I am not a rich guy nor even a foodie. But when traveling, I like to seek out highly acclaimed restaurants at which to splurge (Pujol in Mexico City; Maido and Astrid y Gaston in Lima; Picasso in Las Vegas, etc.).
Based on its AAA 5-diamond rating, Passion by Martin Berasategui was my choice in Playa del Carmen (all my other food was at an all-inclusive resort, not the one containing Passion).
With splendid flavors and friendly service, primarily by a waiter named Juan, Passion satisfied on par with my other splurge dinners. I can't compare exactly, other than bite-by-bite--and I don't think the dishes here were routinely as inventive as at Maido--but I loved everything I tasted. And with a 7-course tasting menu for $98, it was a relative bargain compared with other prix fixe meals elsewhere.
Keep in mind, it's mostly a series of small plates; you may well long for some tacos afterward. But places like Passion serve to remind that flavors exist far beyond the norm, and in that way, my visit was top notch.
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