The spice buffet is a high-end buffet in the resort that has options for everyone from vegetarians to carnivores. I am more of the later, so obviously I took pictures of the things I likes. We only frequented spice for breakfast or lunch, so I can’t speak to the dinner menu. But we usually rolled in at 11:00 after a late night and were greeted with whatever drinks we liked, we usually got Mimosas and coffee. The buffet is aligned in 4 main sections, Hot Dishes, Cold Dishes, Soups and Deserts. The hot dishes section included two make to order sections. In the morning there is an omelete bar, but which turns into a made to order hamburger bar with grilled to order toppings. To the right is the meat carving station, the day we went featured a giant carnal cut of T-Bone. It was cook rare, but the chef actually cooks it to order on the spot in front of you. I got mine medium-rare and it was delicious! The same station also features ,made to order grilled shrimp with your choice of vegetable mix-ins and cooked in wine and butter mixture. Down the hot line is about 8-10 hot dishes including fish, beef, chicken, potatoes, vegetables and shellfish..and some yummy fried mystery balls. The Cold dishes featured salads, fruits, cured meats, cold cuts, smoked fish, seafood salads and colossal chilled shrimp and cocktail sauce. The soups were usually regional mexican soups from albodigas to a sweet corn chowder with cilantro. The deserts were bite sized and always fantastic.
Hot Dishes and Whole T-Bone Steak Side awaiting custom cut and cooked to order
T-Bone Steak to order and grilled shrimp with your choice of mix ins
Assorted Hot Dishes- Ranging from vegetables, to seafood to meat. Something for every diet.
Cold Dishes from giant cocktail shrimp, seafood salads, fruit, cured meats and cold cuts, salads
Room Service Meals
The room service is generally very good, especially the breakfast items. The room service staff will bring the food into your room and set it up on the table in your room, complete with a flower and a smile. If you prefer privacy there is a ”Magic Box” that the room service attendant can pass the food to your room through a cubby hole in the wall with a door inside the room and a door outside the room. The Magic Box is perfect if your room is messy or dining naked. The dishes at room service are smaller than the overloaded North American style, but this is good because it affords you the ability to order more than one dish or even order some sides. The dishes on the room service menu can be confusing as to what you are actually going to get with names like Abelina eggs, blind pot and Caballo Eggs. The dishes always have a description, but it is not until you actually receive the dish is when you go…..”Ohhhhh thats what that is” in a pleasantly surprised way. I had a couple of favorite dishes including the smoked salmon omelette with cream cheese, caballo eggs (eggs to order with a piece of flank steak and the “blind pot” which is eggs with Machaca, herbs and cream cheese (really good). Of source every day with ordered breakfast with a big plate of bread…just in case we didn’t get enough calories. The only word of caution I would give a guest at this resort is to add 15 minutes to their time quote for a delivery time, especially when the weather is bad.
Breakfast in the comfort of your room. Eggs Caballo and the Salmon Omelette with an assortment of Mexican Breads
Chef’s Plate Dinner – Brazilian Theme
One of the signature benefits of the upgraded rooms is the ability to dine at the “chef’s plate” dinner once during your stay. The Chef’s plate dinner is essentially the Head Chef and his Sous Chef cooking a meal in an open kitchen for 12 people at a family table. The kitchen has mirrors set up so you can see their kitchen top, grill and the pass. Dinner is served in seven courses and you always leave very full. Every night there is a different dinner theme, the night we went was “Brazilian”. Overall the dishes were delicious in the execution, although I can’t say Brazilian dishes are my favorite. This is a great experience to interact with fellow resort guests and chat with the chef after the meal is cooked. One of the more interesting techniques the chef used was encasing their sauces in a gelatin sphere. I am not sure if they added gelatin to the sauce and flash froze them in balloons or employed the use of nitrogen, but it was a clever use of molecular cooking to control the sauce on the plate.
A Discussion on Wine and Spirits
The Royal Cancun offers unlimited alcohol with the all-inclusive stay, which includes some nice top-shelf liquor like Johnny Walker Black Label, Absolute and Frangelico. Their staff is well-trained in the art of mixing drinks and even creating custom drinks on demand. For all the resorts strengths in the food and alcohol department, one of the few failings of the resort is their poor selection and quality of inclusive house wine. There was about 6 types of house wine available at the resort, most of these were Tempranillos and Sauvignon Blanc. Of these 6 wines, they were all from Chili, Argentina and Spain. These regions generally produce some high quality wines, although what was available with all-inclusive package was not representative of these wine regions. My wife an I are large consumers of wine and at this point we know a good quality wine from a poor ones. With the exception of two wines, the resports house wines were of lower quality. If I were to go to my local wine shop or even a super-market, I would describe their wines as $5-10 bottles in the imported section. Their wines are nothing I would take to a dinner party and nothing I would serve to someone I was trying to impress. They did have a large wine list in some of the restaurants, but these wines were subject to extra charges and not worth it in an all-inclusive resort.
If consuming high-quality wine is critical to you, I would recommend budgeting for it. Their wine selection is their only and major drawback to their otherwise exceptional food, service, and other bar products. If you are the General Manager of the resort and reading this last paragraph, you should know this is one of the top complaints I heard from affluent Americans, Europeans and even a couple Japanese couples we met If you are a consumer reading this post, I would tell you that this is only a very small blemish in their otherwise spotless service and offerings.
My Final Thoughts
Our stay at The Royal Cancun was extremely pleasant with great food and exceptional service at all levels. Their tag line is ”Expect the Exceptional” and after a week of eating their food and experiencing their customer service I truly do believe it. Thanks to the staff for a great stay. Please also see my complete review of the The Royal Cancun resort on my travel blog. TandDsbucketlist.wordpress.com (this post will be up in a couple of days).
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