Dining at The Lemongrass Restaurant over the years I have experienced some of the most delicious, diverse menu items on the island. The many times I have eaten there with friends, family and guests from abroad I have always been pleased and often surprised by the variety of culinary delights.
To respond to a recent post by Skitty17 who was disappointed with her lobster, the lobster which live in the Caribbean are Caribbean Spiny Lobster which, unlike their cousins up in Maine, don't have claws but instead use their spiny antenna for protection. If they are boiled fresh and well alive, in water at a rolling boil, as all lobster should be, their legs often fall off. As almost all of the meat is in the tail and head(negating the need for shellfish crackers) missing legs is actually a good sign.
The view of the ocean and isla Carenero in front of this second story balcony restaurant is beautiful and the occasional live band that plays there is a treat on an island that is just starting to develop a live music "scene". The quality of the music seems to vary depending on who is on the island at the time, but I have seen some very talented and entertaining musicians perform there.
As for the attitude of the wait-staff, I have found that it tends to be, like every other place on the island, usually fairly laid back or on "island time", which is part of the appeal of the islands. I find it rather humorous to read Globethrotter08 complain that the servers were too attentive at first. Maybe part of the frustration she perceived was due to the fact that some people complain about waiting too long while others complain about not having enough time to decide what to order.
Visitors to Bocas should remember that this island has been, until recently, off the beaten track, which is also part of what makes it appealing. So one has to make some concessions as the locals are still learning to feel out what people want and how to serve them best, even at the finest dining establishments.
I'm sure that the people who run the restaurant appreciate the criticism as a way to improve their service, as everyone in Bocas does, because this is an island still coming into it's own. What ingredients and fresh vegetables are available from the vendors on the island also varies from day to day, like on most small, secluded islands, and I'm sure this affects menu choices and what you will find in your salad and veggie side dishes. One should also take this into account and go with the flow if one wishes to truly enjoy the adventure of exploring newly developing tourist (and traveller) destinations.
People who look for the good in people and places find it there and I have always found a lot of good things to enjoy at The Lemongrass Restaurant!
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