The Caribbean’s Boldest New Restaurant Is at an All-Inclusive

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 25, 2016

It’s a bold, daring new restaurant — and it’s in a Caribbean all-inclusive resort.

It’s called Frida Kahlo by Alquimia, and it’s the newest restaurant at the Playacar Palace resort in Playa del Carmen.

The restaurant is the first of its kind in the region — combining haute cuisine with what it calls an “audiovisual spectacle” — in a private experience for up to 10 guests.

The restaurant also uses cooking techniques from liquid nitrogen to vacuum coffee makers in what is a two-hour dinner across 11 courses.


“Palace Resorts continually strives to enhance the guest experiences through awe-inclusive, awe-inducing amenities. The quality and attention to detail in everything we offer from cuisine and service, in-room amenities, spa offerings and stylish décor, truly separates Palace Resorts from the competition,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts. “We believe Playacar Palace’s FRIDA KAHLO by ALQUIMIA is raising the bar in industry standards, and we look forward to delighting our valued guests in Playa del Carmen for years to come.”

Playacar Palace

Playacar Palace

The concept was created by Chef Oscar Dominguez, who prepared and researched for more than a year to create the eatery.

The courses were all inspired by legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, with dishes like fiery chili with honeyed flan and tender venison with sharp orange zest paired with champagne and mezcal.

“Redefining the notion of what an all-inclusive resort can and should offer, Palace Resorts is pleased to offer guests an unmatched experience from an expert team specializing in the unexpected,” Chapur said.

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