Early last week, I returned from Riviera Maya, Mexico where I had the pleasure of spending 5 days managing an incentive trip for one of my corporate clients. I was impressed by the gourmet cuisine that awaited our group each and every day.
Today we'll focus on what some of the resorts have to offer.
Grand Velas, Riviera Maya
Piaf's dramatic ambiance is reminiscent of Paris' Left Bank eateries. Curtains of Swarovski crystals and dramatic lighting create a captivating atmosphere complimented by the unexpected surprise of Josephine Baker's music in the background.
Chef Michel Mustiere, Maitre Cuisinier de France, has created an exciting menu of authentic French cuisine that has earned the AAA 4 Diamond rating.
I was raised in Montreal and I can assure the soupe gratinee a l’oignon did not disappoint. I could just as easily been seated in one of my favourite creperies in Old Montreal or on Rue St. Denis.
The chefs and waiters were very attentive to food allergies and when I ordered Shrimp "escalibados" style with fresh black linguine, on their advice, I opted for an egg-free rice noodle that was just as delightful.
Featuring Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Johnny Fontanil, who obtained his culinary experience in the heart of Tuscany, Lucca is open nightly in the Zen Grand section of the resort. The first night I dined at Lucca, the weather was a bit cool outside so I welcomed the traditional Genovese-style minestrone soup. A cube of vegetables was served in the center of the bowl and the server poured the comforting warm broth until it enveloped them.
I particularly enjoyed the shrimp and lobster risotto that I selected for my entree.
The resort had no shortage of chocolate delights from Duo de Mouse de Chocolate Blanco at Lucca to Piaf's La Quinta chocolate, a delectable chocolate orb over which is poured nuage choco a l’Armagnac des Pyrenees, a warm and delightful chocolate sauce. Pictured here is also a Petit gateau of white chocolate over crunchy base with forest berry sauce from Bistro
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
True to its Thai roots, Saffron showcases authentic Thai cuisine prepared by a team of chefs from Phuket, Thailand and served in a lush setting overlooking mangroves and lagoons. Lemongrass soup, giant prawns, and exotic dishes flavoured with coconut, basil, mango, and tamarind sauce.
Mediterranean cuisine prepared using classic techniques is the speciality of Tamarind. Guests can select from gourmet entrees including duck confit, lobster, and grilled Kobe beef fillet.
Photo Credits: Executive Oasis International