January 21, 2017
The Playa Times
This week´s Chef of the Week spotlight falls on Harish at Playa´s only Indian restaurant, Curry Omm.
Situated in Plaza Antigua by the Playacar F2 entrance on 10th Avenue. Curry Omm specializes in authentic Indian cuisine with homemade curry dishes and spice blends.
How did you end up in Playa?
I had been to Playa a few times in the past 18 years and though I liked the place, it just seemed too quiet at
that time, I recall driving down 5th Ave on the way to Tulum and there were just a few stalls on a dirt track
with the full view of the ocean!
Over the passing years, I came through it a few more times and saw it grow up, but not until 8 years ago almost to the date, a friend invited me to come and check out Playa once again, which I did and I found more than I expected, I met Claudia who is now my wife, so Playa has been our home since.
What are your essential ingredients that you couldn't live without?
Indian cuisine is very special when it come to ingredients, one needs a good supply of so many such as,
tumaric, sambar, chai masala, black cardamom, curry leaves and of course good garam masala! We make our own, the recipe has been handed down to me over 3 generations and that’s what makes our dishes so authentic.
If there is challenge one faces in the restaurant industry, then getting ALL the right ingredients is it!
This has made Curry Omm such an interesting place. It is hard to get the spices in Playa, so we source all the seeds, blend, roast and grind them to our family recipe, as well as using them in all our curries, we also bottle these and sell them.
What is your signature dish?
I enjoy making all the Indian curries we have on our menu, but I must say I love the challenge of making
Chicken Tikka Masala, one that goes through several processes from marinating the meat in yoghurt
and fresh tandoori spices for 48 hours, to roasting and cooking the rich creamy sauce with all the wonderful
spices to get the fragrance. It is a mild dish, but we do make it spicy upon customer requests, it is our best
selling dish no doubt. As well the Indian Chicken Tikka Masala has been declared as the National British dish!
Where do you like to eat in Playa?
Playa has so many places to eat out at and new ones are always popping up, last year Tripadvisor had about 950 places listed and this month I see there are now over 1000, so the choice is always growing. Some favorites must include Al Cielo, on Xpu-Ha Beach, for their Mediterranean dishes or Carboncitos who make great tacos.
What would be your 'Last Supper' meal?
I have really spent a lot time eating a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world, including going to
Tokyo’s fish market at 5.00 am to eat fresh sushi and to Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli in Spain, from whom I get
the idea to have a 35-course taster's menu, with a full range of all my favorites from melon caviar, almonds
tender truffles, and of course tandoori chicken wings with juicy sisho, along with fine wine pairings, I am
almost in heaven now, thinking about it!
August 11, 2016
Certificate of Excellence recipients represent top 10 percent of businesses listed on World’s Largest Travel site
TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, announced the 2016 Certificate of Excellence award recipients. Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.
The Certificate of Excellence award is given to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travellers.
“We’re delighted to celebrate the success of hospitality businesses around the world, from Auckland to San Francisco, Hong Kong to Paris, which are consistently offering travellers an outstanding customer experience,” said Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, TripAdvisor. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
July 29, 2013
“I would kick my self in the n**s for not trying curry omm”
You know that one place you remember with a smile long after you have returned home?
This is it.
The owner (Harish) is such a character, it makes your dinner an experience in itself, he is so attentive and nice to talk to, plus he is always smiling and provides the best service i had in Playa del Carmen.
We like indian food every once in a while but we just dont like spicy food. Harish adviced us on what to eat, and when he saw we where dying from the spices on one of the dishes (they are VERY spicy) he brought us different chutneys that made everything alright.
All the dishes are made fresh and oh so tasty, the mixture of flavors is amazing.
A paragraph apart for the desserts, what a delight! There is one in particular that has carrots and risings...the best thing i had in Playa del carmen. Congratulations.
All the best for harish and claudia, i recommend that you stop by and try anything they make and you will leave happier than when you entered.
May 26, 2013
Playa del Carmen-PLAYA TOP 5 International Restaurants
TOP 5 International Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Curry Omm is Number 2 International Restaurant in Playa Del Carmen, check out the video at;
Playa del Carmen 77710 +52 984 873 1516
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