My wife and I will be visiting Playa Del Carmen for the first time in late October to celebrate her 65th birthday and we will be staying at the condos at El Taj Ocean. We are adventurous foodies and have, in general, been disappointed with the food in Mexico, which we have visited five times (Cancun, Cabo (which had the best food), Puerto Val., Ixtapa). The problem seems to be that many of the best places are Italian, Japanese, American, etc., which we can always get better at home. We are really looking for great MEXICAN, gourmet or otherwise. I have read about the restaurant in the cave (beautiful and unique, above average but not great food) which we would do for the experience), but am looking for really outstanding food, regardless of the setting. Sometimes the best food is found in humble surroundings and that would be fine, although price is not really an object for this trip. HELP!
Also, any places so beautiful or unique that they are not to be missed (as long as the food is at least above average)? I want some of the nights to be romantic and charming, especially for my wife who loves that stuff.
Also, any private chefs that do a great job? About how expensive is it to do that, or does it depend on what they serve for you?
Any other suggestions or blogs or other locations online to help me with all of this? I am doing all of the searching myself and will surprise my wife with the finished itinerary.
THANKS AGAIN, CHOWHOUNDS!