We arrived at Caneel in the late afternoon. We went straight away to the concierge to make our dinner reservations for the week. We were pleasantly surprised that the Estate House had availability. This was our first visit to Caneel, but friends had recommended we try it.
It was great. The atmosphere,like most of caneel, was so relaxing. We sat at a table by two French doors that opened up onto the veranda. There was a nice cool breeze and the sound of the surf rolling into turtle bay.
Our waitress was very sweet but a little flighty. She was new and a little overwhelmed, I think. But she took good care of us through the course of the meal, and seemed to settle in and find her groove by the second course.
The menu was quite nice and varied. My wife had the asparagus three ways. I had the pork belly. Her app was delicious, but the asparagus foam was amazing. My pork was a little overdone, but the overall dish was very inventive and tasty.
For our entrée, she had the scallops, and I had the snapper. My fish was well prepared. The skin was crispy, it was well seasoned without overpowering the fish, and the sauce was delicious. My wife is a scallops fanatic. She loves them, and is very particular about how they are prepared. She said hers was the best scallops she had ever had. The sommelier was very helpful with finding a bottle that paired well with both of our meals.
We shared the apple tort. We're not big dessert eaters, so I'm not the best one to review it, but it was tasty. However, I had a snifter of grappa that was top notch. I love grappa and this was good stuff.
It is at a higher price point than you would pay for a similar meal stateside, but isn't that true of everything in St. John? All in all, it was a great first meal on our visit to St. John.
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