Heading down Mexico way? Then know your onions – or rather your cebollas – when it comes to chowing down. Try these top bites at the best all inclusive Mexican resorts.
21st century comida
The very best all inclusive resorts have moved far and away from tired buffets and now offer an incredible choice of gourmet cuisine. Resorts know we are no longer satisfied with run of the mill holiday food. We want to experience the chosen destination for its culture, and its flavour. Mexico is no exception and some resorts offer a wonderful taste of authentic Mexican fare. You’ll need to know a few facts first though, before you pull up your chair to the table.
Tex-Mex or just Mex?
Real Mexican food is not exactly what most of us think of. We love the hearty flavours of Tex-Mex – it’s our go-to snack and sports food. But how many of us know our frijoles from our fajitas? Or a chipotle from a bowl of chili-con-carne? There’s a real difference between a dish smothered in Monterey Jack, and the delicate taste of white, delicate queso fresco. Here are just some real Mexican dishes you might find. Discover the true taste of Mexico. Then let’s take the authentically Mexican route, and see what’s on the menu at some discerning Mexican all inclusive resort restaurants. Enjoy!
Chilaquiles: A little like Nachos, but no yellow cheese! Shredded chicken and sour cream cover these corn tortilla chips, a tasty alternative to Tex-Mex.
Elotes: A tougher corn on the cob treat, with mayo, lime and spices for flavor.
Mole: A sauce, a marinade, a full on flavor, sometimes containing as many as twenty different ingredients.
Pozole: A sort of stew, simmered for ages, either with meat or vegetables, and can be pork or chicken. Fresh toppings are added at the table.
Tacos al Pastor: Yes, it’s a taco, but traditionally eaten as street food, shavings of tasty meat cupped in a corn tortilla and topped with lime, pineapple, cilantro, sour cream, or fresh finely cut onion.
Grand Velas, Riviera Maya
Rated with Five Diamonds by the AAA, you just know that the Grand Velas resort in Riviera Maya is going to be just as good for food at dinner time as it is for relaxing the rest of the time. Arty food is on the menu with a visit to their Frida restaurant, named after acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Described as Mexican Fine Cuisine, you can bin any thoughts of Burritos, and instead look forward to mouthwatering and authentic Mexican cuisine, prepared by chef Ricardo de la Vega.
Breaded fried cheese in black bean sauce, with cilantro pureé and fresh street’style potato chips, Yellow fin tuna “al pastor” with grilled pineapple, onion, salsa and cilantro salad, duck in two textures with colorful mole and garbanzo pureé with nuts. Enhance your dining experience with mouthwatering desserts, such as as churros and rompope custard, hibiscus atole, three-texture Mexican rice pudding with cinnamon sauce, puffed rice and cacao butter.
Royal Hideaway Playacar, Riviera Maya
There’s not a children’s menu or highchair in sight at the Royal Hideaway Playacar, as it’s strictly an adults only resort. A very grown up experience awaits at the superb choice of dining facilities in this resort – there are six restaurants to choose from – and you will get a chance to taste authentic Mexican, as well as other fusion foods. But, it’s the real taste of Mexico that we’re checking out. Pull up a chair in their Spices restaurant, and taste the finest in Mexican and Caribbean flavours, with an emphasis on the freshest seafood available. Wash it all down with fine wine accompanied by swathes of blue from the outstanding Caribbean views.
Excellence, Playa Mujeres
Another adults only resort, this time in a dramatic setting, on an all-inclusive oasis. Work up an appetite on the Greg Norman golf course, or simply topping up your tan on the powdery white, virgin sands of the Excellence, Playa Mujeres resort. Dress for dinner and choose from one of the ten international restaurants – it’s a difficult decision! The aptly named Agave restaurant will welcome you – no reservation needed – and tempt your taste buds with, yes, a choice of familiar Tex Mex, but also a more authentic flavour of real Mexican food. It’s good to have that choice, and there’s something to please everyone. There’s Mariachi too – of course – providing table-side entertainment and completing the perfect Mexican dining experience at the superb Excellence resort.
El Dorado Sensimar, Riviera Maya
Dinner for two? Add a little vacation romance with dinner at the El Dorado Sensimar Riviera Maya. This resort was named one of Forbes’s Most Romantic Resorts in the World. Get a room. Not just a lavish, romantic resort either, the food here is also incredible. Choose from any one of the 11 a la carte restaurants, but do book a table at La Carreta, for an authentic Mexican food experience. Try dishes such as these glasses of chilled Gazpacho, with spears of watermelon and crunchy croutons, as in the above photograph. They may be just a starter to get your appetite going, but they’re enough to make you grab your sombrero and book the El Dorado Sensimar today!
Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun
Enter the Cantina at Fiesta Americana Condesa in Cancun. One of ten restaurants in this wonderful all inclusive resort, Cantina will soon have you dancing the Jarabe with anticipation. Fifteen authentic Mexican starters, are, well, just the start. You’ll need a few visits to plow and chow through the menu here – but the ambience is fun, so it’s no hardship to make Cantina your favourite meeting spot.
…quench your thirst with a wide variety of Cancún’s craft beers. As an added touch, the classic jukebox lets you play your favorite tunes for you and other patrons to enjoy.
Book the Fiesta Americana before April 2nd to get a great deal and save on your next vacation.
While you’re on vacation in Cancun, you might like to check out Xoximilco, a fun and festive way to experience all things Mexican, as well as getting a real taste for authentic Mexican food. Step aboard colorful party barges, and sail the canal, discovering all about the local and regional folklore, music and of course, food. Choose from their extensive party food menu, and enjoy the night with family and friends. Fiesta!
What was the best authentic Mexican food you experienced, on an all inclusive vacation? We’re simply starving for your news, and waiting to hear! Get in touch, and let us know.