So we explored Lebanese & Japanese in our Last post.
Two more food cultures….Two more restaurant tales….
Chinese (Red, Eko Hotel & Suites)
Red is one of those places that have you feeling majestic once you step in. The space is donned in red and gold richly beautiful decor.
First point of attraction was the view of the hotel swimming pool….there was also an instant connection with the Chinese Palace Lanterns placed by their glass walls.
Next call of duty….The bar!
I went with a Screw Driver which I highly doubt is Chinese originated but it felt nice to know that they had familiar cocktails and wide range of wine as well.
It was a seafood affair for my eating partner and I. We started off with shrimp dumplings and it felt really good to be served in a bamboo steamer which is typically used in Chinese cooking. Dumplings are steamed or fried dough wrapped over delicious fillings of vegetables and/or meat/seafood….they are very significant to the Chinese New Year celebrations and they symbolize wealth.
Next, crab cakes stuffed in crab shells, these babies were as beautiful as they tasted. I love how each bite had some sort of crunch yet still maintained its succulence. No surprise they were so good though…..The Chinese do not joke with their crabs, every typical Chinese banquet should have a crab dish on the table.
Honestly I tried to use chopsticks at this point but my forehead was beginning to sweat so a fork came to my rescue….
Did I already mention that Red has another view….Eko Atlantic! So when you sit by the lounge/bar, your view is the pool but when you sit in the dining area, your view is the ocean. Sipping white wine never tasted so good with this view.That’s the lounge…..
I am so happy we decided to go side-less on this taste journey, notice we had no rice or noodles as we knew these delicious seafood creatures needed no interference. This lobster dish was everything and definitely needed nothing more…..thick juicy meat dripping in sauce so good, my fingers got licked. Chinese spices officially have my heart.
Then there was this amazing battered fish in sweet and sour sauce….my favorite eat of the day! Let it be known that I do not like fish, this plate was supposed to be for my eating partner. But then, those tiny shrimps on the top kept calling my name. Scooped some up with the sauce and BOOM, I knew I had to keep eating from this plate. Another scoop with some fish and it was over….for this, fish is my best friend. Chinese cuisine is big on sweet and sour sauces, a mixture of sugar or honey and a sour liquid like rice vinegar or soy sauce with spices like ginger. This was one excellent mix that had me dreaming of visiting China, I hear Guangzhou and Turpan are beautiful choices for food lovers.
Fusion Cuisine (La Taverna, VI)
A “Let’s go and eat it all before our healthy eating starts tomorrow” day with my favorite eating partner, H-Baby. Our second food adventure for the day…..
La Taverna has three parts to their menu, Spanish Starters, Chilean Main Dishes and Italian Pizzas!
Call me ignorant but Chilean food sounded very new to me, I was too anxious to think about starters so straight to a main dish (Number 3 on the menu)….
A seafood and cheese combo could never go wrong, I hope….Very worth my “trying something new”! The pot was clearly from an oven, every forkful was hot, yum, cheesy, comforting…. Delicious layers of prawns, calamari, potato tasting cake and cheese. This screamed sunday afternoon lunch straight from a mum’s kitchen to me. I do not know anything about Chile but it must be a very homely place with such a meal.
H-Baby had something from the Italian side, a barbecue chicken pizza. She loved it and I trust her judgement, I was too filled up to try.
The decor at La Taverna is one to indulge in….such coziness.
Chile is currently on my Trip Advisor stalking list.
Ooo I tried out Budweiser beer for the first time too….worth the hype in my opinion!