In a stylish setting overlooking the water, Paloma Bonita captures the essence of Mexico through its music and food. Since Paloma Bonita lies in a hotel (Dreams Cancún), prices are higher than at traditional Mexican restaurants in Ciudad Cancún, but this is a good choice for authentic food in the Hotel Zone. There are three sections: La Cantina Jalisco, with an open kitchen and tequila bar; the Salón Michoacán, which features that state's cuisine; and the Patio Oaxaca, which has oceanview seating. Mariachis serenade you while you dine in any of these areas. The menu encompasses the best of Mexico's other cuisines, with a few international dishes. A traditional starter is the nopalitos (cactus) salad with a vinaigrette dressing. For a main course, I recommend the stuffed chile La Doña -- a mildly hot poblano pepper filled with lobster and huitlacoche (a type of mushroom that grows on corn) in a cream sauce. Live traditional music plays Tuesday through Sunday nights.
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