Having just read a fair cross section of the reviews for the Rhodes restaurant and as one tends to do by starting with the worst first, I asked myself if it was the same place where I'd had seven delicious, well presented and well served dinners during my stay at Calabash last week.
Whilst falling into the category of one of the older guests referred to my some reviewers I've been visiting the hotel for a few years so have the benefit of more than just a one off visit to the restaurant. As far as consistent high quality food is concerned I believe this is hard to beat, with the service, decor and choice of dishes also difficult to improve upon.
Whilst I'm sorry for anyone whose experience hasn't lived up to their expectations, I don't have too much sympathy for those complaining of the dress code at such a venue. If shorts are for you then find somewhere else to dine more suitable!
Dexter the head chef not only produces top class international choices on the main menu, but also offers daily specials that invariably include dishes with a real Caribbean flavour. Light bites are a newly added option this season for those perhaps not feeling quite so hungry.
I challenge anyone, whether a first time visitor, or a regular return guest such as me, to find a more attractive setting for a restaurant. Dining in the semi open air by candlelight under a canopy of flowers and greenery takes a lot of beating in my opinion.
My experience of the service and friendliness of the waiting staff has always been first class and despite being quite busy most nights during my stay the professionalism and speed of service remained at a constantly high level.
I do agree however with one reviewer who commented on the entertainment provided, which does leave a bit to be desired on some occasions. Whilst a steel band is almost compulsory if you're visiting the Caribbean, I would welcome some more varied and dare I say it, better musical entertainment on other nights, albeit still in keeping with this somewhat special dining experience.
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