Kin Toh at Azulik
Location: Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Food Type: Mayan Avant-Garde Cuisine
Dress Code: Yes (No swimwear)
$1,000+ for a “nest”
Reservations Required: No, but I highly recommend reserving a table
Special Diet Options: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Kin Toh is a stunning, luxury restaurant that serves modern Mayan food, built into the jungle canopy of Tulum, Mexico. It looks like a tree house straight out of a fairy tale, and it offers one of the best views of the jungle in all of Quintana Roo. Kin Toh, a division of Azulik resort, invited us to dine with them during our time in Tulum, and it was one of the most spectacular meals I’ve enjoyed. Robin and I were blown away by how gorgeous everything in the restaurant was, and how synergistically they integrated the restaurant into the trees around the resort.
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From the moment we stepped inside, we were transported to another world where it was just us and the jungle, and it was positively mesmerizing. All of the materials used to build the structure were gathered sustainably from the jungle around the restaurant and resort, and so everything blended seamlessly with the vegetation around us. Kin Toh doesn’t open for business until 5:30pm each evening, so we arranged to eat dinner and watch the sunset on the third day of our stay in Tulum.
Inside the restaurant there are large nest-like tables that offer an incredible panoramic view of the resort, jungle, and sunset or starry sky, which require a minimum order of $1,000 to utilize. We had asked for a table inside by a window, but what we were given was so much more! We were in a small, private room surrounded by hand-woven linen curtains, with a 270° view of the jungle around us. Next to our table was an awesome net/hammock meant for sitting in, and we had it all to ourselves. There’s something so charming and down-to-Earth about a restaurant that offers fresh, raw foods, in a setting such as this, it’s truly indescribable.
The tables, seating, and decor had a major “playing in the jungle canopy” vibe, because the large group tables were set up like bird’s nests, there were nets for hanging out lashed about (many of which didn’t have a roof overhead, ergo were perfect for star gazing once the sun went down), and the lights were either small lanterns, or bamboo pipe lights, which leant a very intimate and surreal feeling to the atmosphere.
Pictured Above: We enjoyed the Pumpkin hummus, Achlote Tuna Tacos, Seared Salmon, a Salad, and a drink each, as well as Almond Textures for dessert. Our meal came with a nice selection of breads, rolls, and pastries, accompanied by the oils, vinegars, and butters pictured above.
Our food was absolutely tremendous. It was so fresh, flavorful, and inventive, that I wish I could have photographed their entire menu. The drinks our host recommended for us were absolutely delightful as well, and their skilled mixologists could create just about any cocktail we could dream up. Our chef recommended a flavor palette he had created for us, which was elevated even more so by the excitement in the air of being somewhere so magical and romantic. It wasn’t just our bodies that were nourished, but all 5 of our senses were well cared for within Kin Toh, and I wholeheartedly recommend it for a romantic evening, a place to go with family and friends, or even a place to visit by oneself.
Kin Toh was one of the most elevated and inventive places we’ve ever dined, and I look forward to returning to Tulum someday and trying other items on the menu. Thank you so much to the Kin Toh for hosting us, we had the best evening with you!
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