The other afternoon a few friends and I went for shrimp tacos at El Oasis! It has been one of my favorite lunch spots in Playa del Carmen for the last 10 years. The breezy palapa-style layout is inviting, the service is fantastic, and the food is well-priced & delicious!
Though the main course dishes are substantial & scrumptious, we typically order the fish or shrimp tacos and a beer or two to wash it down. Tacos are ordered a-la-carte and range in price from $15 to $22 pesos each.
As my friends and I arrive, we are warmly greeted by several members of the staff (the semi-open kitchen allows you to see the chefs preparing meals). We enjoy the cheerful merengue music playing over the sound system as we place our drink order. The menu includes a variety of soft drinks, fresh fruit blends, horchata water, jamaica water and of course beer & margaritas!
Chips & salsa arrive at the table with drinks, followed quickly by our order. The seafood is always delightfully fresh—it comes breaded and fried to golden perfection and placed in a double corn tortilla with pico de gallo topping. (The tacos also can be prepared without breading or frying. It’s nice to have options!) The waiter delivers some tasty sauces to flavor our meal: tamarindo sauce, seriously spicy green chile sauce, and mayo. To be truly Mexican, try a squeeze of lime and dash of salt and your taco is good to go!
With such generous portions of shrimp, we each can muscle down 3 tacos at most. Dessert is offered but we just have another beer and enjoy the afternoon breeze. The total bill comes to under $10 US per person and we are stuffed!
If you’re looking for a tasty lunch or early dinner in a cute local spot, look no further than El Oasis! Its central location on the highway between Calle 24 & 26 in Playa del Carmen allows for easy access. The service is friendly & fast and the prices are great. Next time you book an oceanfront condo in Playa del Carmen with Rentals Your Way, make sure to visit El Oasis!
- Palapa—a thatched roof made of dried palm branches
- Horchata—a milky, vanilla / cinnamon-flavored drink made from rice
- Jamaica—a reddish juice made from steeping hibiscus flowers and adding sugar (tastes like pomegranate juice or raspberry iced tea)
- Pico de Gallo—slang term for fresh salsa made of chopped tomatoes, onions, chilies, lime & cilantro (literally means “Rooster’s Beak”)
- Tamarindo—a sweet brown sauce made from the tamarind fruit (tastes like teriyaki sauce)
Written by Kelly G.