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“Number 1 restaurant in Playa”

PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar
Ranked #40 of 1,289 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$35
Cuisines: International, Grill
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: PLANK offers a unique & fine dining experience like no other in the region. We're located on a quaint street right off 5th ave with an upscale sophisticated atmosphere Our concept focuses on a special cooking technique designed to delicately infuse natural flavor by cooking our food directly on Himalayan salt stones and wooden planks! We feature a gourmet family style menu including USDA certified beef, prime seafood selections, gourmet flatbreads and large shareable side dishes. Be sure to try our signature creations including Cedar Plank Salmon or our Famous Beef Wellington or our tender Twin Baby Lobster Tails! We're also the perfect venue if your celebrating a special occasion (let us know). For reservations click on our web site.
St Paul, MN
Level 6 Contributor
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“Number 1 restaurant in Playa”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Good American Gourmet Fare, Tries a Little Too Hard”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Plank is owned by the same folks who run the impeccable Imprevist just a block away. Somehow the reserve of the smaller Imprevist doesn't carry over into the garish interior of Plank. The food is just fine for gourmet fare: A sampler of flatbread with various dips provided gratis is delightful. The main course is probably four out of five stars. The service of our waiter was excellent: Again, great English, friendly, helpful, only as chatty as we wanted him to be. Desert of Himalayan chocolate mousse outstanding. We took a pulled pork flatbread to-go that was extremely good. Why not five stars? For these prices, I would have expected slightly better tasting food, and the decor is just too flashy, bathed in semi-loud techno music. Meh.

  • Visited May 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your review on Trip Advisor. We value all guest feedback and use it as a tool to create ways to continuously add to guest satisfaction. We are happy that you enjoyed your overall experience with us! The variety flat breads we offer are always outstanding and, as you did yourself, many people ask to take our flat breads home (they make for easy and delicious snacks for your hotel room if you are staying in Playa). About the price of the food, the reason why our prices are on the higher end is because of the style we use to prepare, cook and serve the dishes. We do not use traditional pots and pans. All food is cooked directly on Himalayan Salt Blocks or natural wooden planks. These are valuable cooking tools, but also quite expensive, as they are imported to Playa del Carmen from different parts of the world. Additionally we only use USDA certified meats and Prime Seafood selections, all of which is reflected in the final cost of the dishes. Thank you again and we do hope you will return back to Plank in the future.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic food and setting”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Just had the most gorgeous dinner at Plank in Playa. The decor and ambiance is second to none, and the food and drink live up to the atmosphere. A real find on the outskirts of the busy restaurant row of 5th avenue and definitely one to make top of the list for a visit!

I started with a delicious Mango Mojito cocktail, then were served a fantastic range of complimentary sharing breads and dips (including a delicious artichoke number), this was followed with tendor scallops wrapped in parma ham, and then the biggest prawns I have ever seen and a succulent steak (USDA). I don't normally eat meat as I am incredibly fussy, having tasted some of the best in Argentina but this really lived up to expectations.

It was my birthday the day before, so my friends let the restaurant know and they even arranged a surprise (and again complimentary) birthday cake and singalong at the end, where I got a lovely keepsake photo too. Really nice touch and I felt truly spoilt. Thanks Plank!

  • Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Great Meal, Fabulous Service!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

This was the first restaurant we ate at on day of arrival into Playa del Carmen. We stayed at Maya Village and this was around the corner - very convenient, as the goal of this trip was to just relax. We wandered a bit (ok, only 2 blocks) - we realized that Plank looked the best, b/c we didn't want to go far. They greeted us, we sat, our waiter was Miguel - really nice and knowledgeable. We were starving and ordered the Scallops on a "plank" of Himalayan Pink Salt, the ribs, and the lobster flatbread - for main course - my friend ordered the Beef Wellington, me the Filet Mignon and a side of Chaya (their local spinach). YES, way too much food - come to find that they served on the house = flatbread with 3 delicious spread (Hummus, Artichoke & Red Pepper Spreads) - all delicious. We were so eager to order that we had no idea (lol). We ate here when our other friend arrived and again the meal was great - although I ordered the salt baked fish - it was too salty, but very flavorful - the manager took it off the bill. We came back a 3rd time - and the meal was good - although better the first two times, come to find out - the chef was different from the 2 previous times. Overall we had great meals, friendly staff, lovely ambiance - would recommend, and as for the salt-baked fish - be cautious - after all it is salt crusted. Thanks for 3 lovely meals.

  • Visited April 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on Trip Advisor. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience with us, not once, but on 3 separate occasions. The Beef Wellington and the Filet Mignon are our signature selections and have proved to be outstanding favorites among many. We are glad that you felt the service to be exceptional and that you found that customer service is indeed our first priority. If you aren't completely satisfied our management works quickly to correct the situation. Our number one goal is to have all of our guests leave happy without exception. Thank you again and we hope you will return back in the future!

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“A unique bar like none I've ever been to”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This place was awesome. I have never seen a restaurant and bar quite like this. The bar had your standard drinks but in addition to this they had "plank" infused drinks. The bartender would use this machine right in front of you that would give the drink a smoky taste if you so desired. The atmosphere was chic and energetic. It was a great experience and I will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Guest,
It's wonderful to hear that you had an outstanding experience with us at PLANK! We ourselves take pride in the bar as the design is quite unique; with an inviting ambiance for everyone to enjoy a quality drink and delicious food without having to sit down at a formal dining table. We also offer some additional food selections on our bar menu, as well as daily specials at a fantastic price. Our cocktail menu is quite amazing and as you mention we offer our smoked selections of your favorites using a special machine that delicately infuses a beautiful smoked flavor bringing a twisted flare to the typical cocktail. We are certainly glad you enjoyed and we hope to see you again soon!

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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