The Dining Guide LCM #34 – Page 3

Chamuyo

Good restaurants provide you with a delicious meal and a memorable experience. Excellent restaurants transport you. Chamuyo (it’s pronounced “shamoshow”) sends you on a culinary adventure through Buenos Aires dance halls and the verdant Pampas. Bring the appetite of a gaucho to this moonlit Argentine grill, where you’ll dine on monster 22-ounce beef ribs that chef Marcelo Romby—a talented Argentine import—slow cooks for more than four hours. Meat-stuffed empanadas come fried or oven baked, and they serve as excellent starters. For a surefire excellent meal, opt for the dinner for two. It includes beef rib, sausage, rib eye, salad, and a bottle of wine for $68 U.S.; the dinner for four is $129 U.S. There are also wood-fired pizzas, fish, homemade pasta, Argentine sausage served with salad, and Milanesa sandwiches. End with bread pudding, flan, or Argentine crepes made with seasonal fruit. Paseo del Pescador at Acuario, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-4900, www.loscabosguide.com/chamuyo restaurant/index.html. Nightly 5 p.m.–midnight. All major credit cards and vouchers accepted. $$–$$$$ A.A.

De Cortez Grill & Restaurant

This is one of the most beautiful settings in Los Cabos to enjoy the magnificent view of the Sea of Cortés, catch a brilliant sunset, or fantasize under a magical full moon. You can now do so with a redesigned mesquite grill-driven menu by new executive chef Manuel De Luca. Want to taste it all? Share the mixed grill of lobster, shrimp, jumbo scallops, flank steak, and lamb chops. If possible, save room for dessert. The menu features a variety of outstanding concoctions including the white chocolate with raspberries, and they all would provide a perfect ending to a perfect evening. All vegetables are organic and grown at nearby farms, personally selected by the chef. Live music Wednesday through Saturday. Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, km 10 on the Tourist Corridor, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 145-8000, ext. 4087. Nightly 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m. All major credit cards and vouchers accepted. $$–$$$$ S.B.

Dos Mares Marina Grill & Bar

Since opening on the Cabo San Lucas Marina in December, the stylish Dos Mares Marina Grill & Bar has made quite an impression. The location is picture perfect: Take in romantic views of the gleaming water, polished yachts, and pretty people who stroll the walkway. Mediterranean menu items pop; there’s seafood, pastas, gourmet pizzas, and steaks. The food is every bit the equal of the views. If you’re coming for dinner, start with the tuna sashimi, an excellent example of chef Juan Manuel Sánchez’s creative approach to contemporary Mediterranean-style cuisine. This succulent appetizer matches traditional accents like fennel and goat cheese with the zesty tang of fresh orange, a tropical flavor burst that infuses an old standard with new vitality. Bold and unexpected combinations are Sánchez’s stock and trade, and his pairings of seemingly incongruous ingredients produce some spectacular results. Continue on your culinary journey with the creamy portobello mushroom soup or a signature smoked salad topped with guajillo vinaigrette, then tuck into exquisitely crafted entrées like the filet mignon in port sauce with mushrooms, zucchini, and caramelized shallots. The fresh catch of the day is also a superb choice, particularly when served bathed in the chef’s heavenly pink sauce. Afterwards, don’t even think about skipping dessert. Given Dos Mares’ decadent selection of sweet tooth–pleasing platters, your taste buds will never forgive you. And don’t worry about mal de mer when the bill arrives. The prices are just as perfect as everything else at this chic waterfront eatery. Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-0582, www.dosma rescabo.com. Daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m. AmEx, MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ C.S.

El Coral

There is something inexplicably appealing and comforting about the wafting aroma of a mesquite grill. Perhaps that is part of what has kept El Coral—Cabo San Lucas’s oldest still-operating restaurant—in business for all these years. The kitchen churns out traditional Mexican and fresh local seafood specialities, while the space oozes old-fashioned charm. There are colorful murals and festive furnishings as well as photos of Cabo from way-back-when. The grilled red snapper, served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, is perhaps the most popular dish, but the barbecue pork ribs, lobster tail, and giant wet burrito with pork and chile colorado sauce also have their enthusiasts. In addition to comfort food staples like nachos, tacos, and enchiladas, the menu features steaks and seafood as well as kid-friendly options. The Bartender’s Margarita—made with Hornitos tequila, Cointreau, and cranberry juice—is a personal favorite. For dessert, sample the flan and signature flaming coffee cocktails. Boulevard Marina and Miguel Hidalgo, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-0150. Daily noon to 10 p.m. AmEx, MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ C.S.

Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa

While you visit the “pueblo mágico,” or “magical village,” Todo Santos, don’t leave the boutique hotel Guaycura off your list of must-see places and experiences. The beautifully appointed Guaycura (Y-KOO-RA) Boutique Hotel & Spa, which is located about one hour north of Cabo San Lucas, offers lush accommodations as well as a variety of services, including massages and on-site gourmet restaurant. The building is perfectly situated for catching the best views in town and was originally built in the 19th century. Its history is unique and colorful. This skillfully renovated space is in the heart of Todos Santos and has served as a post office, a police station, and even an art academy for young women, among other things. The restaurant offers fine traditional Mediterranean cuisine enhanced with unique Mexican flavors. The menu lists choices expertly crafted from locally sourced ingredients; try the grilled octopus, or simply enjoy the extraordinary fresh breads and rolls prepared daily. The sopa de mariscos, or seafood soup, is light and fresh. For the main entrée, we suggest the New Zealand roasted lamb rack in mint essence or the prime rib—always a favorite. Duo of the sea with its jumbo shrimp and scallops in a creamy rich three chili sauce is succulent and done to perfection. To finish in style, opt for the lava brownie, artfully presented with lime sorbet and a strawberry, or simply enjoy the best cup of coffee in Southern Baja; it is rich, dark, and topped with creamy foam. At the corner of Legaspi and Topete, Todos Santos, (612) 175-0800, www.guaycu ra.com.mx. Daily 7a.m.–11 p.m. AmEx, MasterCard, Visa and vouchers accepted. $–$$ W.A.