In my article on The Big Blend on Saborea, I touched on Vieques and the W Retreat and Spa. When visiting in March, it had just opened and what a treat we had with its Executive Chef Dagan Lynn of Mix on the Beach. In this beautiful atmosphere overlooking the water, Dagan prepared a menu that consisted of:
Appetizer–Eggplant, Tomato, Mozzarella Terrine with Gazpacho Vinaigrette
Peekytoe Crab Salad with Taboule, Heart of Palm, green Papaya
Main Course–Caribbean Lobster “Au Curry” (recipe featured) paired with Joseph Drouhin LaForet, Chardonnay 2007
For the table–Caribbean Cook Pot of Spring Vegetables and Mushrooms Duxelle
Maine Lobster With Curry, Coconut, Basmati Rice
4 Maine Lobster 1.5# each
12oz Coconut Basmati Rice
8oz Curry Lobster Sauce
1oz Dry Pineapple
1oz Dry Grapes
1oz Coquitos Toasted
1oz Pearl Onions Fried
Cream Lightly Whipped
Cook the whole live lobsters in a boiling court bouillon, remove the tails after 2 minutes, remove the claws after 4 minutes, and shock in an ice bath. Remove the meat from the shells, and reserve. Save the carcass for the sauce.
Coconut Basmati Rice
10oz Basmati Rice
4oz Onion Bruniose
10oz Coconut Milk
1 Sachet (1 clove, 1pod green cardamom, 1 dry red chili)
Salt & Pepper
Rinse the rice under cold water. In a cocotte heat olive oil and sweat onion until translucent. Add the rice and toast briefly. Add the coconut milk, butter, sachet, and season. Cover and cook in a 450’F oven for 11 minutes. Remove from the oven, fluff rice with a fork and cover, let sit for 4 minutes. Cool flat on a pan.
Remove seeds from peppers and cut into triangles.
Dried Pinneapple & Grapes
Peel the grapes. Peel the pineapple, cut the flesh into ½ inch cubes. Place both on a silt pat and dry in a 200’F oven for 25 minutes. Reserve.
Slice coquitos as thin as possible on a mandolin. Place on a sheet pan and toast in 300’F oven for 4-6 minutes, until golden. Reserve.
Fried Pearl Onions
Peel onions and slice as fine as possible on a mandolin. Separate the rings, dredge in flour. Fry in oil preheated to 320’F, until golden and crispy. Dry, season with salt and reserve.
Place dried grapes and pineapple in circle on a large plate. Place lobsters and pequillos in 450’F oven for 3 minutes. Place basmati rice in the center of the plate, put the pequillos and lobster on top. Heat the sauce and add the cream at the last minute, sauce over the lobster. Finish with toasted coquitos and fried onion rings.
For me the W was outstanding with the best beach I saw on Vieques, beautiful rooms, and a wonderful spa. Dagan’s food tops it off.
For more on Saborea and the W on Vieques this is our article on The Big Blend Magazine.
W RETREAT & SPA – VIEQUES ISLAND
State Road 200 · KM 3.2 – HC1 Box 9368 · Vieques, PR · United States
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