Where’s The Beef?
In Playa del Carmen, it can be quite challenging to find a great steak. I grew up in the “Wild West” province of Alberta—home of Canada’s best beef. Succulent steak dinners with all the trimmings were a frequent family tradition! I didn’t realize how high my steak standards actually were until I moved to Playa and began a quest for the best steakhouse in this beautiful beach town.
When I crave the tastes of home, I always find comfort in Argentinian food. Its cuisine can be summed up in one word: BEEF! Argentina’s temperate southeastern Pampas region is prime cattle country. (How fitting that the neighbouring region of Mendoza supplies world-renowned red wines! Red wine + steak = match made in heaven.) With high expectations, my friend and I decided to check out Sur Steakhouse last week. It did not disappoint!
Established in Calle Corazon for several years, Sur has moved to a glamorous new location on the corner of 5th Avenue and 10th Street. The open-air, loft layout is appealing and spacious, offering ocean breezes and corner views of the pedestrian thoroughfare. The ambiance is warmly contemporary, with candlelit table settings, and brick arches and pillars with trailing vines and palms. The bar area features a huge flatscreen TV centred in a backlit wall showcasing a soaring collection of superb liqueurs. Upstairs, the dining area overlooking 5th Ave is even more intimate. Families with children will enjoy the large glass floor panel that allows views of the goings-on below!
We started with aperitifs and the Provoleta—a typical Argentinian cheese that is grilled until toasty and golden. Complemented with tomato, oregano, and olive oil, its smoky flavor was delightful. Freshly-baked bread and chimichurri (a blend of oil, vinegar and finely chopped herbs) also arrived at the table.
The service was impeccable! Our waiter recommended the Rustic Filet—Sur’s signature steak. This sumptuous tenderloin cut is prepared with a walnut cheese crust and red-wine reduction. It comes with a side of asparagus (delicious, although a baked potato would have been a welcome addition as well). The extensive wine list made my decision difficult! A velvety, mild-bodied Malbec paired beautifully with my meal.
The dessert menu seemed passable—creme brûlée, soufflé, and a Patagonian hazelnut specialty, among other offerings—but unfortunately we were too full to partake!
Sur Steakhouse is definitely an ideal choice to celebrate a memorable special occasion. Its location can’t be beat, and the menu and service are excellent. The next time you stay at Corto Maltes, El Faro, or any other Rentals Your Way condo, go ahead and see if your steak expectations can be satisfied there!
Written by Kelly G.