While on vacation in Mexico this past month, we took a trip into Puerto Vallarta. It was Larry's birthday and fortunately for the rest of us, he wanted to dine at Cafe Des Artistes. This was truly one of the top five dining experiences I have ever had. The restaurant is owned by award winning Chef Thierry Blouet and is incredible in every detail. The interior walls are adorned with fine art and the outdoor garden where we dined was spectacular. The service and the food were impeccable and truly one of a kind.
We sat outdoors in the garden which is upstairs and behind the restaurant. We dined under the branches of a tree with a great view of the rest of the beautifully lit space. The menu was varied and the prices were very good for the food we were served. I started with an incredible White Almond gazpacho with Tomato Ice Cream, very good and very inventive. The gazpacho was dressed in pine nuts and drizzled with olive oil and the tomato ice cream was very good. My dinner consisted of nice thick slices of perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, divided by thinly sliced potatoes that were baked with cheese and come out cracker thin and crispy. There was also a wonderful vegetable gratin and all was served atop a nicely spiced chipotle sauce. For dessert I had a creamy fruit custard that was topped with fresh berries.
Everyone at the table had great food and we all enjoyed it. They served delicious breads with 3 types of butter and between courses they served us a carpaccio served over a potato gratin. This place is a true jewel.
Cafe Des Artistes Bistro Gourmet is located at Gaudalupe Sanchez 740 Centro Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 322-22 232 28.