This is a guest post written by Premier Worldwide Marketing, LLC. employee, Christina Prickett, who recently honeymooned at El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort, by Karisma and has shared her experiences at the Chef’s Table with us. Photographs were shot by Director & Video Editor, Matthew James Prickett.
For one week of our honeymoon, my husband and I stayed at the charming resort, El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico. One of the most memorable experiences we took with us from Mexico was the night we dined at the Chef’s Table at D’Italia Restaurant.
The Chef’s Table is an exclusive dining experience for guests who wish to purchase $180 USD of any wine, spirits or liquor. This experience is available at El Dorado Royale & El Dorado Casitas Royale. After acquiring a few bottles of liquor, my husband and I were invited to a private dinner arranged for us at the hotel’s award winning restaurant, D’Italia.
Once we arrived to the restaurant, we were whisked away to an elegant, glass room directly in front of the kitchen, where the hotel’s expert Sommelier, Paul greeted us. We asked Paul for his favorite bottle of wine and he recommended the Sileni Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, a 2009 harvest, which was just lovely. The wine had a light and tangy taste to it with pear and grapefruit flavors, which we thought was a perfect way to start off the evening. The view was extraordinary; we watched the chefs prepare our fine dishes for the rest of the evening.
At the start of dinner, the chef came out and greeted our table. He asked us for any of our likes and dislikes and told us that our seven course meal would be based on this, but that each dish would be a surprise.
The presentation and taste of every dish were outstanding. It would be difficult to choose a favorite course because each dish was authentically prepared and rich with flavor. Our spectacular dining experience started with ahi tuna, which was served with avocado slices and cherry tomatoes; this certainly set the standard for the rest of the evening.
Following the first course, we were given a gourmet black bean soup; this may be one of the most appetizing soups I have ever tasted. Every bite was flavorful and had an essence of cheese in every bite.
I think the black bean risotto with squid on a bed of mushy peas may have been one of my favorite courses. If we weren’t already expecting any more plates, I may have asked for another!
For the fourth course, we enjoyed salmon topped with a creamy, delicious marinade, mushy peas and fresh vegetables. After this, we were given sorbet to help us clear our palates and prepare us for the main entree. Each course was prepared with the perfect amount of portions to satisfy without making you feel stuffed. Further, we could not fault the service we received throughout dinner, it was perfect. The chef came out prior to each course to explain what every dish consisted of and to make sure this was something we would enjoy.
The main course was very impressive; filet mignon with shrimp and every, single bite was tasty and satisfying! For the last course, we enjoyed a collection of sweet desserts with espresso, which was just a perfect way to end the evening.
Although we shared many wonderful memories on our honeymoon, the Chef’s Table dining experience was one of our most favorite evenings in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We’d like to express our most sincerest compliments and gratitude to the D’Italia staff, chef and the resort’s expert sommelier, Paul for an unforgettable evening. We look forward to returning and enjoying it all over again very soon!