Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Heading back to the Yucatan I was most looking forward to eating. You can’t get a great tan in five day but you can certainly eat a lot of food. When we were invited to Blue Diamond’s Ambar fusion restaurant I was a bit disappointed as it meant fewer tacos for me. But things changed when we arrived and did not receive a menu but a card outlining what we would eat.
I’m one of those people who hates big menus. I prefer restaurants to have a small menu of 5 or 7 things they do really well and I adore restaurants where you have no choice at all. Tell me what to eat and I will eat it!
Tonight Ambar did this, six courses of their fusion cuisine, and while I’m not entirely sure what makes it fusion I do know it was tasty.
We started with a trio of camembert cheese textures, my favourite was the fried camembert which was like a luxurious cheese stick.
The spinach and carmelized rucula salad with blueberries and merlot vinaigrette was light and fresh. It was small, which I appreciate as I knew 4 more courses would arrive.
Seafood cappuccino: lobster bisque with mussels foam.
The chicken supreme with foie gras veloute and Mexican vanilla infusion and prune marinated in Cognac was lost on me but it was only a personal perference. I simply don’t order chicken when I go out so unless it’s an amazing barbecue I rarely enjoy chicken in a restaurant.
The lamb chop with provencal crust with a side of carrot, pea and potatoe purees really stole the show at dinner. I’m finicky about lamb and rarely order it for fear it will be dry but this was cooked medium-rare and so delicious. I was completely surprised and sorry for my dining partners who were too full and declined the lamb.
I’m not much of a dessert person but I like Ambar’s twist as they were all inspired by classic paintings, we had Picasso’s Guernica cacao seed biscuit, cacao sauce, liquid chocolate and raspberry sorbet.
And despite eating all 6 courses, I could still really go for a taco…
Disclosure: I visited Mexico with the assistance of the Mexico Tourism Board, but they did not request or require positive reviews and all opinions are my own.