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Theater of the abstract plays a prominent role at Urban Heat, one of the most novel concepts to hit the Caribbean culinary scene in a long time.
Found only at Playa Hotels & Resorts' Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Urban Heat takes experiential dining to the next level and quickly has become a cult favorite among guests.
Esoteric and cerebral, Urban Heat builds menus around themes. The restaurant touts natural elements among a colorful décor by day, and becomes a lively backdrop for one of the most talked about experiences at this all-inclusive resort.
It's micro-entertainment with an artistic flair playing a large role in what the restaurant has to offer. While the experience varies based upon the night, the overarching concept of providing guest with a 360-degree interactive culinary experience remains.
Depending on the evening, hostesses act as flight attendants as they introduce the unique menu inspired by international flavors. Servers accommodate guests with synchronized service while the chef takes you on an intimate and interactive culinary journey.
So, what do we mean about esoteric and cerebral?
Well, consider this: Urban Heat has movie-themed nights including Orange and The Hundred Meters, which features a darkly-lit atmosphere where the menus are narrated live throughout speakers within the intimate space. This 5-course dining experience with wine pairing and lively entertainment has dynamic lighting that illuminates based upon the beat of the music all aligned with the theme and feel of each course.
Chef Jorge Luis Borges says the menu is built around a philosophical lesson learned from his father, a professor of psychology.
"It was one day after a good lunch when my father took an orange in his hand and asked me, 'What color is the fruit?' Orange I replied. 'Is this color in the orange or in the perception of it?' " Borges recalled.
"And the taste of sweetness-is that in the orange itself or is it in the sensation on your tongue that makes it sweet.' This was a revelation to me: that the outside world is as we perceive or imagine it to be. It does not exist independently of our minds. From that day forth, I realized that reality and fiction were betrothed to each other, that even our ideas are creative fictions."
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Well, that's Urban Heat. The cinematic experience, unlike any other within the space, allows you to travel the world without ever having you leave the comfort of your restaurant seat.
Rich Thomaselli has written for TravelPulse since 2014 and has been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. His work has...
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