Sal y Fuego
Located at the Hotel Esencia on Mexico's Caribbean coast, Sal y Fuego specializes in Meso-American-style cuisine. Many of the ingredients that go into the restaurant's most popular dishes include exotic spices and tropical produce grown on the hotel's own grounds. Potted palm trees decorate the candle-lit dining room, which is situated under an open-sided palapa (a thatched-roof structure). The restaurant's large windows provide views of the adjacent garden. Specialties include tikin xik (red snapper marinated in achiote and wrapped in a banana leaf) and grilled chicken in black mole sauce.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Local star chef Peter Goffe-Wood is known, in part, for his <em>Kitchen Cowboy</em> cookbooks, which aim to help men learn to cook recipes that will impress their dates. At this new restaurant in The Ambassador, a classic seaside hotel, he serves his modern-international cuisine in a room perched high over the Atlantic shoreline.
We loved: Risotto with prawns, chorizo, peas and saffron.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.