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There’s a new restaurant on Isla Mujeres!

Husband and wife team, Erik Juarez from Izla Mujeres and Jackie LaQuerre from Regina Saskatchewan, met each other while vacationing in Spain. Now they manage and are part owners of the restaurant Fenix located at Hotel Na Balam.

The Fenix Restaurant offers a selection of mouth-watering Tapas and you’ll want to try them all. So bring some friends, order a selection of these small plates, pair with an icy martini or beer, and enjoy the view.

Chef Jordon hails from Spain and several menu items showcase Spanish cuisine. My favorites were the Panko Breaded Grouper Skewers (Brochetas de mero al panko) and the Octopus on Potato (Pulpo en la papa). And my husband loved the Teriyaki Skirt Steak Skewers and Spanish Sausage. He couldn’t get enough Teriyaki fix.

Some other Tapas and dinner dishes include Spanish Garlic Prawns (Camarones al ajillo), Caprese Salad (Ensalada caprice), Cornish Hen with Coconut Curry (Curry amarillo Cornish Hen de coco), and Lamb Ragout (Cordero ragout).

At 40 to 55 pesos for Tapas, these small plates are a great and delicious light meal.

Panko breaded grouper with a hint of curry served with mango chutney

Octopus served on potato

Octopus served on pita crisps

Teriyaki Skirt Steak Skewers (Brochatas de arrachera teriyaki)

Fried grouper skewers with a hint of curry

Spanish sausage with onion in a red wine sauce (Chistorra al vino tinto)

Key Lime Pie Martini

Key lime pie in a drink, wicked.

Golden Margarita Martini

So refreshing, but watch out, it’s loaded.

On Saturdays evenings order some food and drinks, sit back, and listen to live music. We had the wonderful pleasure of listening to the Latin guitar music of Volando Rumba. Our favorite piece – Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

The Fenix Restaurant is open from 11 am to 11 pm and sometimes later on Saturdays.

Location: Location: Hotel  Na Balam on playa norte across from Avalon Reef Hotel

For more restaurant info, visit their website at: http://fenixisla.com/