John and Ellen left their home countries (Australia and the United States) to build a life in Belize where, far from the rat race that plagues life in so many other countries, they could open a restaurant, The Maya Beach Hotel Bistro, and have the time to connect with people in a way that might deliver a sort of intangible happiness. Whether their passion for life makes the food so good or whether John’s talent is simply deserving of a Michelin rating he might never receive, I don’t know. I do know that I can’t get the craving for their garlic and goat cheese appetizer out of my head, I can still close my eyes and taste the complex flavors of the lamb and feta salad that I enjoyed, and I have never tasted anything that humbled the mere peanut in the way John’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie does. The breakfast burrito was the most wonderful meal I have ever begun a day with. Simply put, the best meals of my entire time in Belize were enjoyed at Maya Beach Hotel Bistro. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Maya Beach Hotel Bistro is open to hotel guests and the general public for three meals a day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.