Monday, January 25, 2010

Lucia: Puerto Plata's Finest

My first (and long overdue) post of the year features a review of the most magnificent restaurant in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. In fact, there are only two 4 Diamond restaurants in all of the Dominican Republic and Lucia is the only 4D restaurant in Puerto Plata.

Casa Colonial

Lucia is set within Casa Colonial Beach Resort, Puerto Plata's most upscale hotel. I have truly started my year off on the right foot as Chef Rafael Vasquez is truly a culinary mastermind. I love with he does with local, fresh produce like yucca and pumpkin. While dying to sample everything, I opted for the Tres-viche, seared foie gras, and the Angus Beef tenderloin. All was incredible. The service: flawless.

Amuse Bouche

Tres Viche: Three different types of ceviche in one single dish. Tuna, lobster, and Chilean Sea Bass

Seared Foie Gras: Pear, rum, mango sauce, balsamic glaze, yucca cake

Angus Beef Tenderloin, whipped yucca with Roquefort cheese, steamed broccoli, brandy-shallot sauce (finally got the settings right on my camera)

Duck Connection: Grilled breast, cripy leg confit and fresh foie gras served with a mango rum sauce, seared pear, and whipped pumpkin.

All photos by yours truly :)