48 hours of Thai cuisine at hacienda pop-up

A pop-up restaurant at Hacienda Xcanatún brings a taste of Thailand to the Mérida resort. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.
  • A pop-up restaurant at Hacienda Xcanatun brings a taste of Thailand to the Mérida resort. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

This weekend, Merida’s Hacienda Xcanatun is featuring a Thai cuisine pop-up hosted by Saffron, an award-winning restaurant in Mayakoba, on the shores of the Riviera Maya. 

At a preview event for the pop-up, Chef Khun Rita — who is from Phuket, Thailand — and her team delivered a magnificent array of classic Thai dishes with a contemporary twist. Among the highlights of the night were the Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup) and the quintessential Pad Thai (Thai-style Fried Noodles). 

Chef Khun Rita has only been in Mexico for a few months but expresses eagerness to prove herself in this demanding market and make Saffron by Banyan Tree the best Thai restaurant in Latin America. 

Originally from Spain, Banyan Tree Executive Chef Alfonso de la Dehesa spent several years working in Phuket honing his skills before bringing the flavors of Thailand to the Yucatán Peninsula. 

Saffron’s pop-up at Xcanatun will only last through Sunday. Reservations can be made at 999-930-2140.

The event is to be held in Xcanatun’s restaurant, Casa de Piedra, which is in full compliance with state health regulations designed to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.