Romantic Dinner on the Beach

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We walk to our dinner on the beach. It is outside of Las Brisa. They decorate it beautifully.



It is a very nice evening for it, not terribly windy.

We are greeted by Jorge, our waiter. He tells us it is his first Romantic Dinner. He is very nice and does a great job.

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Havana has to hone in on the pictures. She is such a diva.

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There are rolled up menus, tied with ribbon on our plates. We take a look at them and immediately realize it is the wrong menu. We had chosen the Lobster Thermidore and this was the Beef Tournedos, which I had just had the night before. There was a quick discussion about whether we should tell them. Realizing that they had everything here for this menu and it would take time to bring things for the other menu, we decided to just go with the flow.

In my real life, I am much more type A than this. But on vacation, it just doesn’t seem worth it to make a big deal over one meal or another. I may have been more worked up about it if we had paid for the dinner, but it was comped. We just decided to enjoy the evening, the champagne (which was Moet Chandon and we had paid extra for that) and each other’s company.

Really, life is too short and vacation time is too precious, to get upset over little things. With a view like this, and a bottle of Moet, everything was inconsequential. We decided it was all good.




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The first course came, which was a Ratatouille type dish.



Everything was presented so nicely. Jorge was very attentive and kept our glasses filled with Moet.





The next course was a salad course.



There was a wedding couple having pictures taken on the beach. If I got married today, I would definitely do a beach wedding in Mexico.



This couple walked by. I was sorry that I didn’t have on my sunglasses because that was one bright cover-up.



The Ocean Front building was so pretty with all the balcony lights on.



I do not know who took these pictures!

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Jorge was so nice. He took good care of us.

The main course, Beef Tournedos, arrived.  It was beautifully presented.

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Just an FYI, overcooked meat is a recurrent problem in Mexico. Or at least at AI’s, which is where I have had the vast majority of my meals. You might want to order a little rarer than you usually do. They can always cook it a little more if it’s not done enough, but you can uncook meat.

The night was just so beautiful.

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Jorge brought the final course, Crepes Suzette. I was wondering if they would, since I had ordered the cake.

The chef came out with Jorge when he brought the cake. She asked how everything was. I lied and said it was great. The food may not have been great, but the evening certainly was. And the cake was amazing.  And HUGE!

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We were so full that we could only eat small slices of the deliciousness. I never expected it to be so big. I thought maybe it would be a 2 or 4 person cake. This could easily have served 8-12.

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We asked Jorge if we could get a ride to the Lobby Bar and take the cake with us. We walked to the front of Las Brisa and he took the cake. He was running all over, trying to get us a ride.



Then he pulled out two chairs for us to sit on. We were really fine to stand, but he wanted us to be comfortable. Finally the golf cart came. DSCN0761 DSCN0762

We took the cake to the Lobby Bar and told Humberto to share it with the staff.

It was a memorable dinner for Zung’s 66th birthday. The celebration was not over yet. Tonight was the new Beatles Tribute Show.



This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures!

  2. My friends got a similar cake for my 40th at the Maya but it had a dark chocolate ganache on it with white chocolate webbing – it was delightful. We also shared the leftover with the staff in the restaurant because they were amazing in singing, making birthday hats out of napkins etc.

    Too bad about the menu mix-up. I agree they tend to overcook meat and always order a little less done then I would at home.

  3. Haha, I love these pictures! The starfish is awesome.

  4. Looks like it was windy for your dinner. I’ve always wondered about bugs during those dinners…did you havce any problems?

    1. It was a little windy, but not too bad. We did not have any issues with bugs.

      1. I love how Zung’s hair is always perfect, wind or no wind.

  5. We’re leaving Sunday for our first trip to the Grand! Been a loyal Royal Playa del Carmen follower but opting for something new 🙂 My best friend’s birthday is during our stay and I wanted to surprise her with a dinner on the beach. When I emailed for reservations today I asked about it and they said it was $311/couple!!! More than what our room is! So I was just wondering if you could give me any info on how you were able to snag a comped dinner? Thank you!!!

    1. I think it probably had something to do with it being my tenth visit. I have also referred a lot of people to the Grand. It sounds like you got an incredible room rate though!

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