Restaurant of the Month: Kaynicte Restaurant in Hotel Los Aluxes
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.
Your visit to Mérida wouldn't be complete without indulging yourself in a breakfast buffet at Hotel Los Aluxes. Mérida families love to socialize at the traditional buffet in hotels and restaurants in this city, and Los Aluxes is one of the best. Priced at only 120 pesos, the buffet is available every day from 7 am to 12 noon.
Before you begin to contemplate the buffet, relax over a coffee or fresh juice and look around. You will see birthdays being celebrated, family reunions, groups of friends catching up, and visitors to Mérida who know where to get the best brunch in town.
Your very attentive waiter will bring a basket of baked delights, including muffins and croissants, but the one thing you must not miss is the "bolitas de queso." These are freshly baked pastries, flaky on the outside, coated with a bit of sugar, and filled with a soft, creamy cheese, also a bit sweet…they will melt in your mouth.
But as tempting as it will be to eat several of these, be careful! The buffet awaits you.
Every buffet offers a selection of salads and fresh fruits, but at Los Aluxes they always include local fruits when in season, such as pitahaya, mamey, and zapote, along with sweet papaya, ruby red grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and bananas. There is also an array of juices to choose from.
After you have refreshed yourself with some healthy, fresh fruits, you can go back and see what is cooking in the hot foods area. A chef is on hand to prepare eggs and omelettes any way you like, on the grill at one end of the buffet, so you can watch him work. And of course, you can take a plate and contemplate the array of Yucatecan and international dishes.
If you like pork, both lechón and cochinita are available. There are also both red and green chilaquiles; the green are prepared with chicken. There are several chicken dishes, all different…and all delicious. Scrambled eggs with ham, as well as sausages, are traditional options, and plantains and refried beans are offered as accompaniments.
But that's not all, there is still a dessert table! Flan, cakes, and fruits in syrup are tempting…if you still have room! If you plan to come to Los Aluxes for the buffet late in the morning, you will be able to skip lunch!
Los Aluxes is also known for special menus at holiday times, and is popular on Mother's Day and Father's Day. And for Mexican Independence Day celebrations, they have a very special Mexican dinner menu: Hass salad with chipotle and cheese; potato and chorizo salad; and nopal cactus salad with egg, as well as traditional guacamole. There is a fruit cocktail with X'Tabentun liqueur. And there will be a variety of fajitas, turkey in mole sauce, chiles rellenos, and frijoles charros. Desserts will include rice with milk, camote fruit, and queso napolitano. Don't miss it!
Hotel Los Aluxes
Calle 60 x 49, Centro.
Tel. 924 2199.