Pelicanos Restaurant at Royal Playa del Carmen
Last week, I had the most delicious seafood dish at the Pelicanos at The Royal in Playa del Carmen. It was grilled seafood: prawns, clams, shrimp and a fish filet (presumably sea bass). The sauce was made of Annatto seed and tasted like Siracha but not as spicy. Does anyone have the recipe? It was delish! I ate it three times during the time I was there.
The daily drink being served around the pool was a Mexican Kiss, a frozen drink with melon liquer in the bottom. It was a cross between a pina colada and a margarita. Any idea how to make it? Thanks.
Highly recommend The Royal. We had the ROYAL treatment. Fabulous.
So many pelicans in the Mexican Riviera...let's be sure not to confuse them! I have not tried Pelicanos at the Royal, but your experience sounds great. I enjoy Los Pelicanos to the north in Puerto Morelos for grilled conch, ceviche, and guac, and also Pelicano Inn in PDC for nice breakfasts and traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
It's a shame you didn't ask about the sauce on the grilled seafood while you were eating it. I enjoy the mild flavor of annatto (achiote), and I disagree with those who say it is for color only. It is always included with traditional Yucatec baked redfish, with very thin slices of onions, sweet and medium chilies, roma tomatoes,and limes, baked in a large banana leaf.
Thanks for the reply. You know, when you are enjoying so much, you forget the details, such as asking how something is prepared. I have since found several online companies who sell achiote. One is La Perla Spice. They sell the seeds and the paste. I am ordering muey pronto. Perfecto. Then, living on the coast as I do, off Galveston, I can prepare my own fresh seafood and enjoy that spice all over again. Heaven. Thanks for your response. Believe me, it was not only for the color. It was a wonderful flavor. But, I have to admit that our pristine white cloth napkins were quite colorful when we finished our dish.