A hole in the wall shop specializing in vegan tamales – filling but a bit samey

Suculenta

Calle Sol Esquina Orion | Orion Esquina Sol, Tulum 77760, Mexico
+52 984 113 7250

I had thought that with its New Age reputation that Tulum would be bristling with vegan restaurants but when we checked out our trusted vegan guide, Happy Cow, we were a little surprised to see how few options there were. So, it didn’t take us too long to opt for Succulenta.

This place is essentially a “hole-in-the-wall” store (to be fair it is quite a big hole) that focuses primarily on vegan tamales. We are by no means experts in tamales so weren’t quite sure how many we could eat. They had three options on the day so we did a mix of the three each. To wash this down we decided to try out their green juice. If you don’t want tamales then this is not the place for you as this about all they serve. 

It was a nice day so we decided to try out their garden at the back of the shop, which was shady if a little ramshackle. We don’t mind the rustic look but being a large person I was a bit concerned with the bench seating, which was essentially a rather sketchy looking plank laid across two plastic buckets.

It was not too long before the food arrived and we worked out how to get into our tamales (we are novices with this particularly Mexican delicacy). We tucked in as by this time we were extremely puckish. The food was hot and filling – although the three different types of tamale did taste very similar. Our hunger was satiated but we were a little disappointed with the variety of tamales options.

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