Chef's Table with Javier Martinez

Are you a food enthusiast seeking to elevate your culinary experience?

Do you crave the opportunity to delve into the rich flavors and traditions of authentic Mexican cuisine?

Look no further than the exclusive “Chef’s Table Tasting with Chef Javier” event at Javi’s Cantina.

Transform from a curious diner to a culinary connoisseur as you join an intimate group of only 15 guests for an evening of gastronomic delights. Chef Javier, renowned for his passion and expertise in Mexican cuisine, will be your personal guide on this journey, sharing his insights and stories behind each meticulously crafted dish.

Throughout the evening, you’ll indulge in a five-course tasting menu that showcases the finest ingredients and techniques of Mexican gastronomy. Each course, paired with carefully selected wines and craft beers, will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

But this event is more than just a meal; it’s an interactive experience that will deepen your appreciation for the art of cooking. Witness Chef Javier and his team in action as they prepare each dish, and engage in conversations that will expand your culinary knowledge and ignite your passion for Mexican cuisine.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to join a select group of food lovers for an unforgettable evening. Secure your spot at the “Chef’s Table Tasting with Chef Javier” event and embark on a culinary adventure that will transform the way you experience Mexican cuisine.

Act now, as seats are limited and this unique experience won’t last forever. If you hesitate, you risk missing out on the chance to:

  1. Engage in an intimate, interactive dining experience with a talented chef
  2. Learn about the cultural significance and techniques behind authentic Mexican cuisine
  3. Savor a meticulously crafted five-course tasting menu showcasing the finest flavors
  4. Gain exclusive insights into Chef Javier’s culinary journey and inspiration
  5. Create lasting memories and join a select group of culinary enthusiasts

Don’t let this opportunity slip away. Reserve your seat at the “Chef’s Table Tasting with Chef Javier” event today and prepare to be inspired, educated, and delighted by the flavors and artistry of Mexican cuisine like never before.

Guest Reviews

We had one of the best culinary experiences on the island. We were fortunate enough to earn a place at the inaugural “Chef's Table Tasting with Chef Javier". Javi’s knowledge of the culinary arts was an amazing experience of an impeccable blend of flavors, color, and unique dishes that are products of his familiarity of gastronomy. He entertained us with stories and history throughout the presentation. Keep your eyes open and your ears peeled for the next opportunity. Superb!!  TripAdvisor
Javi is such an interesting teacher and conversationalist along with being a fantastic chef! He taught us about mole sauce, and then we tried it on a delicious tender chicken breast! We had so much fun watching and learning as Javi prepared our delicious pan seared achiote wahoo fillet! The flavors were incredible! I can hardly wait to go back for more of the poblano guacamole, mango coconut ceviche, and avocado ice cream! And the hibiscus margaritas!
Deneen Reynolds Christian
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Great fun and food from a great chef

July 10, 2024

Javi clearly invests the time to imagine and prepare food and drink combinations that are deeply layered and that complement each other. And, he is such fun! We had a great time and hope to do it again on our next Isla visit!

Steve P

What to Expect

Welcome Cocktail

As you arrive at Javi’s Cantina for the Chef’s Table experience, you’ll be greeted with a signature welcome cocktail crafted by our expert mixologists. This carefully curated cocktail is designed to awaken your senses and set the stage for the culinary journey ahead. Whether it’s a refreshing Smoky Jalapeño Mezcalita or a classic Margarita with a twist, our welcome cocktail is the perfect way to kick off your evening and immerse yourself in the flavors of Mexico.

Amus Bouche

An amuse-bouche, also known as an amuse-gueule, is a small, complimentary hors d’œuvre served at the beginning of a meal, particularly in fine dining establishments like Javi’s Cantina. The term “amuse-bouche” is French for “mouth amuser,” which perfectly describes its purpose – to awaken the palate and provide a tantalizing glimpse of the chef’s creativity and the flavors to come.

At our Chef’s Table experience, Chef Javier crafts unique and delightful amuse-bouche to kickstart your culinary journey. These bite-sized creations are designed to showcase the essence of Mexican cuisine, featuring bold flavors, fresh ingredients, and innovative techniques.

An amuse-bouche is not a part of the menu that you order; instead, it is a gift from the chef to welcome you to the dining experience and set the tone for the meal ahead. These small bites are often served on elegant spoons, tiny plates, or even in small glasses, adding to the visual appeal and excitement of the dining experience.


To begin your Chef’s Table experience, Chef Javier has prepared a selection of appetizers that showcase the diverse flavors and textures of Mexican cuisine. From the fresh and zesty Tropical Ceviche with mango, coconut, and mint to the savory and crispy Empanadas de Chorizo with a tangy pico de gallo and habanero sauce, these appetizers are designed to tantalize your taste buds and leave you eager for more. The Chef’s Table experience also features a unique take on guacamole with the Chile Poblano Guacamole, adding a subtle smoky flavor to this classic Mexican dish.


