By Ana Laura Peña
When there is a scorching 38°C/100°F outside and the humidity is around 70-80%, then one might desire eating something light and fresh. Although sushi sounds like the perfect option, you need to be selective in where you choose to dine because it’s hot outside and we’re talking about raw fish here.
We at Vimex Vacation Rentals are big Sushi fans that can’t stop eating it whether it’s super-hot or Caribbean breezy. Given the hard and delicious task of trying (not all) but most of the sushi establishments in Riviera Maya, below we have listed our top picks in and around Playa del Carmen.
Yes, the order is important, nevertheless, they’re all excellent options when it comes down to enjoying the little “fish and rice rolls”.
· Kampai – 5th Ave. Between 30th & 32th – Tuesday – Sunday 14:00 – 23:00 hrs. – Kampai is our favorite! The word that comes to mind to describe it is “Creative”. When you go to Kampai, do not expect the usual, expect something better. Their kitchen is flawless, and the atmosphere is modern and trendy. Enjoy dinner along with wonderful martinis and a good selection of beer and sake. They have 2x1 rolls every day. Our picks: Thai Spicy, Jupiter for sushi rolls, the Roca Shrimp and the green tea ice cream for dessert (guilt free!). Expect to pay 200 – 400 MXN per person (with one drink), but trust us, it is worth on a Friday night dinner with your pals!
· Sushi Ken – 10th Ave. Between 12th and 14th (Next to CocoBongo) – Every Day 13:00 – 23:00 hrs. – Sushi Ken is the best relation Quality / Price. It is well located with air conditioned and a couple of TV’s (in case you have the world cup fever and wish to watch a game). There’s nothing wrong in Sushi Ken, it is a simple familiar place to eat affordably. They also have promotions: Tuesday 2x1 for students, Wednesday 2x1 for everybody and Thursday 3x2 for the people with more appetite (like us). Our picks: Spicy Tuna, Bandera Roll and Grinch Roll. Also try the Miso Ramen Soups and if you have a sweet teeth, try the ice cream tempura (forget about your diet!). Expect to pay 100 – 200 MXN per person. They don’t sell alcohol, so if you’re aiming for a refreshing Mexican beer, drink it somewhere else before you come to eat or try this tasty and healthy option: jasmine ice cold tea.
· Sushiclub – 10th Ave. on the corner with 26th, below hotel Be Playa – Every Day 8:00 – 1:00 hrs. – If you’re thinking about the trendy and fashionista Playa del Carmen, you’re thinking about Sushiclub. A spot with a sophisticated atmosphere, perfecto for a couple’s dinner. Every detail is perfect in this place, starting with the chair you’ll be sitting in, and also the drinks and rolls. This is a place to “warm up” on a Saturday night before you go out: good drinks, good food, excellent music (sometimes you will find great Dj’s playing).Our picks: the New York Tuna Roll or the assortment dish, which are perfect to enjoy with friends; try a little bit of everything. Expect to pay between 250 – 500 MXN per person. Martinis + Sushi + Great Music, what else can you ask for? Sushiclub also offers Home Delivery, very convenient to have dinner for two in the comfort of your own pad.
· Sushi Itto – Plaza Paseo del Carmen, 10th Ave & 1st Street – Monday to Thursday 13:00 – 23:00, Friday & Saturday 13:00 – 00:00, Sunday 13:00 – 22:00 – I think the first time I tried sushi was in a Sushi Itto in Mexico City and, as one good taken care of franchise, it tastes exactly the same than 20 years ago (that long?). Sushi Itto started in 1988 and the key for their success is the combination of the traditional Japanese cuisine with more Mexican and local ingredients. Although Sushi Itto is considered Fast Food, you can still find personalized service and their home delivery service is perfect if you’re staying in one of our condos or villas.
So, these are our picks for Sushi in the Riviera Maya, we don’t want to miss mentioning “Hola Asia”, a great restaurant that was located in Puerto Morelos and unfortunately (for us lovers of Asian food) is closed currently. We invite you to try the places listed above and let us know how your experience was, you can always visit us online or directly in our office as we offer wonderful vacation rentals options for weekly and monthly stays.