One night at Papaya Playa Project we decided to head out for a special date night. I have a tradition that no matter where we are, there should be one very special date night in each location. I’d heard so much about Posada Margherita and it’s Italian cuisine that when it came to choosing our date night, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.
I first heard of Posada Margherita on Jen Laceda’s Instagram (if you’re not following her yet, trust me you need to!) and couldn’t resist the simple yet elegant restaurant which serves beach side pasta. It might sound a little strange to go all the way to Mexico to have Italian food but, honestly, this place is out of this world.
“Have you been here before?” “Oh no, we’ve just arrived in Mexico” “No problem – we haven’t changed the menu in 17 years!”
I’m always glad to know I haven’t missed a trick or a menu change!
But let’s take a step back… We hopped out of our taxi and saw a cute little entrance, which without the sign you could possibly walk by and miss. The little succulent plants, the mini cacti and the rustic vibe welcome you as you walk down the windy path that takes you from the road to the magical beachside restaurant.
Live for today. Practice peace. Love. Eat pasta. Now – if you ask me that’s the way to live your life!
Posada Margherita is so much more than just a restaurant, it’s a hotel, a very cute boutique and it’s got something I can’t quite put my finger on.
It might be that Tulum vibe which I completely fell for, or it might just be this restaurant. ‘Cause you feel special from the moment you walk in. Which if you ask me, is just what you want for a date night.
From little cabins, garden houses, weather beaten fences and fairy lights everywhere, it’s just about the cutest restaurant I’ve ever been to.
After ordering a bottle of rosé to toast our night, we turned to the menu as we enjoyed the last of the evening light ad we enjoyed our little private beach table.
With a view of the sea, and the waves and the occasional crab running across the beach! I loved the each beach bed was it’s own little hut, it’s own special little place.
And so was our table! We had the choice of a table for two at the front of the beach or this cute little hut-table. I’m fairly sure I made the right choice…!
It’s very much an informal affair at Posada Margherita; the waiter will pull up a chair as he explains the menu to you, and will tell you each and every ingredient in every dish on the menu. It almost feels like you’re having dinner with an old friend, even though you’ve just met this restaurant half an hour ago.
If you ask me, that’s something to toast to!
After we had ordered and the sun had started to set, our waiter topped up our wine and brought over these incredible breads!
Tomatoes, red onion, oregano, thyme on foccacia, served with a little parmesan and cauliflower. I almost felt we were deep in Italy somewhere rather than thousands of miles away in Mexico! Each bite was light, bursting full of flavour and entirely moreish… As determined as I was to enjoy my main course, I couldn’t leave a single bite of bread…
After the sun set, our mains arrived and the smiling waiter set my pasta al gamberi e zucchini in front of me. Perfectly cooked homemade pasta, with freshly caught prawns, tomatoes and courgette. It sounds simple and it really is, but it was just perfect.
I could happily have eaten it again. And again. And again.
Andy ordered the gamberoni alla griglia, or prawns with the most heavenly cooked tomatoes, little crisp slices of toast and a side salad. I couldn’t quite believe just how incredible they were
After finishing our mains, and deciding that we were oh so full, we wandered back down the winding path, past the boutique and the little summer houses…
And back into the night.
I don’t think any trip to Tulum would be complete without dinner at Posada Margherita, so make sure you book a table before you go!