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Karisma Hotels & Resorts continues to grab culinary recognition for its Gourmet Inclusive Experience, with Le Chique at Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma distinguished as “Best of the Best” and “Best Restaurant in a Hotel” by Mexico’s prestigious Gourmet Awards.
Catering to adults 18 years and older, the highbrow dining adventure infuses avant-garde cuisine, top-shelf libations and lively Buddha bar music – all centered around its signature 12-course “Author’s Dinner.”
At the helm during the dining process, Le Chique Executive Chef Jonatán Gómez Luna Torres “tells a story” with each course through inventive techniques to create unique flavors, textures and shapes. Underscoring Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to culinary excellence, Chef Jonatán guides 21 chefs – including 16 students from various culinary schools located throughout Mexico.
The chef’s culinary prowess and experimentation exemplifies Riviera Maya’s native Yucatan influences through authentic, seasonal Mexican ingredients while reflecting his background with molecular gastronomical cuisine and training at one of the country’s globally acclaimed restaurants.
Le Chique challenges perceptions of how gourmet fare should feel, taste and look. Adopting a Modernist Cuisine approach, Chef Jonatán and his team deconstructs and then reconstructs foods to resemble something different than what they actually are.
It should be no surprise that cuisine this inventive is both figuratively and literally placed on a pedestal. Dishes are actually served atop a pedestal within a hollowed-out book resting on a sling.
“We go to great lengths to create a memorable experience for our guests through bold, fun, cutting-edge cuisine using the most innovative cooking techniques and fresh and authentic Mexican ingredients,” says Chef Jonatán.
A Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommelier, Le Chique’s Petrus Coenders adds to the flair by dazzling guests with a resplendent marriage of food and wine. Coenders globetrots to acquire remarkable vintages designed to complement Chef Jonatán’s revered style.
In addition to its most recent awards, Le Chique has also received nods as Travel + Leisure Mexico’s Best Tasting Menu and Wine Spectator’s Awards of Excellence. The restaurant has been spotlighted in the bestselling book, Where Chefs Eat, and touted by Rene Redzepi of Noma as “without a doubt, one of the most cutting-edge restaurants around.”
While included complimentary as part of Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive Experience for guests of Azul Sensatori Hotel, foodies staying at different resorts can also enjoy the 12-course “Author’s Dinner” for $150 per person. As a perfect complement, a choice of Jackson Family Wines wine pairings range from $35-49 per person. Guests staying at other Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties are invited to splurge on the edible journey for $110 per person inclusive of wine pairings.
Based on double occupancy, per person nightly Gourmet Inclusive rates at the 435-suite Azul Sensatori Hotel range from $276 for a Luxury Jacuzzi Suite to $645 for a Premium Jacuzzi Swim Up Suite. Including taxes and fees, rates cover all gourmet meals served a la carte, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service and full service concierge.
With pool, garden, ocean or oceanfront views, all accommodations feature air conditioning, 32¨ plasma TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, king bed, two queen or one queen + sofa bed, in-suite hydro jet Jacuzzi, radio/alarm clock, safety deposit box, amenity kit, once-daily stocked minibar, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, oversized balcony or terrace, direct dial telephone, deluxe bathrobes, marble bathroom with rain forest showerhead, hairdryer, double sink and vanity mirror.