The Galleon, Green Cay Marina, Tamarind Bay Resort, St Croix, USVI
We live here, on St Croix, full time. We have a boat we keep here at Green Cay Marina, and are members of the local fishing club, Golden Hook.
We’d heard from the coconut telegraph that the nicer restaurant at Tamarind, The Galleon, was under new management. Hadn’t talked to anyone who had actually been there recently tho…so the previous stigma (not good) was still keeping locals away, but we thought we’d give them a fair shot.
According to the local entertainment guide, stcroixcalendar, a local musician was to be playing on Saturday and we thought it would be a good night to try them out. Went in at 5 PM to the bar for happy hour…we were the only people there. Informed that there would be no live music that night. Turns out the events calendar hadn’t been updated in months. No explanation.
Had a drink at the bar. Bartender was a nice guy…had to be tough making a living on a Sat evening when we were only customers. Killer is that the bar is perfectly located on a picturesque marina with an outside patio overlooking the water and boats and sunset…yet, no one was there.
Wine list: It’s St Croix. Be happy they have one. They have maybe 10 red wines by the bottle on their list; some with prestigious pedigrees well over 100/bottle. We initially asked for a Sonoma Cab (out) and settled for a Joel Gott Cab at $36. The wine came out ice cold, like beer on a hot day…. Now don’t get me wrong…I’ve lived in the tropics for a long time and this is a tricky call…you can’t keep your quality red wines at room temp (85-ish) but seriously, you can’t keep them in the deep freeze either. At 36 bucks…whatever, but at +100$ if it came out with icicles…not so much.
We moved into the main dining area at 6:30. Still by ourselves. Polite waiter brought menus and the wine list and explained the daily specials, which included a “locally caught, fresh, yellow fin tuna”.
Say no more. Local tuna is delicious and if it’s on the menu, in a word; order it. Medium Rare.
When my tuna arrived, it was stone cold. Like barely out of the freezer cold with a singe on the outside.
Ate a bite but didn’t need to, because my fork told me all I needed to know. Frozen.
I sat and waited, and waited…for the waiter or anyone to come by and, after 10 minutes, got up and walked my plate into the service area.
Waiter took my plate and while I tried to explain, walked away into the kitchen without a word. A minute later the manager came by the table (with me with no plate) and asked if everything was satisfactory…so no communication between kitchen/servers/management.
Waiter apologized, and said that, being on an island, they don’t get fresh fish daily and the tuna was frozen and he shouldn’t have described it as “fresh, local caught” because it was neither. Frozen, store bought. I fish these waters daily and tuna, wahoo and mahi are in plentiful supply…and the chef has a MARINA in his back yard!
When the waiter returned with my Tuna entrée (you don’t need to hold your breath here, no one could have predicted it) it was over-cooked to the consistency of leather. That’s the risk of sending food back to a kitchen that doesn’t take pride in their food. You could almost hear the chef giving me the finger.
Not all bad and giving credit where its due…. The Missus had the surf and turf ($46) which gad a very nicely seasoned and prepared( med/rare) filet. But the “surf”, lobster, was a tiny morsel…about two small bites.
Garnishes were fine. Mashed potatoes with the steak and risotto with the tuna. Veggies fine.
Mussels appetizer with coconut curry was pretty good.
I live here. It just seems so wrong that a local restaurant would treat its customers so arrogantly. Tourists are not idiots… even they can see through your lies and manipulations. But locals? You can’t succeed here without our support, and you REALLY need to try harder to earn it.
I’m dialing the coconut telegraph as we speak….
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