Our last dinner was at the beach-side dock of Mango Reef restaurant. It’s located at an enormous complex of buildings that don’t say “quaint beach vacation” in any way. The restaurant itself, though, looks out onto the ocean and along the shore, and you can forget the buildings behind you.
Out of all the dinner locations, this was the most casual, suited for large groups and small children – of which we didn’t see much at the other restaurants. Since it was our last night, I wanted my meal to be as local as possible. Conch ceviche salad was the obvious starter choice and I was first surprised at the portion size and secondly extremely pleased at the refined textures and flavors in this salad – not what I was expecting from such a casual setting.
Simply grilled spiny lobster was also an obvious choice. Back up north, we don’t get spiny lobsters, which are smaller and sweeter than the clawed Maine lobsters. Although the vegetables on the plate were bland and boring, this was a lobster that one would see at any fine dining restaurant in New York. It was prepared so expertly that the lobster meat would melt in your mouth. It was seriously lobster-y tasting and also took on that distinct grill flavor.
After the superior quality of the seafood, my key lime pie dessert was disappointing. It wasn’t bad, and, yes, I did eat the entire thing, but it didn’t hit my criteria for an ideal key lime pie. I wish it had been more tart and the lime flavor more pronounced. The graham cracker crust was also a little soggy and not firm and crisp, and it didn’t need the extra sauce on top.
I walked away from the restaurant, though, still fully satisfied, and a little sad that we had to leave the next day. I still could have stayed for at least another week, have eaten double my weight in seafood and have enjoyed more rum and fresh fruit.
Mango Reef :: The Alexandra Resort :: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos :: mangoreef.com