Updated: Aug 24, 2020
I tried 'pulpo' AKA octopus for the first time in Tulum, Mexico. It was an odd choice for me to order the octopus because while I love seafood, octopus was always the dish I avoided. I took a chance and tried something different, mostly because I was in Tulum and I wanted to expand my palate. Needless to say, it was so GOOD. I devoured the entire octopus, along with the salad and roasted potatoes that came with it. The restaurant behind this tasty delicacy? Hartwood.
The octopus was tender and grilled to perfection. Hartwood is known for changing the food menu on a daily basis to offer new options to the customers, so hopefully the octopus is still on the menu when you plan your trip to Tulum. There also is no Wi-Fi at Hartwood, because they value sustainability and don't want everyone on the Internet during their meal. Reservations are highly recommended, it's a pretty popular place. Even if you don't make it to have dinner at Hartwood, order the octopus the next time you are dining out.
Review: 10/10 - For the taste and the health benefits
Did you know that eating octopus is healthy because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, low fat, and full of good protein?
Hartwood is a dinner-only restaurant and all of their cooking is done over an open fire. This restaurant truly values sustainability, so they cook all of the dishes on open fire and they power their lights with a solar panel. Hartwood is cash-only, but should you need to use electronic payment, they accept PayPal. Check out their website here, but remember the menu is new every day, so you won't find a menu on their website.