The argument can be made that Lolo Lorena is one of the best restaurants on Isla Mujeres. It is certainly the most interesting. Serving a limited number of people (maximum of sixteen) with a set menu that changes nightly is nothing new, but when you add the eclectic setting, the ability to bring your own wine without a corkage fee, and the high quality of the food, this is the place for serious eaters.

Lolo, the chef/owner who is French, has lived on Isla for twenty years. Her kitchen, dining areas and rooms for rent are a blend of French farmhouse and Moroccan gardens. The use of colors, the interesting furniture and the small touches of new age meets Mayan chic will keep you exploring between courses.

We had called about a reservation for our only free night on Isla and she told us she was booked. Fifteen minutes she called back and said she actually had a private dinner and would cook dinner for the two of us if we would dine at 9:00. Who could say no?

We introduced ourselves, took a brief tour, then hung out in the kitchen while she prepared our appetizer and ran through what she was going to cook for us.

It was quite a menu: sauteed asparagus with grana padano and proscuitto, followed by a salad that was similar to a Thai green papaya salad, then shrimp with a hollandaise sauce, followed by seared beef tenderloin with a truffle peppercorn sauce and dauphinoise potatoes. Then the dessert plate came for each of us, although there was a birthday candle on Jennifer’s. A rich chocolate mousse, a candied grape on a stick, strawberry dipped in chocolate, caramelized slice of pineapple and more (I ate it too fast to remember all of it).

The food was excellent, the portions were perfect and the atmosphere was relaxing. The five-course meal was $35 USD per person and credit cards are not accepted.

Don’t miss Lolo Lorena on your next trip to Isla Mujeres, but call ahead. I wouldn’t count on having our good luck by calling on short notice. It would be a shame to miss this terrific dining experience – we loved it.

You can contact her through her Facebook page, or call her at: 998-139-2310

She is located south of town on Rueda Medina, across from the Yamaha dealer.