For the main course, Chef Javier has crafted a menu that offers something for every palate, celebrating the rich diversity of Mexican cuisine. Meat lovers will delight in the Mole Negro con Pollo, tender chicken smothered in a rich, dark mole sauce, served with handmade corn tortillas and Mexican rice. For those who prefer seafood, the Pescado Zarandeado, a grilled fish marinated in a blend of citrus and spices, accompanied by roasted vegetables and a chorizo-potato hash, is sure to impress. Vegetarians and vegans will also find plenty to savor, with options like the Chiles en Nogada, roasted poblano peppers filled with a flavorful mixture of fruits, nuts, and spices, topped with a creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds. No matter your preferences, Chef Javier’s carefully curated dinner tastings will take you on a flavorful journey through the heart of Mexico.


No Chef’s Table experience at Javi’s Cantina would be complete without a indulgent dessert, and Chef Javier has saved the best for last. The Piña Asada con Cajeta features grilled pineapple served with a luscious avocado coconut ice cream, drizzled with a sweet and creamy cajeta sauce and sprinkled with crunchy, toasted pepitas. This dessert is a perfect balance of sweet, tropical flavors and rich, indulgent textures, capturing the essence of Mexican desserts in every bite. To accompany your dessert, we offer a selection of after-dinner drinks, including aged tequilas, smoky mezcals, and sweet dessert wines, ensuring that your Chef’s Table experience ends on a perfectly satisfying note.

Chef Interaction

Interacting with Chef Javier:
What sets the Chef’s Table experience at Javi’s Cantina apart from a typical dining experience is the opportunity to interact directly with Chef Javier throughout the evening. As you savor each carefully crafted dish, Chef Javier will share his inspiration, expertise, and personal stories, giving you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the flavors, techniques, and cultural significance behind every bite.

Throughout the evening, Chef Javier will visit your table, answering questions, sharing anecdotes, and offering insights into his culinary philosophy and the unique ingredients and methods he employs. This interactive element transforms the Chef’s Table experience from a simple meal into a truly immersive and educational culinary journey.

As you engage with Chef Javier, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for the passion, creativity, and dedication that goes into each dish. You’ll learn about the traditional cooking techniques passed down through generations, the importance of using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and the innovative ways in which Chef Javier puts his own modern twist on classic Mexican dishes.

This personal interaction with Chef Javier creates a sense of connection and intimacy that is rare in the dining world. You’ll feel like a valued guest in Chef Javier’s home, privy to his culinary secrets and personal stories. The Chef’s Table experience becomes a conversation, a shared journey of discovery and appreciation for the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine.

By the end of the evening, you’ll leave Javi’s Cantina not only with a satisfied palate and a newfound love for Mexican flavors but also with a deeper understanding of the passion and artistry that goes into every dish. The opportunity to interact with Chef Javier transforms the Chef’s Table experience from a memorable meal into an unforgettable culinary adventure that will stay with you long after the last bite.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

The Chef’s Table experience at Javi’s Cantina is an exclusive, intimate dining event where guests enjoy a curated five-course menu showcasing the finest flavors of Mexican cuisine. Chef Javier hosts the event, sharing his passion, expertise, and personal stories behind each carefully crafted dish.

The price includes a five-course tasting menu, a welcome cocktail, and one other cocktail. Other beverages may be added to your bill as you order. Gratuity is not included in the price.
The Chef’s Table event is held on select dates throughout the year. Please check our website or contact the restaurant directly for upcoming event dates.
Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when making your reservation.
We recommend nice-casual attire for the Chef’s Table event. While we want you to be comfortable, we do ask that guests refrain from wearing beach wear.
No, due to the nature of the event and the inclusion of alcoholic beverage pairings, all guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume.
For our guests under the age of 21 or prefer an alcohol-free experience, we are happy to provide mocktails.
We require a minimum of 72 hours notice for cancellations. Cancellations made within 72 hours of the event will be charged the full price of the reservation.
Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase and may be used for any event or restaurant dining. Please contact the restaurant directly or visit our website for more information on purchasing gift certificates.
Yes, please make your payment at Javi’s Cantina between 5pm-10pm to save your spot. If paying in MXN Pesos, please ask for the correct exchange rate.
Yes, reservations are required for the Chef’s Table event due to the limited seating and exclusive nature of the experience. Please make your reservation well in advance to secure your spot, as these events tend to fill up quickly.

The Chef’s Table event is a prepaid experience to ensure that we can provide the highest quality ingredients, curate the perfect wine and beer pairings, and offer an intimate and exclusive dining experience for our guests. Prepayment also helps us minimize cancellations and no-shows, which can impact the overall experience for all attendees.

Yes, reservations are required and if we have an open seat at the table, we are happy to add another pre-paid guest.