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Tops for equal helpings of cuisine and view
Carretera Escenica exican fusion Address: Carretera Escénica 1622
39868 Acapulco, Mexico
tel: +52 (744) 446-6845
Sun-Thurs 7pm-1am; Fri-Sat 7pm-2am
Many restaurants on Acapulco's Scenic Highway near Las Brisas Hotel have stunning views of Santa Lucia Bay, but gourmands agree: Baikal is the one dining establishment that consistently serves innovative cuisine that not only matches but exceeds the quality of the vista. A glass cube is Baikal's only roadside presence but from there you descend a curving staircase to a multi-level, open space.
Baikal's chef designs glorious dishes that blend French, Asian and Mexican flavors, and "play with the palate," as he says. The menu (available in English) is varied – ranging from oysters Rockefeller to steak Chateaubriand and New Zealand rack of lamb. Try the lobster in ginger-hibiscus flower sauce or the seafood salad of lobster, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and octopus. Despite its understated elegance, Baikal has one over-the-top touch: screens descend periodically from the ceiling and a campy video of Acapulco's heyday is shown, accompanied by Frank Sinatra.