Having missed this restaurant for a couple of years during our annual visits to Marigot Bay, we thought we would give RFH yet another chance. I'm very pleased to report that we were not disappointed. We had a wonderful meal with fine service from Keicha and her colleagues. We made reservations for dinner with jazz provided by Empress and her father, and were quickly checked in by maître d' Wilson, who later came round to check all was fine. We were soon attended with menus and requests for drink orders, and were very pleased to see that RFH has reverted to its previous prix fixe (2 courses for EC$130 (US$48) or 3 for EC$160 (US$59).
We started with complimentary bruschetti (topped with a wonderful mixture of cut vegetables) followed by a small glass of delicious seafood dumplings, both of which were clearly made from fresh products. (RFH used to offer also a complimentary sorbet but ours seems to have gone AWOL.) I ordered the famous lump crab cake (EC$8 supplement) with banana chutney, and a couple of marinated mussels. Absolutely delicious; probably the best I've tasted. My wife chose the RF caesar, which was also excellent. Meanwhile, we were also tucking into a nice bottle of (reasonably priced) Norton Malbec. We chose the pan-fried mahi mahi with roasted spiced pumpkin, tostones, creole beurre blanc and callaloo reduction, which was excellent and straight from the oven. By the, we were flagging - but could not resist a shared portion of pineapple and coconut cheesecake drizzled with caramel and pineapple sauce, which was OK (a little too desiccated; the best cheesecake on the Bay is still Julietta's at her Lookout overlooking the Bay).
Expensive? Yes. Over EC$540/US$216, which is about EC$200/US$80 more for a 3 course dinner at any other restaurant on the Bay. (We're usually on the Bay for a month each year.) Nonetheless, RFH is good value for money for a special occasion. You would pay the same, if not more, in London or New York - although I believe the folks from Oklahoma (earlier review) when they say they would pay less there.
So, John - given our history - we are delighted to write this overwhelmingly positive report. Will we return? Absolutely - although unlike one of your other diners, we will not be chartering a jet specially for the purpose.
Oh, and the chairs are just fine. New cushions?