RIU introduces you to the star dishes in its hotel cuisine

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At RIU we know that one of the most important considerations when choosing a destination is the food, since this can help us learn so much about the culture of a place. This is why we have come up with a small selection of the best dishes from some of our hotels in order to take you on a small tour of the cuisine on offer at RIU. Will you come along and take a look?

  1. Riu Guarana

Our first stop is the Riu Guarana hotel where the Duck Rice and Bacalhau à Brás dishes really stand out. These are two extremely popular Portuguese dishes that the hotel offers its clients to help them feel part of their destination, through experiencing the region’s typical fare.

Main restaurant at the hotel Riu Guarana

  • Duck rice: Although it is served throughout Portugal, it comes from the city of Braga but it is thought to have Brazilian roots. What are the ingredients in this dish? Firstly the duck, the chorizo, the black pudding and the ham is cooked and the rice is then baked in the same stock. The meat is then shredded and placed between two layers of rice together with some of the ham. The chorizo and the rest of the ham is sprinkled over the whole dish at the end. To finish off, it is placed in the oven in order to be served with a crispy texture.


  • Bacalhau à Brás: The main ingredient in this dish is cod. This dish comes from a tavern owned by a man named Brás, located in Bairro Alto in Lisbon. After cooking and shredding the cod, matchstick fries are added as well as chopped onion and beaten egg. It can also be garnished with chopped parsley and olives.


Joaquim Costa, sous chef at the Riu Guarana hotel

  1. Riu Playacar

Now we are moving on to Mexico, and to Playa del Carmen where the Riu Playacar hotel is located. One of our guests’ most requested dishes is our “Grilled Salmon Fillet” which is served in the hotel’s Italian restaurant “Traviata”. This is a light and tasty option which combines textures and flavours which will transport you to the Mediterranean. It is a great alternative for both lunch and dinner.

Another option which you will also surely love, is the “Grilled Rib Eye Steak”, one of the top options at the Steak House restaurant. It is considered to be one of the tastiest steaks. And best of all? The steak is cooked to the diner’s liking, who cannot fail to enjoy the flavour of this steak, paired with an excellent wine and while enjoying the gentle breeze of the Caribbean sea.

“Grilled Salmon Fillet” at RIU “Grilled Rib Eye Steak” at the Riu Playacar hotel
  1. Riu Yucatan

Without leaving Mexico, we are going to travel on to the Riu Yucatan hotel whose speciality is stuffed chiles, a traditional dish of the region which is available in the hotel’s Mexican restaurant.

It is one of central Mexico’s most symbolic and famous dishes and dates back to the colonial era. In this hotel the chiles are stuffed with poblano peppers, another type of chile sliced into strips and also cheese, corn and shrimp.

Very few guests dare to try this dish because of how spicy they think it will be, but the mix of flavours makes the spiciness of the chile practically disappear and normally once you’ve tried it, you will want to go back for more!

Stuffed chile dish at the Riu Yucatan hotel

Have we whet your appetite with our small selection of dishes? For RIU, you are our most important food critic. If we haven’t convinced you yet, don’t worry, there are plenty of other hotels in the RIU chain that offer speciality dishes Don’t delay! Come and try these delicacies at RIU. Dinner is served!

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