First let me say that I depend on tripadvisor a lot when making decisions on where I go to eat especially if I am in a foreign country. In most cases, the reviews are accurate, but not always. In this case the reviews I read definitely understated how good Oh Lala really is. Where to start. I jumped onto tripadvisor a couple of weeks ago the check out a few restaurants in Playa Del Carmen, Mx. We typically stay at a time share and have breakfast there, then migrate into town for lunch and later again for dinner. I attempted to make reservations a full 10 days before our trip, but it was a little difficult because Oh Lala is so small (intimate). I worked with Mikaela & George (the owners) and found a spot where we could fit in. They were very accommodating.
On the night of our reservation, we showed up at the appointed time and was promptly greeted and seated by Mikaela. We opted to sit on the patio and enjoy the ambience of Playa. We also had a view of the kitchen which was visible behind a large glass window overlooking the patio. Mikaela brought over menus and described what specials they had that night. We ordered drinks and our meals. I can't really describe how good the food was. Everyone in our group agreed that it was the best meal each of us had in Playa in many years. I had the lobster and grouper, and it was excellent! Mikaela came over to the table at strategic times and asked how everything was and inquired whether we needed anything. She was very attentive without being overly so. George (owner and head cook) also came out during dinner to check on how we were doing.
When the bill arrived, everything was itemized with no surprises as you usually find on a food bill in Playa. It was accurate and listed in dollars and pesos and we felt it was very reasonable again unlike some of the restaurants in 5th avenue Playa.
We paid the bill and Mikaela and George both came over to thank us for dining at their restaurant and encouraged us to stay a while longer and talk with them. We were treated like family. I can't say enough about those two. Without a doubt, this was the best dining experience I've received in many years.
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