We went to La Lunita back in January 2013 and thought it was really good, so we made sure to go back. This time was not up to standard for us. It's of course a beautiful setting, and for this reason I was tempted to give it another star. This review is for food and service only. I decided to leave the location out, because any restaurant here would have a great location. We had a young woman server who looked like she was either over-worked, or not very competent as a server. We couldn't tell which, because we only saw her maybe 4 times our entire meal.
This was a dangerously mediocre meal because it wasn't so bad that we would put ourselves out enough to complain on our vacation, but not good enough to leave a favorable review. I hate that, because being in the industry myself, I like the opportunity to improve before a review is posted. The service was not good, and the food had more problems than the service .
We ordered the duck tacos, and the duck meat was exceedingly dry. It was like it sat under a heat-lamp for hours before entering our tacos. I had to sip my wine after every bite until I discovered I had to ask for extra sauce to make it swallow-able. This was a shame because the flavors were really good.
The caesar salad was not even close to the ones we make at home. The salad was so lightly dressed we had to ask for more dressing (from the busser) because it tasted like plain romaine lettuce. When we got the extra dressing, it was worse. I believe they actually used mayo, rather than egg yolks. It had the paste texture of mayo rather than the silky-smooth texture of egg yolks, olive oil with anchovies and the other classic caesar ingredients. To La Lunita- I would suggest making house caesar dressing, without mayo. (Honestly, I would love to give La Lunita my recipe.)
They had a good wine list, but it all came at a hefty price. More expensive than Playa del Carmen wine list prices, in my experience. (And to be clear, I am a wine snob, so I look for this everywhere I go.)
We had the lobster raviolis which were not good. The sauce was mediocre, and the edges of the lobster ravioli felt like they were not cooked fully. They were almost crunchy, and not in the good Al Dente way.
We also ordered the lobster, which was cooked to perfection! The only things I would say about it would be, it was pretty small for the price, and the chef could have at least seasoned it with a little salt before or during the cooking process. It was bland, other than the excellent fresh lobster flavor, cooked perfectly, dipped in butter.
We would not return, based on this experience. We'd rather have a consistently great meal, with great service and drinks from La Buena Vida than take the risk of eating at La Lunita again.
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