Having come highly recommended by our foodie Airbnb host, Mario, we really wanted to love this little establishment, but in the end walked away only partially satisfied with the food.
This casual restaurant/bar is a bit funky with its decor, ranging from modernized kerosene lamps on the tables to naked records gracing the interior walls. The outside patio serves as a dining area while the interior is dominated by a central bar with some additional seating along the periphery. The entire menu is handwritten, filled with personality, and probably my favorite thing about the restaurant. The service was excellent. It wasn’t too crowded at the time, but I’m quite sure the staff would have been just as attentive regardless.
What We Ordered
- Tropical Tickle Ceviche appetizer
- Lil’ Noodle Bowl appetizer
- The Seafood Medley entree
The ceviche was quite good and had a subtle sweetness from the pineapple chunks. It was topped with a yummy “creamy citrus infusion with sour cream.”
The noodle bowl was described as a “de-constructed springroll” with a mixture of a number of veggies, but all we could taste was ginger, and the “side sweet & hot sauce” that came with wasn’t much to celebrate. Overall a bit bland.
(Sorry about the pics…it was quite dark.)
The seafood combo was a mixed bag. We upgraded to the lobster tail which, along with the fish, were both meh. Not horrible, but nothing special and slightly bland. On the other hand, the shrimp and conch skewers were delicious: perfect texture and the accompanying ginger soy dipping sauce was a tasty addition.
Fans on TripAdvisor rave about the food and drinks. Given the wide variety on their menu, I might give Nook another cautious try. At half price for their appetizers, happy hour looks to be a great deal, but is limited to a handful of dishes and most are not the healthiest options. At about US$50 for two people, I don’t feel like I quite got the full bang for my buck. You may exclaim, “But Suggie…you paid $25/person for all that seafood!” and I would have to answer that I would have been delighted to pay $25 if I had loved all the food…but I didn’t.