UNICO Rivera Maya is home to four restaurants, a cafe and some great pool side dining options. And with three days at the hotel, we were really looking forward to eating around the world from our beautiful surroundings. From Asian cuisine at Mura House, to pool side pizza… There’s a little bit of everything here!
After we arrived and checked into our room, I was really looking forward to a poolside cocktail and some ceviche as part of late lunch after our day of traveling! There are two restaurants by the main pools, both of which serve snacks, light lunches and anything that you’d like as an all day nibble!
I wasn’t quite in the mood to decide what to eat just yet, but a frozen daiquiri was the order of the day…!
Being in Mexico, I was more than happy to try to eat as much ceviche as possible before heading home! Fresh sea bass, topped with chilli, zesty lime – it was exactly what I wanted to cool down on a hot day! To share, we also ordered some tacos and some nachos, which weren’t quite as exciting as I had hoped, but completed a lovely, light first lunch.
Though, I think I could eat my weight in fresh, Mexican guacamole any day of the week… Especially with tomato salsa and tortilla chips. Yes, please!
And when it comes to the setting, I’m not sure you can complain at the distance from pool to restaurant! I really enjoyed that with Unlimited Inclusions, you didn’t have to keep track of anything as it was all included in your room rate to begin with! Which for us, made it even more relaxing.
At the other side of the pool, there’s a very similar restaurant, except that this little gem has a pizza oven to make the freshest, crispiest pizzas around! I really enjoyed my pizza with nduja, avocado and kalamata olives – pretty much all my favourites in one place!
Of the four main restaurants in the hotel, only 20.87 (named after the hotel’s co-ordinates) is open for lunch. 20.87 is the most casual of all the restaurants, and with its beach front location it’s great for popping in for a slightly more substantial lunch than you might order by the pool.
I really loved the decor of 20.87, which not only tied in perfectly with the rest of UNICO Riviera Maya, but also had the casual beach side chic that gave it its own personality.
And with an extensive outdoor bar, meaning you can enjoy some delicious cocktails whilst soaking up the Mexican sunshine. A pretty ideal holiday situation if you ask me!
It was also the restaurant we chose for our first night, choosing delicious steaks on these comfy outdoor sofas. Much like with the spa, I’d recommend booking your restaurants in advance, as we couldn’t get into our first choice of restaurant some nights and had later sittings than we would have chosen on others. There’s plenty of tables throughout the restaurant (especially in 20.87) so you’re guaranteed to have a lovely date night, but if you’re particular about where you’d like to go, it might be best to book!
We had a lovely habit of coming back from the pool, ordering glasses of white wine for whilst we got ready and relaxed, and enjoyed watching the sunset from our balcony…. And if you’d rather stay in, watch a film and relax in your room, room service is always an option at UNICO Riviera Maya! Make sure to order the chorizo quesedillas – they’re an absolute dream!
We headed to 20.87 for dinner on the first evening and sat listening to the waves crash on the beach.
With crisp glasses of rosé wine, and warm sourdough bread, we perused the menu to decide what to have…
Andy opted for steak (which is the specialty of the restaurant), but being so close to the sea I was craving fish, and ordered prawn skewers…
…and a parama ham and fig salad, which made a lovely, light beachside dinner.
But there’s nothing that’ll stop me ordering pudding (especially on holiday!) and so we ordered apple strudel served with fresh berries and ice cream to share.
After dinner, we headed to Bar Balam, the main hotel bar, for some incredible cocktails and to dance the night away! We really loved the fun atmosphere in this hotel, full of happy couples enjoying each other’s company and their holiday! And if you ask me, the margarita menu is a pretty excellent place to start on the cocktail menu…
In the mornings, we preferred to have breakfast in our room, on the balcony and have a really easy start to the day…
Coffee, orange juice and cooked breakfasts for Andy and French toast with lashings of maple syrup for me…
A pretty ideal way to start the day!
If you choose to head downstairs for breakfast, make your way to 20.87 where they’ll happily make you a mimosa or a bloody mary, and let you choose whatever you’d like from the buffet!
For me, pastries and fresh fruit was the way forward!
Cueva Siete is the hotel’s signature restaurant which focuses on Mexican and Yucatecan dishes. Instead of having one head chef, UNICO Rivieraa Maya have decided to rotate the head chef every once in a while, ensuring that the dishes rotate and that lesser known Mexican dishes are featured on the menu.
The real highlight of this restaurant is that they make the guacamole right in front of you, meaning you can make it just as you like! For us, we wanted an extra pinch of spice, lots of lime and a touch of salt!
For the rest of the menu, we were expecting to see more traditional Mexican dishes but were happy to try some new dishes! Including perfectly tender chicken, with a crisp, all served in a soft, fluffy bun…
Light, flavoursome cured meat salads..
And delicious, pink lamb served with roast vegetables and a poached egg.
Our favourite dish of the evening was pan fried chicken breast, with the most gloriously crisp skin, pine nuts and a parmesan crisp. I’m not sure entirely how Mexican this dish is, but it was a wonderful dish.
All served in a stunning dining room – which had an excellent tequila bar..!
And if the first thing you have to order is the guacamole, the next thing is the melt in the middle chocolate pudding…
Our favourite restaurant was Mura House, an Asian restaurant that focuses on three different styles of Japanese cuisine: teppanyaki, yakitori, and sushi. If we’d been staying for longer I’m sure that we’d have been back more than once!
The sushi and sashimi were delicious, served with a light soy dressing or just on their own – it made for a wonderful date night!
My favourite of the evening being the eel nigiri!
As there are four restaurants and we only had three nights, sadly we couldn’t visit Mi Carisa which is UNICO Riviera Maya’s Mediterranean restaurant. Everyone that we spoke to said it was a great restaurant, and for some it was their favourite. But don’t forget you can still get your pizza fix poolside at UNICO Riviera Maya!
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We paid a media rate for our stay at UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya but all opinions are my own.