Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 71
A TASTE OF PARADISE
Full of flavors and tasty traditions, Riviera Maya, located on the eastern coast of Mexico, is a
gastronomical paradise for all foodies. Every bite tells a delicious story, whether you're enjoying a
romantic dinner at one of the region's upscale bistros or grabbing a quick bite at a local hangout.
A CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
With influences ranging from Mexican Caribbean
and Mayan to Swiss and German, chefs in the Riviera
Maya put a unique spin on cuisine. Ingredients
like corn, chilies, beans, tomatoes, local fish, and
herbs, including achiote and chaya, set the stage
for mouthwatering dishes that marry traditional
Mayan techniques, like cooking foods wrapped in
bananas leaves, with more modern methods.
FROM RELAXING TO ROMANTIC
When you can't decide what kind of ambience
you're after, check out La Casa del Agua. The
restaurant offers five different atmospheres, from
the main dining room, which boasts views of
Playa del Carmen's famous 5th Avenue, to The
Roof Garden, a relaxing open-air environment
overlooking the ocean and Cozumel Island.
Just stopping by for a quick drink? Head to the
wine bar, La Malagueña, on the first floor and
choose from dozens of varietals.
THE SPIRIT OF MEXICO
Speaking of wines, Mexico boasts an array of
award-winners to pair with steaks, seafood, and
poultry. Ask your sommelier for a taste of Viña
Doña Dolores Chardonnay, La Cetto Sauvignon
Blanc, or Casa Madero "Casa Grande" Shiraz. In
the mood for something stronger? Take part in
a tequila or mezcal tasting led by experts who
know a thing or two about blue agave.
Connect with your Virtuoso
travel advisor to begin your
culinary journey today!
At Imprevist in Playa del Carmen, chef Juan Diego
Solombrino creates his own signature dishes,
deeply influenced by an appreciation for fresh,
natural produce, with specialties like kobe beef
carpaccio and seafood risotto with fresh shrimp,
calamari, and mussels. Chef Solombrino is also
a partner and executive chef at Plank, where he
gives every dish a unique twist by cooking and
serving his specialties on Himalayan salt blocks
or cedar, maple, hickory, or mesquite wood
planks. Be sure to try the seared yellowfin tuna
and tomahawk steak. And in Tulum, chef Diego
Hernandez focuses on contemporary Baja Mexican
food with a Yucatán influence at his restaurant,
Mur Mur. Favorites include avocado salad with
spicy cauliflower confit and octopus ceviche.
FOOD MARKETS AND TOURS
Take your passion for gastronomy to the streets
of the Riviera Maya at one of the region's many
local markets. Find organic produce, baked
goods, and preserves at Paamul Farmers
Market. Head to the Coco Beach Eco Market,
one of the first weekly markets in the area. Or
embark on a foodie tour like the Gastronomic
Tour Riviera Maya.