Restaurant Review: The Litibu Grill
Let’s all go to the Litibu Grill!
Often the simple things in life are the best! It’s the perfectly-seared piece of fresh-from-the-ocean tuna, expertly grilled and served with a tangy, subtly-spiced salsa. This is a memory that will stay with you when you are back at home in the depths of a Chicago (or wherever you may live) winter.
My dear friend Alfonso Estrada seems to have mastered the art of simplicity when it comes to combining food and an oceanfront experience. A laid-back kind of guy who oozes good karma, he seems to have infused his own brand of hospitality with his positive vibe.
The simple gateway to the ocean beyond, the new Litibu Grill is itself a masterpiece in simplicity: the large grill and accommodating bar, lazy places to swing in hammocks and sip on a frosty margarita, a cool lounge to hang out with friends and soak up the sunset and of course, the restaurant itself with signature dishes from its sister restaurant, The Ocean Grill.
Not unlike the Ocean Grill, the Litibu Grill is also located in a slightly oﬀ-the-beaten-track location which adds to the allure and makes it the perfect spot for those on a Mexican vacation adventure and those of us who love the peace and tranquility of beautiful Litibu Beach
The restaurant can be reached by car or on horseback. A drive through the village of Higuera Blanca, a left turn to the ocean, down a bumpy road and you have arrived.
Alternatively, you can saddle up at Vista Paradiso Ranch, ride through Higuera Blanca village, work up a thirst whilst trekking on the pristine jungle trail, then down to the ocean, and… presto! Find the perfect hitching post in the shade for your trusty steed. Let him quench his thirst whilst you whet your whistle with a perfectly-chilled chela (a small bottle of Mexican beer – these make the perfect companion to a day on the beach as they aren’t big enough to ever get warm!)
The freshest of fish, ribs, great cuts of meat, oversized plates of perfectly grilled vegetables, salads and, of course – a beach food staple – the salty, crispy french fries. The menu is simple but, no matter what you order, it is always good and accompanied by a salsa or two of your choosing.
My hands-down favourite dish is the Grilled Octopus, which has to be the most tender I have eaten anywhere in the world. The Litibu Grill version is a wonderful mix of Mexican mild flavours cleverly paired with black olives….sort of a tapenade, Mexican-style. This salty, tangy, crispy, tender combo never fails to make us smile!
Slated to open in October, the Litibu Grill will be open daily from 11am – 11pm. It will have a snack service until 1pm, then a full menu served until 9pm. By reservation only.
All are welcome.
Bon vivant, gastronome and all-around great guy – Miguel Neves de Carvalho brings you the best of what Punta Mita and the surrounding area have to offer. His passions include polo, horse riding, rugby, cigars and most recently … golf.
Miguel lives in Punta Mita with his youngest son, his fiancée, Lisa, and his two dogs “Tanqueray” and “Tonica”.
He started Punta Mita-Rentals in 2012.
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