We dined at Plank twice while staying in Playa del Carmen in May of 2014. What a culinary delight. We chose the tasting menu with the addition of the Salmon Carpaccio as an appetizer served on a Himalayan salt plank with capers and lemon sauce. The first course was flat bread with a combination of toppings, smoked artichoke dip, hummus and roasted tomato puree. The second course was the 5 sea scallops wrapped in prosciutto, cooked and served on the salt plank. The next course was the 4 huge shrimp, again cooked and served on the salt plank, which infused a lightly salted taste. Included was an order of flat bread with goat cheese, figs and rocket leaves, very tasty and different. The salmon and chicken came next and were cooked and served on the cedar plank, and cooked to perfection. We then had a large beef tenderloin, cut 4 ways on the cedar plank, oh so tender and oh so good. This was served with Portobello mushrooms and asparagus. Dessert was a combination of cheese cake and carrot cake. We were guinea pigs for the carrot cake the first night, really moist and flavorful. A few nights later my kids joined us for the tasting menu and they substituted a chocolate cake for the carrot cake and I must admit, as much as I like chocolate, I missed the carrot cake. There were a couple of birthday celebrations and in addition to the small fireworks at the table, it was that beautiful Mexican song sung by the waiters that captured my attention. I would like to know the name of that song? The tasting menu was 400 pesos per person (about $31 usd), minimum 2 people, but what a great value. There were so many unique tastes for this Foodie’s palate. The Salmon Carpaccio was an extra 150 pesos, but so worth it and it easily served 4 people. Most of the ala carte items ranged from 150 to 325 pesos for their signature dish the red snapper encrusted with salt, cool presentation as they are chiseling the salt away.
We have dined at quite a few restaurants in Playa del Carmen over the past several years, and Playa has so many fine restaurants. But Plank has moved to Numero Uno. It’s located on 16 bis Norte between 5th and 1st Avenue which is pedestrian only in the evening. It’s across from the Acanto Hotel and condos, what a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. Plank has a roof over the seating area but is completely open to the street with a very high ceiling. It is about 5 steps up off the sidewalk providing a nice view. The décor is amazing, warm tones, classy and yet sheik. We had Andreas the first night and Willy the second time, both excellent. They both spoke excellent English and had the perfect acumen and attitude for a waiter working in a high class restaurant.
Plank, welcome to Playa. I will be back.
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