Each month Yucatan Today visits a restaurant in order to describe what it has to offer. This is not a review; it is a summary of the menu, service, ambience, prices, and opening hours.

May, 2011

If a small, cozy restaurant appeals to you, where the owners cook and supervise the kitchen and serve the customers, then Habaneros is a must. One-of-a-kind and not part of any chain, the personal commitment to quality sets this restaurant apart.

The menu is a blend of classic Yucatecan cuisine and the gastronomy of other parts of Mexico, using only the freshest of ingredients and traditional recipes. So if you are longing for either red or white pozole, this is your chance!

The restaurant consists of an inviting indoor space plus a few tables on the terraza, for a total of 30 seats. This intimate size ensures that you will receive personal service and that each plate is prepared to order. The spotlessly clean interior is appealing, with colorful art on the walls depicting Mexican daily life, wood tables, and wood chairs with bright green cushions. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent array of beers and a choice of wines by the bottle or glass. Background music will put you in the mood…including Mexican love songs from Jalisco, the Trio Los Panchos, and other traditional music from all over Mexico. The overall feeling when you take a seat at Habaneros is that you have been invited into a friend’s comfortable home.

The restaurant hours, 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week, allow you to decide between breakfast, lunch, or early dinner. The breakfast menu includes the unique dish from Motul, Yucatán, known as huevos motuleños; red chilaquiles; and molletes topped with not only beans and cheese but shredded beef as well. Prices from 45 pesos to 65 pesos.

There are two Yucatecan soups to choose from: sopa de lima and crema de chaya, both freshly made in-house each day. Both are 60 pesos.

Appetizers include various Yucatecan specialties including panuchos (shredded roasted turkey served over handmade tortillas which are filled with refried beans and then fried; garnished with pickled red onion, lettuce, tomato, and avocado). Prices from 50 pesos to 75 pesos.

Yucatecan main courses include turkey, pork, steak, and chicken dishes, with two delicious house specialties: lechón ahumado (pork marinated in sour orange and spices and then slowly smoked in its juices) as well as the tasty Monday staple in Yucatecan kitchens; frijol con puerco (black beans and pork loin cooked in a flavorful broth, accompanied by rice, hot fresh tortillas, and all the trimmings). Prices range from 65 pesos to 100 pesos.

The menu from other regions of Mexico is growing. Now Habaneros offers mushroom soup with Oaxaca cheese, chilpachole (a type of seafood soup), Jalisco style pancita (tripe), red or white pozole (pork and hominy soup), birria (mutton soup), and chicharrón (pork rind) with salsa verde. Prices range from 55 pesos to 75 pesos.

Desserts include all the classic Yucatecan specialties, plus the amazing creation of Chef Enrique Romero: Fondant Habaneros, a chocolate cake with a creamy chocolate center, flavored with Xtabentun liqueur and essence of chile habanero, bathed in a sweet and sour orange sauce. Prices range from 45 pesos to 60 pesos.

Across from Siglo XXI
Calle 20A x 5B, Col. Xcumpich
Tel. 195 6157

If a small, cozy restaurant appeals to you, where the owners cook and supervise the kitchen and serve the customers, then Habaneros is a must.

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