Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Dining with Dick and Jane at Caribou

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Restaurante Caribou is the new kid in town. Located north of Centro on Prolongnación Montejo, it is owned and operated by a Canadian couple, Patrick & Natalia, who have created a winner.

The restaurant is open-air, with a simple, casual decor. We were there on a breezy Merida evening and were very comfortable in the al fresco environment.

We were greeted as soon as we arrived by our handsome young waiter, Josue, and given our choice of tables. It wasn’t busy, so we were able to select the best table in the house, right next to the sidewalk with a fan blowing just over our heads. Within minutes we had ordered drinks and were examining the extensive and very interesting menu.

We had questions about the food and the restaurant for Josue and he was wellequipped and eager to answer whatever we asked. He made recommendations, took our order and served us dinner with just the right level of efficiency and friendliness.

However, he speaks only Spanish, so our language skills, though far from fluent, were necessary, although other staff with English skills are available to help in a pinch. Jane, being a vegetarian, had been concerned that Caribou was going to be a carnivore’s delight without any recourse for someone who doesn’t indulge in meat.

Happily, there was a good selection of vegetarian plates, including the delicious fried stuffed mushrooms and the pear salad that we ordered. Both were served on long, narrow plates, almost like sushi, unusual and attractive.

Dick ordered what is called Filet Mignon on the menu and we assumed that it would be beef. That IS the official definition of filet mignon. The dish description, however, referred to “res,” which, from what we can decipher, could be any number of four-footed beasts, domesticated or not. So, it was a little confusing. However, it turned out to be pork tenderloin and was cooked to perfection.

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He found the brown maple sauce a little sweet for his taste but, when Jane sneaked a tiny morsel, just to be able to have input into this review, mind you, she found it tasty and tender. The broiled bacon wrapped asparagus was crisp on the outside and fresh on the inside.

The accompanying salad that came with this entrée struck Dick as unconventional for his taste, finding the greens bitter and the dressing tart. However it appears that the culinary effort here was to balance out the sweetness of the maple sauce.

Both Wilbur, the bartender, who speaks some English and Patrick, the owner, who will oblige you in English, French or Spanish, even a little Portuguese, if necessary, came to the table to chat with us. Everyone was friendly and eager to please.

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For our Canadian readers out there, Caribou will certainly be a slice of heaven and a taste of home. And for others who are not familiar with Canadian cuisine, it will be a delicious introduction to some unique dishes that differ from typical American or European fare.

We came away at the end of a very satisfying meal prepared to recommend this new eatery to Merida’s diners and we’ll definitely go back ourselves to sample some of the other goodies on the menu. 14-05 12

Location: take Prolongacion Montejo North of Superama about 4 blocks and Caribou is on your right (east side of PM) on the near corner of Calle 5 (prolongacion montejo Col Emiliano Zapata Norte (por 35) – 97129 Mérida, Yucatan.
Phone: 999 944 0295
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RestauranteCaribou/1481770332041617
Hours: 7pm to 3am
Credit Cards Accepted: V/MC will be accepted by mid June according to Natalia
Pricing: $$ *

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* Pricing is based upon per person estimates for a typical multi course meal $=<$10, $$=$10-20,
$$$=$20-$30, $$$$=>$40 (USD)

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  1. Jan says:

    The reviewer stated that Caribou is NORTH of Superama, but it is, indeed SOUTH of Superama.

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