We have been to Playa del Carmen 8 times in 13 years. We love this destination. We first came upon Ajua by accident, and became fan favorites. each year we would come back and bring new friends along to experience the wonderful, fun staff and the quaintness of the resaurant. It was rustic and so very mexican. The waiters were so much fun. They would bring your drinks to you on their heads and pretend to drop them in your lap. They even had a pillow sort of thing that they would place on your shoulders.. It was a funny stuffed mexican figure that brought much laughter and a perfect picture moment. The food was always good and reasonable. We always ordered the lobster and never disappointed. We loved this place. I have many scrapbooks with our visits to Ajua.
This year we took a cab to the old location only to find that it is closed and now located on 5th Avenida and Via 38. Way up North from the previous location! We decided to walk the distance and had to ask several times how much longer. It gave us an oppuritunity see how much Play del Carmen has grown since our last visit. I saw lots of shops with glass doors and windows. Much has changed from the quaint fun town to more upscale shops along with several new American shops and fast food joints. Sad. We finally arrive to Ajua and find that it is like the new stores along 5th Avenida. Glass doors with a few tables outside. It was much smaller that the last location. I noticed the heavy leather menu's and said Oh Oh. Big changes. This place has become pretentious We noticed that the prices have increased considerably from our last visit. The waiters were attentive but subdued. We ordered the ceaser salad made tableside and it was such a long presentation that I got bored. The salad was just OK. We ordered the 10oz lobster tail and it was on the dry side. We spent 2,155 pesos for four and felt so disappointed. I dont like to write bad reviews as I try to see the positive in all, but this was a hit that hurt. We went back to Play del Carmen and went to another fan favorite restaurant and enjoyed it much better than Ajua.
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