Resort Showcases Best Fare in the Destination
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – February 7, 2013 – Eden Roc at Cap Cana, by Solaya Hotels & Resorts, elevates the culinary experience in Punta Cana with the opening of its highly anticipated Mediterraneo Restaurant. Showcasing fine Mediterranean cuisine created by Executive Chef Gianluca Re Fraschini, Mediterraneo presents a dining experience, for both breakfast and dinner, unlike any other in Punta Cana.
“Our objective is to establish a destination for culinary enthusiasts who appreciate the intricacies of fine cuisine,” explains Paolo Sanavia, CEO of Solaya Hotels & Resorts. “Our four dining establishments, which include La Palapa, Gastronomico, Riva Bar, La Cava and Blue Lagoon – in addition to Mediterraneo – provide distinct experiences while always presenting beautifully crafted offerings that exceed guest expectations.”
The restaurant’s menu, which exudes a journey of flavors and ingredients from Mediterranean cultures, blends local elements with specialties flown in from artisanal suppliers in Europe. The expert culinary team behind Mediterraneo includes Chef Re Fraschini, along with Sous Chef Mauro Gianinazzi and Pastry Chef Gwendal Comellec – all who combined have more than 45 years of experience. Chef Gianinazzi hails from Switzerland, where his previous experience afforded him exposure in luxury hotels and award-winning gourmet restaurants such as Restaurant Funke’s Obstgarten, Restaurant Bam Bou and Restaurant Sens. Chef Comellec, originally from France, also has extensive experience previously working at top-rated hotels, including Orient Express and Relais & Chateux properties, also Michelin rated venues, in both Caribbean and Europe.
The restaurant’s breakfast offering includes an appetizing buffet spread with traditional favorites and local staples, such as an organic egg station, pancakes, fruit, cheeses and meats. Guests can enjoy the daily fresh items available including baked breads, muffins and desserts as well as fresh juices such as pineapple, carrot and cucumber. Local items from La Altagracia region handpicked by Chef Re Fraschini himself include raw goat milk, tropical bee wildflower honeycomb, homemade goat cheese with fine herbs and seasonal fruit marmalades.
In the evening, Mediterraneo presents an impeccable menu for four courses. Guests can begin with a cold or hot appetizer; among the delicious options is the foie gras terrine or red snapper carpaccio. For the intermezzo, diners have the option of carnaroli rice in squid ink, capon consommé with pistachio tortellini or pasta maltagliati with sautéed langoustines and morel mushrooms in lobster bisque. For the main course, perfectly prepared red snapper fillet, Angus fillet or Wagyu long-bone rib-eye steak are available. To end the experience, a fine selection of cheeses and dessert including favorites such as rose macaron, pineapple semifreddo with heart of Mojito and sablé Breton or Chocolate fondant with dates and cinnamon ice cream are just divine.
Complementing the delectable menu is the alluring ambiance at Mediterraneo. The décor presents a subtle elegance, rich yet simple. Guests enter into a fantastic great room with two large white iron chandeliers, showcasing the high ceilings and perfectly reflecting the coral stone flooring. Beautiful Italian drapery in ivory, lime green and purple decorates the floor-to-ceiling windows. The dining tables are perfectly positioned with generous space in between providing an airy atmosphere; large deep brown wooden tables with rattan chairs make one feel like at a home dining table. For alfresco dining, Mediterraneo has a charming terrace area that overlooks the pool and lush greenery beyond.
Mediterraneo is open daily for breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and for dinner, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
To celebrate the opening of the Mediterraneo restaurant, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is offering an exclusive five-course degustation menu designed by its Chefs with Sommelier-selected wine pairings at the Mediterraneo Restaurant for $ 90.00 per person, subject to tax. Advanced dinner reservations are required. This degustation menu is available for a limited time only.
During the weekend, Eden Roc at Cap Cana offers an attractive line-up of activities as well, including:
Beach Bar Happy Hour, which takes place Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., presents a three for two hour special at the Caletón Beach Bar.
On Saturdays from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Riva Bar Chocolate & Rum Degustation presents three glasses of selected Rum and three chocolate rounds of degustation to guests. Premium stocked cigars are also offered at 20% off. Live music is performed by a local pianist. The price per person is $45.00 plus 28% services and tax.
On Sundays, visitors and guests are invited to La Palapa by Eden Roc BBQ taking place from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The BBQ includes a choice of beef cuts, seafood and fresh fish fillets. The price per person is $49 plus 28% services and tax.
About Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the premier property by Solaya Hotels & Resorts, consists of 34 freestanding suites that offer its jet-setting guests an unprecedented level of intimate luxury that personifies glamour. Eden Roc at Cap Cana privileges to spoil further with extravagant amenities such as the resort’s full service spa, golf course at Punta Espada, Caletón Beach Club, Koko Kids Club, six diverse culinary selections and more.
About Solaya Hotels & Resorts
Solaya Hotels & Resorts is a privately held company with its main interest in the development of ultra-luxurious boutique hotels. Eden Roc at Cap Cana will be the first luxury resort from the group and will set the vision and tone for the company’s future growth within the hospitality industry. Solaya was born from the passion and quest for excellence of its founders, who have created a unique concept of intimate luxury.