I write this review sat on my balcony in Cocobay the hotel just above Sheer Rocks. We attended Sheer Rocks on Thursday night, the 2nd of May. We decided to go on that night as the hotels all inclusive menu is a buffet on Thursdays and we fancied a little more special, boy did we get that !
We went down at 5pm so we could enjoy some cocktails to start with, we had booked a day bed so we could watch the sun go down but we had already had so much sun that day that we declined the bed and were politely given seats at the cocktail bar.
This will make up the first part of the review. Charles, the bartender was extremely polite and knowledgable with regards to mixing cocktails. The first I ordered was a Bloody Marry, I made it my mission a few years ago to find the best Bloody Mary in the world ! The current holders of the title were Verve in Dubai and Maze in London ( both Gordon Ramsay restaurants ). I had even tired the €80 Bloody Marry in the Hemingway Bar in the Ritz in Paris ( it was awful, don't bother ).
I can now say with pleasure that current holder is Sheer Rocks, mixed by Charles. It was delicious and spiced to perfection with all the correct ingredients. I then asked for a Caprioska, something which was not n the menu but a favourite of mine. Without hesitation Charles then mixed up a perfect Caprioska for which along with the perfect sunset, beautiful Balearic tunes and my stunning wife made the perfect run up to dinner.
Now for the second part, the dinner. From what I could tell Alex the Chef had his parents and some friends at the restaurant that night but I can assure you all it made no difference to the stunning quality of service or food that we received that night.
I started with the Scallop, Lobster, Langoustine and Clam coconut spiced curry. This was one of the most beautiful dishes I have ever eaten. All the ingredients had been cooked to perfection, everything was soft and delicious and still held its own flavour and was then complimented by the wonderfully light yet full of flavour curry sauce which it had been served in, truly stunning.
My wife had chosen the Goats Cheese and caramelised Onion Tart to start and I tried a piece of that and was equally impressed with the flavours. The pastry was light and the filling rich with cheese but still a sweetness coming from the caramelised onions.
I then had the slow cooked Mahi Mahi, I had never had this before but when it was served to me I could again tell the fish had been cooked to perfection it fell away in beautiful flakes and almost melted in the mouth, I am always especially pleased when I try something that I have never tasted before and it brings such a smile to my face.
My wife had the Gnocchi, which had a lightness to it only rivalled by the best Gnocchi in Italy. ( I suspect the Gnocchi had been shocked in cold water half way through, a sign of a great Chef. But maybe Alex has another secret to make it so light ). My wife, an expert in Gnocchi eating said it was simply the best she had ever eaten.
To accompany this we had he crushed potatoes with scallions and Parmesan cheese which was out of this world and broccoli and green beans in garlic which again was fantastic.
For dessert we both had the Chocolate Soufflé, this was light and rich with chocolate favour and served with a wonderful ice cream which only enhanced the dish tenfold.
All of this was whilst we were sat on a table overlooking the spectacular Caribbean sea and served by friendly staff.
To top this review off my wife went back down to the restaurant the next day to confirm and slightly change our booking for the following Thursday and was met by Alex who recognised her from the previous night. Bearing in mind all that he had going on that night I was very impressed by this. He was extremely helpful and even wrote repeat custom next to the booking note.
If you have read any of my other reviews you will see I have eaten in many top class restaurant around the world, I can safely say this is be of the very best.
If your in Antigua do not even think twice, just book it. In fact if your not in Antigua, book a holiday to go there just so you can eat at ........... Sheer Rocks.
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