec/Jan during construction. We peeked in back in January to see what the noise was about!

There are a couple of more private rooms to accommodate small groups. 1 probably seats 8-10, has a beautiful glass table incorporated into a driftwoody sort of trunk - private patio. Another room could be for a larger group or business meeting/birthday party and even has a pulldown media screen hidden amongst the furnishings. There are also some cozier, comfy seating areas if you just want to go for a drink.

The food theme is regional mexican cuisine....so you can get typical dishes from different areas...Mayan, Veracruz etc. (sorry forgot to take pics of menu and dishes!)

I think their aim is to be mid-highend as they certainly are trying to do that with the service (constant change of plates, cleaning off the table between courses etc). However, they have only been open for 3 wks, and still need to work on some communication between servers - growing pains really.

There were 3 of us, and the delicious sounding variety of dishes was hard to choose from, so we decided to do sharesies style.

Appy's:
Shrimp ceviche with mango salsa (you can build your own ceviches....choose what seafood/fish and what salsa from the list)....yummy.
Seafood soup - bit bland in our opinion.

Main:
Ticin-Xic (achiote fish in banana leaves) - needed the lime juice
Grandes camerones stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon - yummy.
Shrimp and fresh pineapple brochetta with oriental sauce - yummy

No room for dessert!
Our neighbouring table were 2 ladies who live in Playa fulltime and they were back for their favourite salad with goat cheese and cranberries!

So what did we think? The ambiance is great - they have put a lot of effort into it and its the best I'v seen that spot be.
The food was good, but I think for the place to succeed it needs to be amazing - to get people to walk all the way there. Service needs some fine tuning - but that will probably come - they certainly seem v eager to please. Prices are not outrageous, but not cheap either.

We will be back to try some different dishes....as its so close to our place, we can just stumble home

So, if anyone is feeling adventurous - would love to hear what you think.
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My teenage daughter and I ate here on our trip a few weeks ago - and really enjoyed it. As you said, they come very close to high end customer service. It kind of took me by surprise because their prices weren't really high at all, yet they put our napkins in our lap, cleared plates constantly, etc. We had a new waitress in training, and she did well. I would agree that they are trying to focus hard on service, and did a nice job, everything was very prompt and we never had to hunt for someone if we needed something.

Our food was really good as well. Unfortunately, like BigFish, this is the only meal we didn't remember to take pictures of. But I remember that I got really good guidance from the waitstaff, asking if we really liked spicey food, etc, and they did a good job explaining the menu items. My daughter had a shrimp dish with lots of rice which she loved. I also had a shrimp dish with garlic - sorry can't think of the name! Huge selection of items to choose from so I think anyone could find something yummy here.

We will definitely eat here again. It is quite easy for us as we are in Playacar, we'll just eat on the way home at night. The birds were really fun, too.

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Some of us stopped in there last month.
I love that place. Great menu, good prices and it's a beautiful place.
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Sounds great. Can't wait to try it. Would love to see some pics if anyone goes again and can post them. Thanks for the recommendation.
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looking forward to finding this place
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This corner?

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Yup thats the corner....right next to Plaza Antigua.
At night it looks really pretty with purple lights, the parrots are cool....last night one went astray and got stuck up the tree so they were climbing up with the ladder.
I really hope they survive as they have put so much effort into it. We walk past every day and feel bad we can't stop in everytime.....trouble is, anyone perusing 5th will never venture that far to find it. Only folks walking in from Playacar see it. For everyone else, they'd have to make the effort to find it.

I made a spelling error in the initial post. ...
Should be XULAM.
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I took some pics the other night. Not so good, but still.


Chips and a chipotle (I think) dip.




I tried to order a stuffed cheese thing, but they were out of the cheese So i took cochinita pibil instead. Served with bean paste, salsa and tortillas.


Quesadillas with some pepper and muchroom. Looked very tasty.


Purple colors.

It was all-in-all a very good meal and also fairly cheap. Thumbs up!
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Thanks for sharing the pics, Dalle.
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we went last night. i would never have known about it or seen it without this thread. the food was good. and it was more crowded than i expected it to be, which is good for the restaurant. my only complaint is the tables are pretty close together inside the restaurant. so one of the busboys knocked into my husband's elbow as he was eating and the food went flying. but other than that, it was pretty good. i will go back... thanks for the heads up everyone!
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Wow, just saw this thread for the first time- we walk by here all the time when in Playa... it was most recently a sports bar, wasn't it? We will have to try it next trip.
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Xulam | Mayan Fisherman Pictures

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thanks great pics...will have to try and find it...the web site is underconstruction

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