After a long blogging hiatus, A Life With Peace is back! Starting with a travel recap. Puerto Vallarta is known for it's stunning views and beaches, but what's not to be missed is the food here. There are amazing local spots as well as fine dining restaurants (yes! fine dining) that are a part of Puerto Vallarta. Continue reading for the full restaurant list to help guide your next trip to Puerto Vallarta.
As we were sitting in the pool of our condo, a local that has retired to Puerto Vallarta for 21 years gave us this recommendation. He said to walk on the beach for about 20 minutes or so and you will see little shacks of hole in the wall restaurants, right on the beach. We were intrigued so the next morning we set on our *not so little* walk down the beach. We finally found this little seafood spot and the first thing we got were freshhh coconuts. We see them right next to us making the food in a small area with the beach right along the other side. The seafood is fresh and the knife cuts are similar to a trained michelin star chef. The pico de gallo is cut so thin and the produce is so fresh, I'm not sure if there's anything better.
We ordered langostino with diablo sauce, shrimp cocktail and octopus tostadas. The two places in Puerto Vallarta we had octopus, it was so tender. Normally, octopus is chewy, even if it is good quality octopus. But not here. Maybe because they catch it right then and there... But it's unlike any other octopus I've ever had. We took a cab back to our condo because we didn't want to walk back on the hot beach and it was a LONG ride back because we had to go around everything to get back. We went through a jungle-like view where we saw crocodiles and had a bumpy ride, but it was beautiful! Definitely a good locals spot to hit in Puerto Vallarta.
Cafe Des Artistes
Cafe Des Artistes is a fine dining restaurant not to be missed. They have a course tasting but you can also order a la carte, and the prices... and not as bad as Los Angeles or other expensive cities for the amount and quality of the food you would get here. The decor is modern and classy with gorgeous floral plates when you sit down. It's located in a cute little town in Puerta Vallarta giving it a really rustic feel.
Highlights were the octopus. Again, the octopus in Puerta Vallarta was just... melt in your mouth, easy to cut, easy to chew and delicious. All the other dishes were plating perfectly, and tasted even better. Items as simple as the traditional bread and cheese were elevated with spinach and seaweed compound butter on ice.
Other dishes that I loved was the salmon tartare, which was plated beautifully with circle dollops of a type of guacamole mousse. I think I can eat this dish every day for the rest of the my life, because it was the perfect salmon tartare. It wasn't ground salmon where it's all mushy, it was cut pieces of really fresh salmon.
Another spectacular part of this meal was the dessert. It comes on a full edible tray with macarons, sauces and then the a la carte dessert items. *Pro Tip: When making your reservation, say it's a special occasion to get the full dessert experience.
*Guadalupe Sanchez 740, Col. Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Victors Place Tacuba Restaurant & Bar
If you're looking for a traditional breakfast, go to Victors located in Marina Vallarta. It was so amazing to meet Victor and other business owners in the area and see how sweet and passionate they are about their food and restaurants. I loved the chilaquiles and huevos rancheros.
Hoping to get our sushi fix, we searched yelp for a good looking sushi place and we decided on Hiroshi, located inside Hotel Mousai which is sitting in the middle of nowhere, right on top of the beach in between a forest-like feel. It took us a while to get to the hotel from our condo but the views were worth the drive. When we got to the hotel, we needed to wait for the sushi restaurant so we went to the rooftop bar to grab a drink and some snacks. The view on the rooftop was one of the most stunning views I've ever seen. Luckily, it was just getting dark so I was able to see the view for a couple of minutes. The rooftop had an infinity pool overlooking the vast ocean (sorry, don't have a great picture). Will be back though!
We ordered watermelon cocktails which were awesome and a crudite and skewer platter. Although this hotel was made more for tourists and not locals, and the price reflected that, it was still delicious food and a gorgeous hotel. It was finally time for our sushi and we ordered sashimi, nigiri and aji kobe. I tried grasshoppers for the first time as well, which was... interesting and crunchy!