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Japanese Is King in Cancun, But Visitors Can Find Chinese, Thai, Too



Vacationing in Mexico doesn’t mean you'll want to eat Mexican food at every meal or even every day. Well, you’re in luck because Cancun is home to countless restaurants that serve international food for all budgets.

Asian food is especially popular with visitors and locals, and there are many options in both the Hotel Zone and downtown, many of which are owned and operated by Asian expats and their families. You’ll find all of your old favorites on the menu, plus dishes with a Mexican twist. Japanese is king, but there are also Thai and Chinese options.

At Thai in Plaza La Isla in the Hotel Zone you can dine in romantic private cabañas. Sit at a Teppanyaki Table at Mikado in the Marriott CasaMagna, which is also home to the elegant SaSi Thai. Yamamoto on Uxmal Avenue is the oldest Japanese restaurant in town, and it’s still going strong. Hong Kong IS Chinese food in Cancun, it even has a whole shopping plaza named after it. Silk is an Asian fusion option in the Hotel Zone in the ME hotel.

Try one (or more) of these Asian restaurants when you are in Cancun, don’t worry, Mexico won’t mind.


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Hong Kong IS Chinese food in Cancun. They have been open since 1984 and were one of the very first restaurants to serve food after Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005. Their main location is a huge restaurant downtown (capacity 500!)which is open from 8 am to 10 pm and is located in their very own Plaza Hong Kong. They deliver all over Cancun. They also have a location in the Hotel Zone in Forum by the Sea. This isn't gourmet Chinese food but it'll do the trick if you have a craving...and the price is right. They have an extremely popular all you can eat buffet in the downtown location.

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Sushi Ken


Sushi Ken is a local favorite. There are 4 locations in Cancun: This one is very close to the downtown Walmart in Plaza Las Palmas. There is also a Sushi Ken in Plaza Outlet that is a nice place to have lunch if you feel like going to the movies or doing some shopping as well. Try the Baby Squid, the spicy Tampico (crab salad) or the delicious Tiger Roll. Their menu is in Spanish and it might be a challenge trying to order Japanese food from a Spanish menu when you only speak English, so maybe try pointing at the pictures. Sushi Ken delivers all over Cancun including to the Hotel Zone.

Recommended for Asian because: Sushi Ken serves yummy Japanese food at economical prices.

Kristin's expert tip: Wednesday is 2x1 on all rolls!

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Hotel Zone

Sasi Thai is made up of small thatched roof pods on different levels with torch-like lighting and loads of ambiance and personality. This romantic Thai fusion restaurant/lounge is located in the Marriott CasaMagna at km 14.5 of the Hotel Zone. It's open daily from 6 pm-11 pm and faces Nichupte lagoon, so get ready to see an amazing sunset while dining. The service is excellent and they have a children's menu. If you're not hungry this is still a wonderful place to visit for drinks or coffee. Watch out...some of their dishes are pretty spicy!

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Zona Hotelera

Silk Asian Bistro is located in the trendy ME by Melia resort at km 12 in the Hotel Zone. Asian Fusion (Peruvian) cusine including sushi, sashimi, the always entertaining Teppanyaki and is served in an nightclub-ish avant-garde space. If you need help ordering the staff is very knowledgable about the menu and are happy to assist. The chef is also ready to accomodate any food allergies or intolerances. The soy paper vegetable rolls are a standout. The service is excellent and you do not have to be a guest at ME to dine at Silk.

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This sushi house is one of Cancun's most popular Japanese restaurants. Located in Plaza Peninsula on Bonampak Avenue in downtown Cancun, locals love Wazaaabi and a few lucky tourists have had the pleasure of dining here. Prices are more economical than in the Hotel Zone. Wazaaabi features great nightly specials and has indoor and outdoor seating and a kids' area. On some nights they offer live music. To get to Wazaaabi take the R1 or R2 bus to the first stop downtown then take a taxi to Plaza Peninsula for about 2 usd.

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This Japanese restaurant and authentic sushi bar is located in downtown Cancun and has been open for over 9 years. It combines Japanese cuisine with a touch of Mexico. This a great place for a family dinner, a business lunch or a meal with friends. Irori features a Teppanyaki/Hibachi Table, a Yakitori skewer menu (prepared on an imported Japanese grill), a sushi bar, private tables, valet parking, Wi-Fi connection, a kids' area and delivery service. Oh yeah, and the food is good too! Try one of their creative rolls...maybe the Rainbow Roll or the Caribbean Roll which features tempura shrimp, spicy tuna, and avocado.

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Hotel Zone

Although many people consider Hanaichi the best Japanese restaurant in Cancun, it is a bit of a local secret due to the fact that the restaurant doesn't have much of a presence on the Internet even though it has been open since 2002. The sushi is authentic and fresh. It is operated by the Japanese owners and gets great reviews from Japanese tourists. There is a sushi bar downstairs and an intimate dining area upstairs. Hanaichi is located at km 9 in the Hotel Zone in a small shopping center next to the Convention Center and is open daily from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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While patrons can order Asian staples like fried rice and stir-fried chicken or beef at Yamamoto, the real draw is the sushi. With so many seafood restaurants in the city, it's not surprising that there are quite a few sushi bars in town, but even so, this one is a real crowd pleaser. You can sit down right at the sushi bar and watch as expert chefs prepare your fresh feast right before your eyes. Take it easy on the food and sake so you can save room for the tempura ice cream.

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Zona Hotelera

Mikado is a Japanese restaurant located in the Marriott CasaMagna at km 21 in the Hotel Zone. The atmosphere is great, especially for families. They also have Teppanyaki or Hibachi Tables and the chefs put on a great show by tossing chicken, vegetables, knives etc. around while they prepare your meal. It's fun to sit at one and meet other vacationers. This restaurant is family friendly; they have a kids menu and chopstick helpers. The Marriott CasaMagna is not exclusively an all-inclusive property, so you don't have to stay there to dine at Mikado. They are open for dinner daily from 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm. Some of the main courses include (shrimp and vegetable tempura), tender rib eyes and banana or cheese kushiages (deep-fried creations on a skewer). Mikado also serves fresh sushi and lobster at market prices.

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This is arguably Cancun's best Thai restaurant and it happens to be the prettiest too. Actually, it's one of the most beautiful, romantic settings in all of Cancun. People rave about the food, the decor, the service, and the waterfront location. As the name implies, Thai cuisine is the specialty of the house. The food and setting will make you feel as though you've been transported to Thailand. The atmosphere is unbeatable and includes soft lighting, ambient music, incense burning, plants, trees, palapas, palm shelters, gardens and little wooden huts. Make sure you arrive on time if you have a reservation because they will only hold your table for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the lagoon for a visit from the resident crocodile. Thai is located in Plaza La Isla at km 12.5 in the Hotel Zone.

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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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