Hands down, La Senda was my favorite restaurant in Playa del Carmen, and not just because it’s vegan. The staff is so friendly and helpful, and the flavors are spot on. We also found the prices incredibly reasonable and I love the variety of dishes they offer.
Chris & I ordered the guacamole three of the four times we visited – nothing beats freshly made guac! The sunflower sprouts on top are a nice touch, too. We are both big fans of the Aztec cake (corn tortillas, veggies, vegan cream, almond cheese, lettuce & red onion) with mole sauce. The mole flavor is so complex; it starts out sweet but then you taste the heat and it’s just perfect.
We both also ordered the tofu scramble (with chaya, onion, tomato and nutritional yeast) at separate visits, and the tofu is lovely. A lot of restaurants seem to use firm tofu and cook it til it’s dry, but La Senda’s is soft and moist. Another favorite is the rolls, again because of all the flavors – lettuce, mango, avocado, sprouts, jicama, almond cheese and cilantro dressing.
Everything is so fresh, and we love their bakery items as well. The banana chocolate muffins are super dense but soft, and the banana chocolate oat rolls are like a no bake cookie. We went one last time for breakfast on the day we came home, and I tried one of their “Ancestral Beverages,” the Tascalate which was water with axiote, corn, cinnamon and vanilla. It was a little gritty because of the corn but not overly sweet and I would order it again.
My goal now is to get them to open up in the Twin Cities!