Al Cielo translates to “Heaven” and this wonderful beachfront restaurant in Xpu-Ha with the sound of the waves meeting the shore, stars and candles twinkling and savory flavors to delight in provides just that.
Last night I had a rare opportunity to enjoy dinner with a group of friends at Al Cielo. The owner and my amigo, Andres Olavarrieta, recently told me he had a new menu, so with friends visiting it was the perfect time to sample some of the new fare. Located on Xpu Ha beach just south of Puerto Aventuras, it is a short drive from Puerto and the Akumal area.
Cocktails before dinner were divine and the waiters did a super job getting our orders correct considering there were 10 of us moving about the place hugging and kissing hello. The chef sent out a little appetizer of octopus (pulpo) ceviche for us to enjoy while we flipped the pages of the menu. Red wine flowed throughout the meal. All the salads were delicious. My friend raved about his duck salad. Our entrees included every seafood! White clams, sea bass, grouper and lobster were being prepared in the kitchen. The menu also had sashimi, seared tuna and steaks. Portion sizes were perfect, however the lobster was enough for two! I had the clams and they were simply delectable, right down to the crunchy bread I used to sop up the garlic, wine and butter sauce.
Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! We had at least three different desserts – chocolate mousse, coconut mousse, a light yogurt-parfait with berries, and creme brulee! Everyone had a favorite. The fresh berries served with each were ripe and luscious. It was a very indulgent night out on the beach.
For a special evening out or no reason at all, try Al Cielo. For dinner, make reservations via email especially during the holidays h. They are open for lunch too. Al Cielo also features a boutique hotel so you can spend your vacation with both fine food and beach right outside your door.