This ode to native food is Playa’s most intriguing restaurant, with a menu full of unpronounceable Maya dishes redolent with achiote, pumpkin seeds, sour orange, and xcatic peppers. Some hew to ancient cooking techniques handed down through the owner’s family, while others have been updated: Euxiquia, a creamy soup of red peppers and stir-fried potatoes; Xochitl-Nicte, a salad with edible flowers and grilled papaya; Pibxcatic, a Maya version of the chile relleno stuffed with your choice of cochinita pibil, cheese and herbs, or cheese with tropical fruit and mint. Fresh seafood is one of Yaxché’s strengths, and there’s even a Maya version of fajitas. The restaurant added breakfast service in 2014.
- Christine Delsol