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    Quinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2

    On to the mains...

    I chose the Grouper Caprese while The Spouse opted for the ribeye - both were wonderful and sizeable portions. The ribeye demi-glace had a little zip to it (more tangy than spicy) and the Caprese came with spaghetti with pesto, tomatoes and the grouper had buffalo mozzarella melted on top. This MIGHT be the best grouper presentation I've had on the island but, naturally, I'll end up in a fist fight with someone over comments like that.

    Quinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-grouper-caprese2.jpgQuinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-ribeye.jpg

    Both came with perfectly steamed asparagus and broccoli on the side. The ribeye had roasted baby potatoes included.

    I only ate half the grouper as I wanted to save room for the soon-to-be-infamous Nutella cheesecake. It was wonderful: good balance of flavours and light tasting with a distinct chocolate/hazelnut combo. It was beautifully presented with hazelnut ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and chocolate drizzle on the side:

    Quinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-nutella-cheesecake.jpg

    The biggest surprise of the night? The bill: it was VERY good value - okay, it wasn't "cheap" by any stretch of the imagination but it was a lot less than I expected... we've certainly paid more for lesser meals on the island. I won't cite the guilty as I've done that elsewhere.

    Service: the service was good, efficient but a little timid. I noticed that most of the staff are still getting their "legs" so I expect this to improve as the operation streamlines. The Spouse is deaf in one ear so the hushed tones of the service staff didn't really work and they didn't pick up on the ear being pushed out to catch what was being said. But it was still good service.

    Hilarity highlight of the night was the gent sitting behind us who, in a very loud voice, announced that he would like an "ASS-presso" for his after-dinner coffee. The bewildered waitress asked him to repeat it. By the third time, we were howling wondering what she was thinking and what would eventually show up in the cup.

    We'll be back. I imagine it's about to get tough reserving a table so I'd advise everyone to book well in advance.

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    as i read this.......at 7:30 AM, i am salivating!

    thanks.

    an "Asspresso" sounds just marvelous

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    What a great review. I always appreciate photos being included!!

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    This is a restaurant that I really look forward to.... thanks for the photos.

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    I had taste of that grouper and I agree with everything you said. Jon wants to go back to Barneys to compare the parmesan grouper before he makes a decision on his favorite.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I had taste of that grouper and I agree with everything you said. Jon wants to go back to Barneys to compare the parmesan grouper before he makes a decision on his favorite.
    Tracey: We were JUST talking about going back to Barney's too! We don't have a free night though so it'll have to wait until next trip. The parmesan grouper was VERY good at Barney's... I'd give QDC grouper Caprese the edge though... lighter and good mix of flavours... and the ambience is killer.

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    We went early and had the place almost to ourselves. I would have liked to see the atmosphere in the dark with evrything lit up, I imagine it was beautiful.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    We went early and had the place almost to ourselves. I would have liked to see the atmosphere in the dark with evrything lit up, I imagine it was beautiful.
    I know it's not quite the same but here are some pictures we took of the property:

    Quinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-building.jpgQuinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-front-yard.jpgQuinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-front.jpgQuinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-front2.jpgQuinta Del Carmen - February 25 2015 - PART 2-qdc-patio.jpg

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    So pretty!! And that Grouper looks like something even I might try! Thanks for this awesome review!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I would love to try QDC but I have no idea where it is. I could use a little help. Dick.
    Next Aruba trip in

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