Pitahayas – LCM 42 Winter 2016

Breathtaking views. An exceptional menu. The most magnificent palapa roof you’ll likely ever see. There is no one single thing that sets Pitahayas apart but rather a collection of wonderful elements. Chef Volker Romeike creates Pacific Rim dishes such as tempura of honey pineapple topped with duck prosciutto and a cream sauce with a nice but not-too-hot bite for starters. Roasted beet salad with arugula and wasabi dressing might follow. The seafood symphony of broiled shrimp, soft shell crab, and lobster satay with mango coulis is definitely a winner as are chicken bites prepared in a wok with a crispy vegetable roll, served with a cherry mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine) plum reduction and mashed potatoes. Meat lovers can enjoy New York steak, lamb chops, and petite filet mignon grilled to perfection on the Pacific grill. Save room for zango banana cheesecake or share the trio of crème brûlée. For intimate dining, book the elegant wine cellar La Cava de Santiago, which houses 400 labels of domestic and international wines. For 14 years running, Pitahayas has been awarded the Five Diamond Award, and this past year, it earned the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Hacienda del Mar, Cabo del Sol, km 10 on the Tourist Corridor, Cabo Sa Lucas, (624) 145-8010, www.pitahayas.com. Nightly 5 p.m.–11 p.m. AmEx, MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $$–$$$ S.A.B.