We live in Las Vegas, and travel to P.V. several times a year for the sea, the green, the humidity and if we're lucky, the rain. We discovered Chef Bruce and the Back Alley Restaurant early on and were quite sorry when he sold it. "I have another idea", he said.
Last week as we were walking on the Malecon, a familiar voice called to us and we met Bruce and his lovely wife Julia at another restaurant. He told us his "idea" had come to fruition and gave us his new address. We instantly made reservations, and frankly this was the high-light of this trip.
Theatro Limon is in his house in Amara, near the Montessori School. Enter through a torch-lit patio, into a huge dining room with an island kitchen to your left. Be seated by a marvelous staff, and the "theater" begins. Bruce was already pretty much aware of our likes and dislikes from our previous experience with "Bruce's Back Alley", but he joined us while cocktails were ordered to explain his "idea", and check on gross dislikes or allergies which we may have. He introduced us to the other guests present, then the parade of perfectly prepared and beautifully presented dishes started rolling toward all our tables.
Several tables of large groups were also present, one with two small girls about five and six respectively, and everyone watched or assisted while Bruce created five courses of incredibly complex and delicious food. At one point Bruce brought a chair into the kitchen to provide the younger of the two girls the necessary height to help prepare a velvety Mornay sauce to accompany perfectly grilled medallions of filet mignon.
Dinner ended with a marvelous Basil Ice Cream made daily by Julia, accompanied by a small Baklava. Afterwards we smoozed with the other guests and then closed the restaurant while trading tales and drinks with Bruce and Julia, and the lovely staff. Allow YaYa to select a wine for you, she's uncanny.
So, is it a great haute cuisine restaurant? A party? A cooking show ala Mario Batali or Tyler Florence? Yes. It is Theatro Limon.
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