One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Dominican Republic.
- Decano Café
- La Cuchara de Madera
- Los Charros Chaparros
- Martini's Beach Bar & Grill
- Mi Corazon
- Pasteleria Del Jardin
- Porter House Grill Restaurant
- Resto Veintiuno
- Riu Mambo
- Taste Restaurant & Terrace
- The Beach Restaurant
- The JellyFish Restaurant
5lb meat (chicken, pork and beef mixed) ¼ tsp black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 onion, chopped 3 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp brown sugar 1 can tomato paste 3 cups water 3 green plantains, sliced 1 lb yuca (cassava), cubed 1 lb yam, cubed ½ lb potatoes, cubed 3 ears of corn, cut in thirds 1 chayote squash, cubed ½ lb yellow pumpkin, cubed ½ green bell pepper 3 cilantro leaves 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp parsley ½ tsp basil 1 boullion cube ¼ tsp allspice
Marinate meat for 1 hour in lemon juice, black pepper and half of garlic and onion. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add brown sugar to hot oil. Brown meat (in batches) completely in oil. When meat has been browned, return to pot abd ad 2 cups of boiled water and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and simmer until meat is tender. Add another cup of boiling water. Stir in the yuca, yam, potatoes, corn, chayote, pumpkin, green pepper, herbs and bouillon. Cook for 10 minutes, then add plantains. Simmer covered for 20 minutes or until sauce thickens. Serves 6-8.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.