Back from a wonderful trip - posted a full Seven Stars report under the hotel section. This is my restaurant and general report.....
2 meals here. gnocchi with mushroom ragout, grouper with snow peas and potato gratin, orchietta with sausage - all excellent - especially the grouper
2nd time : shrmp and crab cake - very disappointing - could have been a frozen Costco thing , grouper again for the entrees - again excellent.
Always enjoy this restaurant and since its such an easy commute from Seven Stars we began and ended here. Food was very good but service was a tad off - can't put my finger on it . Nothing that would prevent me from going back - but service at a few other places - such as Bay Bistro, Coco Bistro and Le Bouchon come to mind as having a bit more sparkle
Upstairs: big disappointment. Servers were no where to be found and the place was empty except for one large table. Had to go and find someone to take a drink order, then it took about 20 minutes for that to arrive, again had to find someone to take our order , and then it took 45 minutes before the pizza came out. And then guess what - we had to go find someone to get our check. A few others tables filled in and everyone was in the same boat - looking around for someone to help them. No one apologized or offered any explanation for the non service. They usually get a good review so we were very surprised at such bad service.
Lupo: great little italian place not on the radar. Its is in Regent Village across from Garam Masala. Its a soft opening,as they are just getting under way and don't even have their sign yet. Small menu but excellent food - the pasta ( handmade on site) and the pizza were of similiar qulaity to what I had in Italy. We went twice we liked it so much -
the quality of the food was impressive -
cured meat platter, arrancini, nonna's meatballs, pappardelle bolognese, margherita pizza
Definetly a nice addition to the restaurant mix. The owner, Mark, is very congenial.
LeBouchon: great food and service. bread from Caicos bakery ( which I;ll mention again later), steak au poivre with frites and sauteed yellow tail with scalloped potatoes.
Bay Bistro: conch fritters, vegetable spring rolls, curried grouper over crispy noodles. Outstanding - food and service Enjoyed walking back along the beach
Coco Bistro: arugala sald with candied walnuts, grilled lobster - both of us ordered the lobster and could have easily split one dish - 2 big tails.
Food and service, top shelf. The greetiing at the host stand was a little non existant - I let it pass me by but then I heard 2 other people at the hotel who had been there on a previous night mention the same thing.- too bad, as the setting is so special.
Caicos Bakery: what a gem of a place - Tatiana the owner is a sweetheart and what a baker ! Almond croissants are heavenly - as are the ham and cheese croisaants and her little pizzas - which made for a great light lunch on several days that didn't break the bank.
Pattys Place: small Jamaican patty place - another great alternative for a cheap fast lunch so you can get back to the beach . Bakery and Pattys located across from Seven Stars
All in all, the restaurant scene continues to excel, and the new additions were all impressive
Spoke with the artist Alex Skye at Making Waves gallery in Regent Village - she has beautiful painintg by the way, worth a look - she was telling us about the proposed Dolphinarium and the efforts to stop it. She is active in this effort and asked that any tourist who is not in favor of this to write a letter to the ediitor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her email is email@example.com
for more background on what is proposed.
My husband went bonefishing with Arthur Deen and had a good trip,
Airport: arrived at 11:55am on a Saturday and we were through customs in 5 minutes and waited about 10 minutes for the bags - on our way in short order.
Departed on Sunday - check in was easy at 12:30pm security line out the door but went quickly. Lounge was a zoo, to the point of it being claustrophobic. Outdoor lounge is the way to go. Sure hope they upgrade this area soon - it really is a buzz kill - between the crowding, no good food options and not being able to hear the announcements. The place was more tolerable years ago when it was a shack and the baggage cart consisted of a wooden cart, pulled by one guy with a long rope !
All in all, another great trip to a slice of heaven. The turquoise water gets into your soul!