4/4 (Sat)--Buccanos at Night
After a very long day of travel, we had a 6:30 pm reservation at Buccanos. They only do dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and I had been told that you have to make reservations in order to get a spot there. We are/were staying right at the edge of the main town so we had to take a cab there.
When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly hostess who is from America. She sat us, gave us menus, explained how they do things (one of the chefs would be out to tell us about the specials), and described the two cocktail specials that they were offering.
Our waiter then came bearing some kind of smoking thing for under the table and a bottle of OFF bug spray to keep on the table. Bugs were an issue that night. He took our drink orders and left us to peruse the menu. http://www.buccanos.com/menu.htm We had the coconut mojito, the pineapple-ginger mojito, and the special chipotle raspberry martini. The mojitos were good but there was waaaaay too much mint in them. It was like trying to drink a salad.
The female chef came out to tell us about the specials and we then placed our order with the waiter. We had the shrimp/crab bomb bomb special and fried calamari appetizers. The calamari was wonderful but the shrimp/crab bombs were a total bomb and way overpriced at $15 for just 2 small ones.
For dinner, my husband ordered the coffee-adobo rubbed "catch of the day" (wahoo) which he loved. Our friend ordered a fish special with roasted vegetables over pasta and she ate every last bite of it. I had the Buccanos fish and chips and couldn't believe how wonderfully crispy the batter was while the fish was still so tender and moist.
The food is really great and different at this place. It is pricier than most places but we thought it was reasonable for a one-time splurge during our week-long vacation. Also, the setting right on the water with torches burning, under palm trees, next to the lit swimming pool is amazing. We've been to Cozumel several times but the three of us were half in shock at how beautiful the whole place was.
Unfortunately, there is some recent controversy about where some of the sand came from and that it could have been stolen from an important sea turtle nesting site. http://www.cozumelinsider.com/news (Club Cozumel Caribe is another name for Buccanos as far as I can tell. They had a huge sign there on the beach with that name) That would make me think twice about dining there again but that is just me any my crazy ecological mind.
Environmental issues aside, Buccanos at Night is definitely a change of pace from any of the restaurants that we've tried on Cozumel.