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Fine dining on Bonaire’s oceanfront with a brand new menu.

Sebastian’s Restaurant has just launched a brand new menu, so I decided to stop by with some friends and sample a few of the new offerings.

Sebastian’s is well known for innovative food pairings.

Since he first opened his restaurant just over three years ago, Chef Sebastian has become well known on the island for his magical pairing of fresh and premium ingredients with a Mediterranean flair of spices and herbs.  So it was with a good deal of anticipation that we eagerly awaited our dinners.

 

Chef Sebastian with two of his specialty cocktails.

Chef Sebastian with two of his specialty cocktails.

All meals begin with a complimentary welcome drink.

Upon being seated, we were welcomed with a complimentary aperitif. My dining companion and I both enjoyed it so much, we asked for seconds!

The Pier Table offers a singular experience.

As we sat and enjoyed our drinks on the deck overlooking the shoreline, we watched (with a bit of envy) a couple enjoying a private dinner on the Pier Table. This is a special and unique experience on Bonaire, and can be booked (but well in advance!) at no additional charge. It can be enjoyed by a romantic two-some, or a small group of up to 12 persons.

The new menus arrived!

The Tuna Trio

The Tuna Trio

And then it was time to take a look at the brand new food menu, as well as a new drink menu. Our waitress patiently explained the night’s specials as well. It’s always such a decision–a special which might not come along again? Or off the menu? Such decisions! While we were debating, our server brought us a complimentary l’amuse, a whimsical little bite to whet our appetites.

The Island Salad with sweet watermelon and feta cheese

The Island Salad with sweet watermelon and feta cheese

A full three-course dinner was planned, with starters, entrées, and desserts.

The starters were light and refreshing.

Our foursome decided on a full three-course meal, so two of us started off with the tried-and-true appetizer of Tuna Trio. This was so popular on the past menu, that it made the transition to the new menu. But there are a multitude of new starters, including some interesting new salads. My dining companion is a cheese lover, so he enjoyed the Island Salad, with refreshing watermelon and feta cheese. My Caesar salad came tossed with octopus tempura.

Finding room for the main course!

Caribbean Shrimp & Chips

Caribbean Shrimp & Chips

It’s just not possible to say that portions are tiny at Sebastian’s Restaurant.  After drinks and appetizers, we thought we were full, but that was only until our dinner entrées arrived and were placed in front of us.

Wow. Simply Wow. The visual impact was stunning!  The ladies had ordered the Caribbean Shrimp & Chips. The whole shrimps are cooked in a lightly spiced coconut sauce, and it’s topped with sweet potato chips and served with Basmati rice.

But it was the gents’ meals which stole the show. The Land & Sea was served with a nice-sized Filet Mignon, but sitting atop the filet was one gigantic grilled Black Tiger shrimp!

The Land & Sea, with one gigantic prawn!

The Land & Sea, with one gigantic prawn!

 

Conversation at the table pretty much stopped at this point, as we all dug in to our dinners. Much contented munching followed, but soon our plates were clean.

A sweet ending, pastries by Chef Janos.

It was now time for the final course, our desserts. Pastry chef Janos creates a new dessert special each night, and even though some of the new desserts on the menu sounded wonderful, I was swayed by the description of the evening’s dessert special:  Pear Pie served with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble.

Pear Pie with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble

Pear Pie with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble

I really don’t have a sweet tooth, so this dessert really appealed to me as it was fruity and light, with just the right hint of sweetness. Paired with my cappuccino, it was the perfect ending to a perfect dinner.

View the new menu and start fantasizing as to what you will order!

I have to summarize by saying that the new menu at Sebastian’s is decidedly upscale, with impressive ingredients. I can’t wait to return to try out some of the other new offerings.

Sebastian’s Restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate setting right on the oceanfront.  Be sure to add a dinner at Sebastian’s to your own Bonaire bucket list for your next vacation.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

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