My wife, our 25 year old son, his girlfriend and I just spent two nights on Holbox. Like many we went to see the whale sharks. The whale sharks are unforgettable, but I can honestly say that Milpa is as well.
We have been very fortunate in life and have been to half of the Michelin 3 star restaurants in the US and several throughout Europe. If Milpa was in a city where Michelin rates I am confident it would receive at least one star. For this to be the case in a remote area like Holbox is the greatest restaurant surprise of my life.
Fortunately, we asked our hotelier for the best restaurant in Holbox and without hesitation he suggested Milpa. When I asked what type of food it serves his response was perfect. "Art. Its just art. You have to go to understand."
I made my way down at 4pm on a Saturday and made a reservation, which was smart because both nights we ate there we saw more than a handful of guests turned away. Our first night, Saturday, we were astonished. The menu is small, but ambitious and creative. Every dish was thought out. The presentation spectacular. The taste to die for. I'm not going to get into the specific dishes but if you go, make sure one person orders the "infusion" appetizer. You will see why. If Alinea knew about it they would add it to their mix immediately.
And here is the real kicker. After two drinks each, appetizers, and a full entree each, our total bill, with tip was $120!! Of course we came back the next night and each added a desert this time and the total was $140!! Foodies know this is about 35% of the cost for one person at many Michelin restaurants in the US.
Go to Holbox for the whale sharks, but if you do nothing else, go to Milpa. Art. Its just art. You have to go to understand!
PS----I'm a pescatarian. My wife is a vegetarian. There were plenty of choices for the two of us.
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