So last Tuesday I went to Xcaret for my food tasting and to get a rough idea of things like decoration etc.
ok food wise this is what we tasted:
1) Endives, palm hearts, asparagus, artichoke, cherry tomatoes,yellow peppers, and goat cheese medallions, dressed with a delicate fruit vinaigrette.
2) Blackened tuna salad with endives and honey chipotle dressing
2) Cream of tree spinach in black mushroom bread crust.
1)Tuna pav©, wrapped in a crust of cilantro seeds with Passion Fruit sauce.
2)Surf & Turf; combination of shrimp in curry and coconut
sauce with beef filet medallions, bathed in a tamarind sauce.
1)Chocolate fondant with Bailey's cream
2) Chocolate extravaganza
The photos are taken of the actual sized dishes that they put on the table so we could see how big they were. Before I say anything specific about the dishes â€“ they were all beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I think you pretty much canâ€™t go wrong whatever you pick! Im not sure my photos do the food justice and to be honest we still can't decide what we want to choose!
So that photo was the tuna salad. i dont know what they put on the outside of the tuna but the seasoning was delicious. my sister compared the food overall to that found in top london restaurants (and she should know, she does out a lot!) I think i prefer this to the other salad. the next pic is the goats cheese salad - the goats cheese was to die for, really creamy and smooth. i had a bit of confusion as to what was what (wasnt sure what a palm heart or endvie was). this felt more filling than the other salad.
Next on the list is the asparagus cappucino. i have to be honest, when i first saw the menu i was completely bemused why some options were cappucinos and others simply soups, but once it arrived it was obvious that the whipped cream (not sweet cream obviously) and the presentation gave it the name. soup was rich and creamy, and is quite an unusual way to present a starter!
the other soup, (the tree spinach) comes presented in a little bread bowl. its equally rich and creamy, and whilst i know the name "tree spinach" makes it sound a little odd, its just a lovely vegetable soup
the portions are just right - the soups are so creamy that any more would be bordering on too much, both in terms of the portions and the flavours. next is the tuna pave - served with a little canoe filled with vegetables and some sweet potato puree on top. lovely contrast between savoury and sweet
Then the surf and turf served with potato gratin and a portabello mushroom and pepper gratin. I loved the tamarind sauce, it was sweet but not overpowering (as tamarind can be pretty strong), i was slightly less enthusiastic about the curry sauce with the prawns - mainly because i have a lot of guests who have never tried curry so i wasnt sure how well it would go down with them. it was quite subtle though
and finally - the best part! dessert!both were lovely but the fondant was definitely better. warm and melty at the top, and the baileys cream went perfectlt with it. if i had tried the extravganza alone i would have loved it...but after the fondant it just didnt compare!
that was the fondant - next and final photo is the extravaganza!