Unlike the restaurant near my apartment, which is rather upscale and, by Mexican standards, pricey, "Coox Hanal" is very basic. It is located upstairs in a nondescript building on a street away from the main tourist area. There is nothing fancy about it, but the place was packed with customers (a good sign).
I was the only "gringo" in the place, but they must get some tourist trade since I was given a menu in English.
I ordered a dish called "papadzules", which is an enchilada filled with hard boiled eggs and covered with a pumpkin seed sauce. It is a favorite of mine, but many restaurants, even in Yucatán, don't get the sauce right. I figured that it would be a good test of the of place. They got the sauce right! The "papadzules" were as good as the best that I have had in Mérida.
To the left, "papadzules", to the right a "torta" of "cochinita pibil"
I also ordered a "torta" (a Mexican sandwich on a thick, crusty roll) of "cochinita pibil", roasted pork marinated in bitter orange juice and flavored with "achiote" (annatto seed). The pork seemed a bit dry to me, but I spooned on some pickled red onion, a typical condiment of Yucatán, and it was very tasty.
Inside the restaurant there was a stand... just like the ones you see on the streets of Mérida... where a lady was making "marquesitas".
A "marquesita" is a crispy crepe that is rolled up and filled with shredded cheese and a sweet filling. I chose "cajeta", Mexican caramel.
So now I have two places in Mexico City when I have a craving for good Yucatecan food.
"Coox Hanal" is on Isabel la Católica, a street that I sometimes traverse on my way to the subway after a day of sightseeing in the Centro Histórico. The only problem is that just a few doors away is a Oaxacan restaurant that I really like. So when passing that way, will I go for a Oaxacan or Yucatecan meal? A tough decision!