Two Unique Puerto Vallarta Dining Experiences

Japanice Restaurant, in Puerto Vallarta's El Centro

The fact that Puerto Vallarta has an amazing array of choices when it comes to dining is no secret to many. And our town has spent decades perfecting the fine art of creating unforgettable experiences at the dinner table. There are annual events such as the International Gourmet Festival which takes place every November, or Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week every May. VirtualVallarta.com has over fifty of Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants listed on its online dining section, and an increasing number of them (15 as of this writing) accept reservations online through OpenTable.com. Add to this the uncountable traditional Mexican eateries, usually catering to locals, but always garnering attention among visitors, along with taco stands available in just about every other corner. Rest assured, you will not leave the town hungry.

Needless to say, competition is fierce among these eateries, each one of them aiming to stand tall in tourists’ memories. I have quite a few spots that offer spectacular food on my frequent-dining list. From that list, here are two unique Puerto Vallarta dining experiences you may want to consider for yourself.

Eat Grasshoppers at El Arrayán

Grasshopper tacos at El Arrayán

Don’t cringe! Well, at least, not yet. Eating chapulines (grasshoppers in Spanish) and other insects is a widespread tradition throughout Mexico, particularly in the state of Oaxaca. They are usually eaten toasted, as a snack, or as a filling, as is the case in El Arrayán, where they are served as tacos.

Cook Your Meat on a Rock at Japanice

Scallops cooked ishiyaki style at Japanice

Ishiyaki, or using a hot stone instead of a grill to cook your meat at the table is a fun and traditional way to cook food. At Japanice, the hot rocks are placed over thin orange slices, infusing the thinly-sliced rib eye with a soothing aroma. The restaurant itself is so stunning, visually, I was compelled to create a 360º panoramic image of Japanice a while back. Check it out!

2 thoughts on “Two Unique Puerto Vallarta Dining Experiences

  1. First of all, let me say ‘YUM”. Second, I just wanted to add that Oaxacans say that if you wish to return to Oaxaca one day, eating grasshoppers is a must. Who knows if it’s true but I loved it enough to want to return and so made sure I had some during my trip. What I do know is that El Arrayan prepares amazingly authentic Mexican specialties and I’d recommend anything on their menu to those wishing to explore the depths of Mexican cuisine.

    The rock also seems pretty cool. It’ll be next on my list! Thanks Paco.

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  2. Rock is a blast! Plus they are experimenting with different meats. I tried it with scallops last night. They were infused with a nice ginger butter, which kept them from sticking to the rock. Tasty!

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Two Unique Puerto Vallarta Dining Experiences

Japanice Restaurant, in Puerto Vallarta's El Centro

The fact that Puerto Vallarta has an amazing array of choices when it comes to dining is no secret to many. And our town has spent decades perfecting the fine art of creating unforgettable experiences at the dinner table. There are annual events such as the International Gourmet Festival which takes place every November, or Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week every May. VirtualVallarta.com has over fifty of Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants listed on its online dining section, and an increasing number of them (15 as of this writing) accept reservations online through OpenTable.com. Add to this the uncountable traditional Mexican eateries, usually catering to locals, but always garnering attention among visitors, along with taco stands available in just about every other corner. Rest assured, you will not leave the town hungry.

Needless to say, competition is fierce among these eateries, each one of them aiming to stand tall in tourists’ memories. I have quite a few spots that offer spectacular food on my frequent-dining list. From that list, here are two unique Puerto Vallarta dining experiences you may want to consider for yourself.

Eat Grasshoppers at El Arrayán

Grasshopper tacos at El Arrayán

Don’t cringe! Well, at least, not yet. Eating chapulines (grasshoppers in Spanish) and other insects is a widespread tradition throughout Mexico, particularly in the state of Oaxaca. They are usually eaten toasted, as a snack, or as a filling, as is the case in El Arrayán, where they are served as tacos.

Cook Your Meat on a Rock at Japanice

Scallops cooked ishiyaki style at Japanice

Ishiyaki, or using a hot stone instead of a grill to cook your meat at the table is a fun and traditional way to cook food. At Japanice, the hot rocks are placed over thin orange slices, infusing the thinly-sliced rib eye with a soothing aroma. The restaurant itself is so stunning, visually, I was compelled to create a 360º panoramic image of Japanice a while back. Check it out!

2 thoughts on “Two Unique Puerto Vallarta Dining Experiences

  1. First of all, let me say ‘YUM”. Second, I just wanted to add that Oaxacans say that if you wish to return to Oaxaca one day, eating grasshoppers is a must. Who knows if it’s true but I loved it enough to want to return and so made sure I had some during my trip. What I do know is that El Arrayan prepares amazingly authentic Mexican specialties and I’d recommend anything on their menu to those wishing to explore the depths of Mexican cuisine.

    The rock also seems pretty cool. It’ll be next on my list! Thanks Paco.

    Like

  2. Rock is a blast! Plus they are experimenting with different meats. I tried it with scallops last night. They were infused with a nice ginger butter, which kept them from sticking to the rock. Tasty!

    Like

Comments are closed.