For nine days, I lived in absolute paradise at one of my favorite resorts. The Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is staffed by amazingly cheerful and competent people from all over the world, housed with top-notch amenities, and of course, equipped with the most amazing food and drink I have experienced at an all-inclusive resort. I have so much to share with you from my trip, but first I would like to share my experience with an eight course menu at L’Atelier.
L’Atelier served the resort’s gourmet French cuisine. A beautiful eight course menu offered innovative dishes that pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone; each was plated so delicately, consistent with what one would expect from a gourmet-style restaurant. What was very exciting about this menu was its part in Iberostar’s Chef On Tour, a collection of chefs with a total of 27 Michelin stars touring Iberostar resorts to serve innovative fine cuisine.
There were two fine wine pairings offered for an up-charge, but I stuck with a house Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile that I had tried at another restaurant on the resort.
Tenderloin, mustard and pickled vegetables
Anchovy in vinegar, green mayonnaise, sardine and tapenade
Chilled berries soup, grated cheese and pistachios
We continue with
Squid noodles, spring onion and squid ink
Baby vegetables ragout and lobster coral emulsion
Brocolini, truffle vinaigrette and smoked sabayon
A sweet finale
With cucumber and mint
Chocolate ice cream, ganache and hazelnut soil
I am by no means an expert on food, so I won’t offer any commentary. I will, however, share with you my favorites by starring (*) them on the above list.
I also had trouble photographing the food; eight courses were served over a span of about two hours, so the natural lighting diminished greatly as the meal went on. For the most part, I used a 35mm lens and shot flash-free in a macro setting on my Nikon D5100. I fared decently well until the final plate was served (which was quite honestly one of the most delightful!), so I wasn’t able to photograph the Chocolate Sand. I’ll look for a decent photo that my mom may have taken on her phone, but until then, please use your imagination :).
What do you think of this menu? Would you be adventurous enough to try it all? Let me know what the most interesting dish is that you’ve tried — I love hearing about strange food!
Keep an eye out for plenty of new posts about my week in Mexico – I have more food to share, more beauty, and more travel-inspired writing to come.
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