I took my wife to the Lago Mar Resort for a surprise 40th birthday. The reason I am responding is because it was the most remarkable experience we have ever had. The accomodations were grand, but the real reason for our memorable occasion is because of our dining experience at the hotels restaurant, Aquario.
From the moment we entered, we were treated like royalty. From the front desk to the waiter, Guy. They were fabulous, tentative, courteous, etc.
As my wife and our two guests were looking over the menu, Chef Phillip Damien Kahn approached the table and advised us to not order from the menu because he had something special in mind for us. He asked us what we liked and disliked and explained his menu of the evening.
We were in awe at that point and experienced the most delicious meal of our lives going forward. From the appetizer, which was rock lobster macaroni & cheese, all the way to dessert, it was a culmination of flavors dancing in our mouths. Our guests, whom have travelled and experienced fine dining often across the united states and abroad were amazed at the way Chef Phillip mixed the various dishes together and they agreed that it was one of the best meals they ever had.
One dish in particular, the salad, which was watermelon/raspberry vinegarette over arugula had my wife cringing at the site and she said she wouldn't even try it. I explained that she thought everything else prior was delicious, so why not? She did, and finished every last bite, and not for us being in the presence of others, would have "licked the plate clean" as she put it.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is dining in south florida. I cannot thank the staff, and especially Chef Phillip, which we nicknamed "Dr. PhilGood", enough. It was a memory of a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort that is decidedly, and purposefully, different. Understated, not loud. Gracious, not pretentious. Deferential, not presumptuous. In short, a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500 foot private beach and secluded location emcompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club invites you to discover one of the best vacation resorts to stay in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lago Mar Resort And Club Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Lago Mar Hotel
- Ft Lauderdale Lago Mar
- Mar Lago Hotel
- Lago Mar Fort Lauderdale