Plank is like no other restaurant in Playa… It started as a small idea when Executive Chef Juan Diego Solombrino tried to merge a new item on his menu for a different restaurant he co-owns in the town of Playa del Carmen.
While Juan Diego and his team at Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar have raised the dining experience in Playa del Carmen to another level, it didn’t happen overnight.
Planking is considered an art in and of itself, and part of the learning curve involved the soaking of the wood, determining which wood variety provided the proper aroma, which products’ flavors could be enhanced by plank cooking, and even how to find the right level of saltiness to a meal cooked or served over Himalayan salt blocks.
Locals and visitors to Playa del Carmen have been the ones to most benefit from Juan Diego’s culinary creations. With a Sunday brunch and a level of quality that sets the bar for restaurants in Playa del Carmen, the gourmet grill on 1st Avenue and 16th Street is a treat for all the senses.
The menu at Plank is as varied as it is delicious. Plank has widened their arsenal of cooking techniques to include a wood-fired oven (recycling the wood planks), a smoker, and of course a grill. With beef, seafood, and vegetarian options, Plank has something mouth-watering for all taste buds.
A mere two years later, after Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar opened its doors to the public, Chef Juan Diego and his talented crew achieved something no other standalone restaurant in Playa del Carmen has ever accomplished, to receive the International Star Diamond Award handed out by the American Academy of Hospitality Science.