Mia Tulum Shows Off Its Vegan Side
Tulum. World known for its white sand beach, its ancient Mayan ruins, for its unique bohemian feel in every corner, for its yoga retreats, and also now known internationally for its outstanding culinary scene. From the traditional street taco stands, to high-end cuisine, Tulum has it all; breakfast by the beach, or dinner in the jungle, the gastronomy itself is a unique experience in Tulum.
Beach and palm trees with a touch of jungle feel, that is the scenery of Mía Tulum. Under one same roof, you will find a cozy and trendy beach club with pool, a pizza garden, a dreamy beach layout for music lovers and of course, an exceptional beachfront restaurant with author’s cuisine called Mia, that uses art and creativity to enhance the taste and quality of the dishes prepared.
We were recently invited for a special private tasting of their newest vegan and vegetarian menu options, and we must say: It was a DELIGHT! We were first welcomed with a special craft cocktail made by a fantastic mixologist, the tasty cocktail was made of a mix of whiskey (Black Label) and a premium Agave nectar called Señor Maguey, and it was incredibly refreshing!
After sipping these wonderful and refreshing cocktails, we were then introduced to the newest side of Mia Tulum's incredible menu: Brand new Vegan (and vegeterian) options to satisfy the growing vegan movement world wide.
We started off with Mia’s own version of a caprese salad, made from tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and the traditional basil pesto, a simple salad with a lot of flavor. (vegetarian)
We then continued on with a Mexican favorite, the Nopal salad; Nopales accompanied by cherry tomatoes, red onion and Cotija cheese with a plantain vinaigrette and fake tapioca pork rinds. (vegetarian)
A fabulous and fresh vegan ceviche was brought to us; Ceviche of grape tomatoes without skin, which have been pickled in lemon juice and yuzu sauce and are accompanied by cucumber, tatemada aubergine and avocado.
The tasty beet carpaccio is certainly a must try! Beet carpaccio, with mustard seeds, banana vinegar and caramelised pistachios, all this with the option to bathe it with a fake cream based on coconut milk and ginger.
And after all this deliciousness, we were told we were now ready for the main dishes…! Event though all the meals were either vegetarian or vegan (and of course very healthy!), we surely felt well fed and not left hungry! But we were still ready for the second service!
This was definetely a favorite at our table: The asparagus “risotto”: Slow cooked asparagus on a bed of vegetables and white wine, accompanied by cheese (vegetarian)
And finally, their famous Pumpkin "pappardelle" with pumpkin seed pesto, basil and pumpkin oil, a delight full for flavor.
To close a perfect healthy lunch, we couldn't leave without at least one guilty pleasure: a dark chocolate mousse cake, which of course was to die for!
All these delectable dishes were perfectly paired with a Casa Madero Chardonnay (one of our favorite Mexican wine makers!), only one of the hundreds and hundreds of incredible wines that Mia’s wine cave has to offer. The owner of this restaurant used to own Casa del Agua one of the first restaurants (high-end) in Playa del Carmen. As a huge wine lover himself, the owner Hans would frequently organize wine pairing dinners in the wine cellar to introduce the wines available at his restaurant but also to help create a wine community in our then little, small beachtown. The idea with Mia Tulum is to keep having these wine pairing dinners, as well as wine tastings, to keep the wine community alive and growing
It is important to note, that even though you can have a unique vegetarian and vegan experience at Mia’s, the restaurant of course offers a grand variety of it’s international cuisine composed of non-vegan and non-vegetarian options as well, such as their famous rib-eye, fish to size, and their amazing lobster tails, only to name a few.
Mía Tulum opened its doors in 2017 and since then it has been in constant evolution so that all travelers and local residents fall in love with the natural elements of the concept, its nests, the cabins and the wooden tunnel that marks the entrance to the place from the road to Boca Paila until the reception of the restaurant that has become an emblem on social networks. If you visit Tulum, make sure to add Mia in your restaurant bucket list!