One of the best things about living in the Riviera Maya is its diverse array of international cuisine.
While we live in Mexico and bask in its vibrant flavors and complex gastronomic heritage, we also like to sample other gastronomic cultures from the comfort of our very own plate. The rich soil of the Riviera Maya produces fruits and vegetables that are easily adaptable to recipes in other tropical cultures found in Thailand and Polynesia.
Thai restaurants such as Po Thai and Mae Thai in Playa del Carmen and Mezzanine in Tulum have sprung up in the Riviera Maya. Now, Tiny Tiki Hut in Playa del Carmen adds a new dimension to the plethora of exotic flavors already found in the Riviera Maya.
We recently went to the Tiny Tiki Hut to get a taste of Polynesia for ourselves. Here’s what we found.
From the moment you pass through the palapa-framed doorway of the Tini Tiki Hut in Playa del Carmen, you’re greeted by the friendly staff and a well-conceived décor. Soft light bulbs spell out Tiki nestled in faux greenery on the back wall. A Tiki-themed mural features Polynesian masks against the pale-yellow wall.
You’re seated and immediately struck by the menu. While Tiki bars are known for boozy concoctions with umbrellas in them – and those are here – the beautifully-presented food is the real star.
The Ahi Poke Stack is a sure-fire favorite. It is a classic, Hawaiian dish of fresh, raw tuna seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and spices. Chunks of mouth-watering mango with avocado weaved in are topped with slightly-crispy, salty, dried bananas on top, which add a little extra crunch. Vegan options of the poke are also available.
Another signature dish is the Curried Chicken Spring Rolls. These are cut into bite-sized pieces and arrive with julienned carrots, zucchini, and onions as a garnish. Served room-temperature, these little bites have just the right amount of curry flavor.
If you’d like to branch out from the small plates, there’s also fried rice with bits of pork and a shimmering fried egg on top. Plus, there’s ramen. If you’re a fan of Vietnamese Pho, you will enjoy the Tiki Hut’s rendition of ramen. Choose from chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp with noodles, veggies, and a hard-boiled egg all nestled in a rich broth.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Tiki Bar without Tiki Drinks.
There’s a well-curated selection of fruity options, with names like Banana Republic, Shipwreck, and Shark Tooth served in classic tiki tumblers with the faces of Polynesian Gods.
The Tiny Tiki Hut is located at Avenida 20 between Calle 6 and Calle 4 in Playa del Carmen. The pricing is fair, and the specials are even better such as Taco Tuesday – $60 pesos for three tacos or Ramen Friday where you can enjoy a big bowl of ramen for only $50 pesos.
Hungry for more dining options in Playa del Carmen? Contact Paulina, our concierge, who can help you sort through the wide variety of restaurants in Playa del Carmen and make reservations for your next night out in the Riviera Maya.
Cover and Tiki image courtesy of Tiny Tiki Hut.