My daughter and I were at Marmalade on 8/10/13, it was her college graduation present to go to Puerto Rico. We booked Marmalade based on Open Table comments and a few other sites. When we were on the plane the man next to me went on and on when he found out we were going to eat there...he had photos of the food!
The place is modern, warm, a little funky, artsy in some ways, loved to the unusual chairs. We sat in the room off the side of the main dining area. The corner tables faced out with fabulous pillows, very romantic! There were rose petals all over the tables, certainly someone's celebration. I was jealous. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny; that was the fun thing though, initially you would think it was going to be quiet, sterile, very formal as many gourmet restaurants are, but our server and his dueling partner made it fun, they engaged us and the neighboring tables, it was interactive and comfortable.
Ok, the food. We did a four course and in retrospect we will do the wine pairing next time, highly recommend it, I looked at the wines and they were spot on. We has the paella and ceviche and it was an explosion of flavor. The paella looked liked little sushi rolls in a tomato broth, once you opened them, and scooped with the broth it was an explosion of paella in that tiny little bite. Second course was the baby kale, apple, beet salad, the baby kale was new to me and I loved the earthy taste and texture, so much better that adult kale (lol). Hannah had the white bean soup and that floored us. The taste of slight truffle was perfect because we were able to taste the beans, something that is often overlooked in ban soup, it tends to taste like everything else. Thank you Marmalade for the recipe ! Dinner was cheeky...we did halibut cheeks and pork cheeks and again wow. The halibut cheeks were in a seafood stew with clams and I think root vegetables and my pork cheeks were amazing. My favorite part was how the black bean puree, the slightly salted peanuts and a dollop of cheek just worked. Wow, black beans and peanuts. Dessert was a chocolate mousse type of dessert but my lavender blueberry cake was amazing and creative. Loved the three little 1 inch cubes of cakes with lemon ice and the sauce. Simple, perfect amount.
Hannah did the cocktails, the kiwi cocktail (OMG) and global warming. I did the wines and I did challenge the server to find something that fits both cheeks.
I cannot say enough...Hannah and I want to come back until we have tried everything. The best part is we were full from the four course but not that awful stuffed feeling. That gave us the ability to go dancing all night long. I will say this was one of our best ever and we have traveled the world...we have eaten at local shacks, gourmet you name it and this was memorable for us for the food, the ambiance, the servers.
Marmalade is for foodies and those who want to learn and experience. I agree, not the place for kids, it would ruin the culinary experience.
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