Having asked the concierge for a place to go for dinner for some good authentic Mexican food, we were recommended to go to Julia Mia, where he had described this restaurant as ‘exquisite’. He had sold it so well, that I decided to make a reservation in the morning.
Julio Mia is not located in the Hotel Zone, but in Downtown, approximately a 15 minute drive from our hotel. We could not see a lot of parking nearby but there was valet parking so we just let the valet guy take care of the car while we ushered ourselves up to the restaurant where were were greet by the manager at the door.
The restaurant has a welcoming modern decor with seating both downstairs and upstairs. where I was expecting a large number of patrons dining, though there was only a good handful of people here. I was already thinking whether we had made the correct choice in coming here.
We were ushered upstairs into a booth style seating where were we given both the drinks and food menus. The waiter asks us if we wanted a drink, which I have yet to open the drinks menu. I asked him to give us a few minutes. The waiter told us to take our time. I already felt being rush as not too long afterwards he came back and asked what we would like to drink. This happened 3-4 times which started to get on my nerves a bit.
Julio Mia offers an extensive list of tequilas where our wait staff offered two of the most expensive tequilais viable in house, as they had a promotion of 2 for 1 tequilla. We decided to flag that and ordered a cheaper tequilla, which was nice, smooth but very strong.
We then proceeded to place our orders, ordering two starters and one main to share.
Amouche Bouche – Gorditas were provided. These were small bite size stuff breads, similar to what I had at El Colimda Inn earlier int he day, but thicker and more like a bread type texture than a crispy taco sandwich. These were stuffed with cabbage and shredded pork rind. To be honest, you would not know you were eating pork rind as it looks as if it was flossed pork meat.
Las Flautas – fried crunchy tortialla wraps filled with shredded duck, walnuts, orange and honey served with farm cream and ‘cottage’ cheese, sounded nice. It arrived as three skinny but long rolled enchalidas that were deep fried then topped with creamy yoghurt, shredded cabbage. I am not a huge fan of deep fried crispy tacos, tortillas etc.. since I had ordered it, I guess I had to try it. the tortially casing ws relatively thick and dry.. being long and skinny, meat it was fairly dry hence the use of the cream and cheese topping.
Fried Tacos filled with crayfish, served with black beans, chipotle mayonnaise oregano and a sprout. Similar to the fired tortilla. I could not taste any crayfish nor see any to be honest. Very disappoint din this dish as this was recommended to us by our waiter.
Lomito de Filete Estilo Ranchero tender steak with ranchero beans and poblano chile cream
Complimentary Dessert – Chocolate Fondant served in a miniature tortilla press and coconut ice cream. The dessert was quite a nice touch to the end the evening.
I think it would be the last time I would listen to the waiter here, as the two fired dishes he recommended to us was fairly average.
Location: Av Yaxchilan, Supermanzana 17, Cancun, Mexico