Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Let me start by saying that this is one of our favorites and we try to go at least once a visit. It is within walking distance of the Renaissance. We always sit outside on their enclosed patio and the service and food has never disappointed us.
The husband started with the seafood chowder which was thick and brimming with chunks of seafood. It's a rather large bowl and he was very happy with his choice.
I have only ever had but one appetizer there and love it so much that I haven't ever been able to try anything else. It is the goat cheese in filo dough which is served on top of a bed of mixed greens and drizzled with honey I believe. There are walnuts mixed in with the cheese and the whole thing is baked a crispy brown in the filo. It is to die for if you are a lover of goat cheese.
For his entree, the hubby chose a special of the day which was seared pork tenderloin tips with blue cheese and bacon. It had crispy fried onions on top and he loved it! The presentation was much prettier than this but we had moved it from a cast iron skillet to the serving dish before I took the picture. Sorry.
I chose the grouper Italiano and liked it very much except I would have preferred a slightly lighter application of cheese on the top but also understand how important cheese is on the island. It consisted of perfectly cooked grouper (which I love) on pesto and a white wine sauce with tomato, some sort of greens, and cheese on top. It was very, very good.
In addition to the entrees, it is standard at Yemanja to provide the table with small bowls of four sides which are mashed potatoes, white rice, black beans and fire grilled mixed vegetables. I wish I could report on dessert but we were too stuffed and opted for some espresso which came served with a small chocolate like they often do in Europe.
We love this restaurant and do not hesitate to recommend it!