The Riviera Maya, once home to small fishing villages, is now a burgeoning modern tourist corridor that blends Mexican, European and Caribbean cultures and offers the very best Caribbean beaches, all-inclusive to high-end luxury resorts, fine dining to traditional Mexican food, nightlife, spa retreats, shopping and a fantastic variety of activities for the whole family.
After enjoying the exquisite turquoise blue Caribbean Sea, exploring local culture in a Mayan village, trying your hand at some of the entertaining Mexican cooking classes, or after daring to participate in one of the many, exciting adventure options, visitors will be surprised by the many choices of places to eat that are available in the region. Here are two favourites that we recommend after a day of fun in the tropical Mexican sun:
This lesser known beachfront restaurant is located in an intimate private development on Paamul’s picturesque bay. Brazilian chef, former professional footballer and entertainer-in-chief Kalu will delight your senses with his Mexican Caribbean fusion of traditional Yucatecan flavors and Brazilian favourites, all prepared on an open fire barbeque grill. Ask for the fish of the day, some good local Mexican beer, and enjoy incredible sunsets from the restaurant deck.
The term “churrasco” refers to grilled meat and is a popular feature in most of Latin America, most especially in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. Bovino’s Churrascaria (in English “steakhouse”), offers the very popular serving style called “rodízio” in which waiters move around the restaurant with the skewers, slicing meat onto the client’s plate.
Clients pay a flat rate for an all-you-can-eat feast that includes a world class salad bar with an array of choices from sushi to grilled vegetable and fresh salad options. Meats typically include fillet mignon chunks wrapped in bacon, turkey chunks wrapped in bacon, sirloin steak (cut semicircular and served in slices), roast beef (served like sirloin steak), rump cover (called “picanha” in Portuguese), beef short ribs, lamb, pork ribs, spicy Iberian pork sausage and chicken hearts.
The restaurant has air-conditioning, serves high-end alcohol brands and boasts a good choice of international wines.