Wednesday, September 08, 2010 7:54 AM
Hurrah! Indian Food in Playa del Carmen
When I got the call on Friday night, I was curious. Isac Bermann, son of legendary Playa restaurateurs Per Langoe and Lena Bermann (Babes Noodles and Bar), was having what he referred to as a "test" dinner at his new restaurant. Having achieved a popular local following with his fresh healthy cuisine at Bermann and Bermann Cafe, Isac recently took over two storefronts in the Hotel Eclipse on 1st Ave. in the heart of Playa's club zone with his new endeavor, SWEco. The new restaurant has been open for a few weeks now and neither Rob nor I had been able to stop in to check out the menu offerings. I was delighted about this unexpected invitation which gave me the just the motivation I needed to get down there and try out Isac's food.
Isac had assembled a small group of friendly but discerning palates to test out his new menu. Of course, the lovely Per and Lena were on hand joined by Sara and Steve (Playa Maya News), Michelle and Jorge (Playa Dentist), Monica (Latido de Mexico) and Greco (Dirty Martini), Michael (Caribe Sunrise) and me!
Sara and Monica
Jorge and Michelle
A welcome cocktail to start the evening. Minty, limey and super fresh!
New to the SWEco menu: Chicken in red curry, dhal, rice, chutney, raita and a fresh garden salad. Served with fresh, warm Naan, this meal was a big hit. All the flavors were spot on. Admittedly, I have yet to travel to India so my only comparison is Indian food we have enjoyed back in New York, but it tasted right to me. All the seasonings were well balanced, spicy and sweet working off of one another with the crisp salad and cooling raita to snap your taste buds in another direction.
My fellow "test dinner" companions.
Sara and Jorge
Late night at SWEco. Yes, those are video games being played, projected on the back wall.
Steve, our host Isac, Sara and Michael
The style and decor is decidedly Swedish but if you have been looking for an outlet for your Indian food cravings SWEco is the place to go. Isac and his partner Christian are serving curry and a beer for 95 pesos and working additional items into the existing line-up. This new menu offering is sure to be popular both for those looking to dine in or take home. SWEco has a full bar and a friendly bar staff eager to whip up a fancy martini or whatever suits your fancy! If you tried SWEco in the first few weeks that it was open or, if you haven't yet ventured down to 1st Ave. to see what he's up to, you may want to give this fresh new restaurant a try. It's a great new addition to the cultural melting pot of the Playa del Carmen culinary scene.