Los Cabos, Mexico has many great things to explore, but something that certainly tops the list is the delicious food, especially the culinary creations that can be found at the romantic Montage resort.
If you are spending a weekend at the Montage resort, here are our suggestions of where to eat to complete your experience.
Day 1: Modern Mexican
On checking into the Montage resort in Los Cabos, visitors can be sure they are in for a well-rounded culinary experience. Once you arrive in your room, the trend of excellent service begins, as a tray of assemble-your-own guacamole is brought to you with eclectic topping options such as crickets — which are surprisingly good. Authentic Mexican wine and crispy tortilla chips are also offered.
Dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant, Mezcal, is a must. This meal was certainly my favorite, as talented chef Odin Rocha puts his own creative and modern spins on Mexican favorites.
I was greeted with the vegetarian tasting, and it was heavenly. Food kept on coming out, dish after dish, as the cool air breezed by filled with the enchanting live music. If the chef is offering a tasting menu during your visit, I highly recommend it, as this allows you to experience Mezcal from start to dessert. This tasting menu is described by chef Rocha as “a journey through the best of Mexico’s food markets.” His menu is an homage to the local specialties found in each of these regions and celebrates the heritage of Mexico’s culinary bounty.
Inspired by the Xochimilco Market, one of the largest flower markets in the world, Chef Rocha presents creations such as a delicious floral salad to start. Another highlight of the tasting menu was the after-dinner coffee (carajillo) presented in a golden box which opened in a cloud of smoke. There was similar attention to detail in the presentation of the bread and butter, which was topped with Chilean ash. Every new item brought out was an adventure. While the taste was of the highest quality, the visual followed suit, including the dessert chocolate ball on top of a pillow.
Mezcal’s menu has something for everyone, with choices including the tasting menu, the classic dinner menu and a vegan menu. Options for dinner which stand out include the Eggplant Grilled on Charcoal from the vegan menu and the Duck Breast complete with a Mexican mole.
This unique restaurant also offers exciting weekly events such as a tequila tasting, agave experience, Mexican wine tasting, cocktail making and a cooking class.
Day 2: A Signature Taste of the Sea
Another of the resort’s on-site restaurants is Marea, which has breathtaking views of the Santa Maria Bay.
This al fresco dining experience is the perfect spot for lunch in-between exciting Los Cabos excursions. At Marea, signature flavors reimagine a menu of Mediterranean-inspired favorites, carefully sourced ingredients and some of the local Baja Peninsula’s finest fresh seafood.
Marea has breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, but they also have a swim-up bar and delicious poolside treats. If you are joining Marea for lunch, there are plenty of options from their raw bar, brick oven pizzas, farm fresh salads, tacos, and impressive entrees such as wood-grilled prawns. They also have a vegan menu of which the Papas Bravas is a satisfying option consisting of eggplant puree, wild mushrooms, braised kale and red pepper sauce.
Once your action or relaxation-packed day in Los Cabos comes to an end, turn to the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains to find Flora Farms for an unforgettable dinner. This 25-acre organic working farm has different shops, cottages, a spa and more, but the jewel of the farm is the Flora’s Field Kitchen.
Live music and fun, colorful decor surrounds you as you indulge in a healthy meal created with the farm’s fresh ingredients. Choices include their unique renditions of wood-fired pizzas, seasonal menus, the meat market menu and of course, specialty cocktails.
For your meal at the famous Flora Farms, I would recommend the Lavender Martini with the House Made Burrata to start. This appetizer includes marinated tomatoes and arugula atop fresh and crispy sourdough. For a main course, the Eggplant Lasagnette is a satisfying and tasty option filled with a vegan ricotta and spiced tomato sauce.
Flora Farms is a delicious and scenic option for any meal. If you would rather stay on the resort for all your dining though, the third resort restaurant, Talay, brings a distinct, contemporary style to Thailand’s casual and inspired food truck culture with tropical surroundings, fire-grilled favorites and cocktails inspired by the country’s one-of-a-kind flavors.
Day 3: Traditional Mexican Treats and Souvenirs
If you want to grab breakfast at the resort before saying goodbye to Los Cabos, head to Paletas, the coffee and gift shop located just beneath the main lobby.
Paletas is an all-day café and marketplace serving local delicacies, house-made baked goods and pastries, fresh sandwiches and gelato, and the signature Mexican frozen treats called paletas in an array of popular flavors. Wake up to a menu of signature coffee drinks before heading out, and be sure to grab one of their locally crafted gifts to always remember your time at the Montage.
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Cover photo courtesy Montage Los Cabos
Gracie Watt is an Editorial Assistant and contributing writer at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a senior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, studying Journalism. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work. @graciethatgirl