By Aran Shetterly September 15, 2010 - 12:11
The view from the restaurant at the Four Seasons Punta Mita is incomparable. The food is good and the pricey beers are deliciously cold. But, if you are tooling around that stretch of the Riviera Nayarit and are feeling the urge for something other than five star service, there's a restaurant you shouldn't miss.
On the right hand side, a few kilometers from the entrance to Punta Mita along the road that runs by Litibu and ends up in Sayulita, look for a modest sign advertising the Restaurante Oasis. You pull off right there and sit under a simple palapa. There isn't much of a view, but the home cooking is to die for.
They serve up hand made tortillas, bean quesadillas, and delicious slow roasted salsas. That's just for starters. I have never been a big fan of the spicy, lime cooked shrimp dish called aguachile de camaron. While I really enjoy fish ceviche, I tend to prefer my shrimp grilled, roasted or steamed.
The Oasis completely reinvented aguachile de camaron for my tongue and mind. The shrimp were fresh and melt-in-your-mouth savory. The cucumber and red onion offered perfect counterpoints to the tangy, chilied lime. The plate is big enough to share, but with help from a few sips of beer it was gone in a flash. The other seafood dishes proved to be equally fresh and the total bill came to less than the cost of a couple of beers inside the resorts.
The people who work at the Punta Mita and Litibu resorts eat at the Oasis. I wondered, as I watched them enjoying their food, if they might not be enjoying the best Mexican restaurant around.