Imprevist: a wonderful culinary experience in Playa del Carmen
A restaurant for a rare culinary experience in Playa del Carmen, given that each plate tasted delicious, in a crescendo of flavours and textures.
27 Nov 2018
A wonderful culinary experience in Playa del Carmen,
by David Amar
Imprevist, a Catalan word meaning “the unexpected” lives up to its name as this restaurant’s excellent cuisine, intimate ambiance and level of service add up to a wonderful culinary experience. From its easy to miss location on a small cobblestone Street, off noisy 5th avenue, this cozy restaurant has a small outside patio with half a dozen quaint tables, covered by a protective awning and large windows facing the inside dining room .
My girlfriend and I decided to try it for a romantic dinner. Upon our arrival, we were immediately welcome by the Maitre D. who asked us cordially if we preferred to sit outside in the small patio, or inside the restaurant dining room, a few stairs below.
We opted for the air-conditioned dining room, located in a half-basement, yet with an appealing decor, a combination of bricks, beige and Brown colors, comfortable wooden tables and chairs, beige leather on one of its walls along a bench, with a nice open bar completing the pleasant “look and feel”.
The restaurant features both an International and an Asian Fusion gourmet menu; each of the 2 menus offer 5 starters and 6 Main courses, for a total of 10 starters and 12 main courses, sure to satisfy all tastes. I will mention here the dishes i did not try especially on the Asia Fusion menu: for starters Thai salad, chicken and fish wraps or kobe beef carpaccio; for main courses green curry, salmon, pad thai, mongolian beef or pork ribs.
We were offered a 6 course international gastronomy menu, starting with a seasonal tuna tartare, juicy with the freshest of ingredients, soy sauce, citric and sake foam, and crispy plantain, preparing our palate for the rest of the dining experience.
The first course was a delectable pork belly with a large scallop, both crispy outside and tender inside, with an apple puree and bordelaise sauce. Delectable.
Then came a creamy vegetable Risotto with melted camembert cheese over roasted veggies, one of my favorites dishes of the night!
For the main course, we had a choice between a tasteful green curry with shrimp, lychee, vegetables, cashew nuts, lime leaf and jasmine rice; or a perfectly cooked beef fillet with stroganoff sauce, grilled asparagus and mashed potato, another winner dish.
Desserts brought a perfect close to our culinary experience. We shared a caramel and vanilla ice cream pastry; and a cheesecake topped by red fruits and tuile. Both beautifully presented and sinful but so delightful.
The international menu also lists mussels and clams or grilled octopus, as well as duck breast or catch of the day. Prices ranged between $9 to $13 US for starters, and main courses from 15$us for succulent fish or risotto, up to 23$ for the outstanding beef filet or rib eye.
Without hesitation, I recommend this gem of a restaurant for a rare culinary experience in Playa del Carmen, given that each plate tasted delicious, in a crescendo of flavours and textures, combined with excellent value pricing, quality ingredients, beautiful plating, top service and intimate venue. Congratulations to chef Javier Ortega and executive chef Juan Diego Solombrino.
Restaurant location is Avenida Norte | between Calle 14 Norte and 16 Norte Bis 1, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico.
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