This beautiful restaurant was HIGHLY recommended by our divemaster, Sue (from PV Sea Dive). We had definitely come to trust her during our week's stay, so a visit was a must.
The place is beautiful and air-conditioned (a rare treat in Puerto Vallarta). They have lots of different seating areas and alcoves on multiple levels, with different artists' work represented in each area. Sadly, their multi-leveled, outdoor courtyard was closed for the hot, rainy season, but they were kind enough to take us out there. The courtyard is so lovely, I would actually consider planning a trip during a season that would allow us to dine outside (although, then we probably couldn't scuba dive without wetsuits...ok, well, it's a toss-up).
We started our meal with martinis. A mango one for me. And this amazing jalapeno one for Hubby. And for me. I made him share. I tried to wrangle the recipe out of our server, Jaime, without success. Almost ordered one myself. Next time I will.
The food was amazing. I'd read so much about the pumpkin soup, I had to try it. Wonderful. Even though we'd each ordered an appetizer, the chef kindly sent out two more canapés, artistically created on cucumber slices. So tasty. And apparently, my husband's steak was great, too. I wouldn't know, since I was too much enamored of my own short ribs, and how they melted in my mouth to divert my attention. Every other meal we'd had in Puerto Vallarta had resulted in take-home containers under our arms. Not here, however. If the Cafe made it, we HAD to consume it. So, not surprisingly, we said no to dessert. No room. Until the chef again insisted on sending us another gift: two delightful chilled macaroons. We found room.
Service by Jaime and Carlos was wonderful. They are both equal parts professional and personable. A great recipe for wait-staff. (Sharing THAT recipe, however, does not mean they will part with their Jalapeno Martini recipe, though. Too bad.) We are so grateful to them for the perfectly orchestrated meal we enjoyed on their watch.
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