Cocktail here are as delicious and creative as the food
The Best Restaurant in The Caribbean
Lets face it. If you have been here you know it. If you haven’t, then you need to plan trip to Puerto Rico very soon. Marmalade Restaurant is the best Restaurant in the Caribbean.
It has been one of my favorite places for several years now. I have truly lost count on how many times I visited the restaurant as I lived in Puerto Rico for 3 lucky years. I would never forget the very first time I dined here. I was so impressed by the passion that showed in each plate. The attention and focus on ingredients was inspiring, the wine list was admirable and the warmth that Chef radiated as he chat with every table in the restaurant was impressive.
Donnhoff Riesling to start the mail. Coravin was used for most of the pairings
Popcorn Shrimp – cilantro & garlic grilled shrimp lacquered with anejo tequila rest atop poblano guacamole and ancho-chili spiced popcorn
Freshest vegetables of the day
Chef Peter Schintler grew up in Iowa and attended culinary school in Baltimore. At a young age he was able to work under impressive Master Chefs in New York, Ireland and England. His journey also included running one of the best Resorts in America as well as one of the most successful restaurants in Asia.
After cooking around the world Chef found a home in Puerto Rico where he has been working closely with local farmers in order to source the best possible products locally. In a island that imports most of their food and frying is an specialty, Chef Peter found a new way of doing things bringing a great focus on vegetables and focus on local products. Still remains one of the best vegetarian tasting menus I have ever tried.
Paella – “sushi esque” bite size pieces of crispy Andalusian style paella filled with smoked chicken, peas & peppers flavored with a saffron- garlic espuma & a chorizo-tomato sauce
full table at Marmalade
Jamón Ibérico – honey-mustard grilled pears with “Rogue Creamery Oregonzola” blue cheese and peppery arugula sprouts resting beneath veils of pata negra ham
Carlisle “Compagni Portis” – blend of riesling, trousseau gris and gewürztraminer. Less than 90 cases produced.
Eighty Four Albarinho, an independent project from the master minds behind Shafer: Elias Fernandez and Douglas Shafer. A limited production wins exploring new varietals in Napa.
That Famous Soup…
One of the items that are in my all time top 10 dishes is the “Tiny White Bean Soup”. It is simply addictive ! White bean with black truffles, scallions and pancetta (big bowl please!)
I have heard stories that people fly the soup to their countries and big companies have tried to buy the recipe to make it available worldwide (maybe all rumors). They do give you sometimes a card with the recipe but as we all know there is always the secret ingredient missing.
This is how much I like this soup
Martinelli ‘Lolita Ranch’ Chardonnay
The menu at Marmalade is Pre-Fixe and you can choose a four, five or six from all the items in it. All courses in the menu has a pairing recommendation. I have always admired Chef’s Peter love for wine as much as for food. He always showing bottles rarely available in the market and the pairings are simply on point.
Foie Gras – pan roasted with a warm black berry sauce confit sausage & toasted brown bread
Switchback Ridge Merlot
Heritage Berkshire Pork Cheeks resting on a bed of barbequed black bean puree with garlicky greens roasted peanut and lime emulsion & a local pineapple-pablano marmalade
Niman Ranch Natural Hormone-Free Lamb Tagine – Moroccan-French style braised lamb with ras el hanout organic chick peas with marcona almond pomegranates & harissa spiced green olives
Desserts don’t fall behind on this menu. “The Millionaire’s Ice Cream” has always been one of my top desserts. Vanilla Ice cream with hazelnut and honeycomb topped with a generous portion of truffles. Life is good in Puerto Rico!
Salted Caramel Corn Crème Brûlée with peanut brittle ice cream
Have you been to Marmalade Restaurant before? if not what are your favorite restaurants in the Caribbean?