Thanks to William Lawson’s review on his website, Lawsonsyucatan.com, ten of us piled into several cars yesterday and drove to Baca to see whether it was really true – that there was an authentic and delicious Thai restaurant there. Andit certainly is. Never doubt William. The chef at this place is actually from Thailand and had her own restaurant in the USA for a while.
We left it up to the chef to serve us a meal for ten and she did a great job. The minute we sat down, we were given pitchers of refreshing ginger iced tea.
We started with fried rolls filled with chicken and vegetables and accompanied by hot and sweet sauces. They were fabulous. Then, some of us had soup and we each got a green papaya salad, made of shredded papaya. The shreds looked like pasta.
Then, the curry arrived and we stopped talking so much. It was chicken, in a thin, yellow curry sauce that could hold its own anywhere. We were in heaven. We also had the ever popular phud thai and a dessert of fried bananas coated with something sweet. It was an absolutely great meal. I think all ten of us agreed.
I am so happy to know this place is there, that I could cry. I’m hoping to go again this coming weekend. It isn’t cheap, but it is reasonable.
It’s in the Hacienda San Jose on the outskirts of Baca. Lawson has directions on his site. Click here. When you come to the gate of the hacienda, people direct you to the parking area and then to the restaurant, which is one of a group of attractive buildings added to the hacienda property. Leave your cell phone and camera in the car. It drove me nuts not to be able to take pictures, but the place is very tranquil and they don’t want you to disturb the tone. You also encouraged to talk softly, but our jolly group was quite naughty in this regard.
I took a little walk along a raised path next to the restaurant and saw a large green iguana and a flock of spotted butterflies that made loud clicking sounds.
The organization that runs the restaurant is called Fundacion para el Bienestrar Natural, A.C., and they treat sick people in their consultorio. The restaurant helps maintain the place.
There’s a large gold-colored Thai Buddha near the restaurant and a small, exquisite chapel with unworldly acoustics. The manager, a Frenchman, gave us a tour.
The restaurant is open to the public for lunch and closes at 3 p.m. Thank you William Lawson!!!