Last night we had the opportunity to review the brand new Caribbean Fish Market at the Elysian Hotel (the old Roberts). They are one of two new restaurants the St. Thomas Restaurant Group has opened, the first being Sunset Grille (they just won our St. Thomas Blog Award for Best Newbie Restaurant).
Caribbean Fish Market has been opened for over a month now so they’ve had time to work out all the kinks and are fully operational. They’ve completely re-modeled the entire restaurant. Locals will be SHOCKED at the transformation. Tourists will just think it’s really cool. And just to dispel the rumors that Caribbean Fish Market is expensive please scroll down for prices.
Back to their design…they have a cool fish tank tv:
A Nautical Theme:
A New Bar that looks huge and open since they took down the storage cabinets that hung over the bar on either side, and the blue colors are awesome…
We were greeted by a VERY friendly waiter known as “Big Life” who hails from St. Kitts:
Big Life is a professional server, ask for him as he was exceptional. He’s a really great guy and he took a lot of ribbing from our party with a smile, so cheers to Big Life.
We all perused the menu and were pleasantly surprised at the prices. Appetizers range from $10-$16 and 11 of the 16 entrees are UNDER $30. I was hearing rumors that this was an expensive restaurant, sorry guys, it’s very affordable compared to other high end restaurants.
Check out the menus:
One idea I really like is the “Build Your Own Fresh Catch” dish. You can basically choose between fish, starch, veggie and sauce. That way when you go back another time you can mix it up a different way. Great idea.
Okay so…off we go with the spectacular food. We started with a little something from the Chef, a Tuna Tartare to wet our appetitie.
We then ordered our appetizers: Grilled Stuffed Calamari (stuffed with rock shrimp, peppers, scallions, lemon chive creme fraiche)
We all shared every dish to get honest opinions and my personal opinion of the Grilled Stuffed Calamari is that it’s the bomb! If you like calamari and don’t try this you’ll be missing out. I’d rank this as one of the best appetizers I’ve EVER had, it was that good. And only $12.
Nicci had the Lobster Organic Wild mushroom Ravioli (goat cheese cilantro pesto cream, truffle, baby arugula)
The goat cheese and pesto cream really made this a unique scrumptious dish. It was quickly devoured by our group of 4. I must say I’ve never seen lobster ravioli done this way and if you’re open to new tastes I’d highly recommend it. There were three big raviolis, pretty filling.
Our friend Cristina had the Chesapeake lump Crab Cake (their secret recipe, tempura tomatillo, citrus buerre blanc)
I did not try this appetizer but the rest of our group loved, loved, loved it.
Okay deep breaths, that’s a lot of food. Time for some great conversation while our entrees were being prepared. You can’t help but love the beach front setting. Eating dinner under the stars on the beach is just so relaxing. I think food just generally tastes better when you here the ocean in the background.
For dinner Cristina chose the Black Bass Special with lemon risotto, cream sauce and asaparagus:
The fish was tender, juicy and well prepared. The cream sauce was a bit too spicy for her though. I don’t eat fish and didn’t try it but Alan and Nicci both tried it and really enjoyed their bites.
Nicci had the Fish and Chips (VI beer battered, truffle scented house cut steak fries, lemon tarter sauce, sriracha ketchup). I actually looked at Nicci cross-eyed on her selection, I’m not a huge Fish and Chips on the menu kinda guy but they’re a seafood restaurant. Personally (if I ate fish) I would have skipped the Fish and Chips and went right to the build your own Fresh Catch, but that’s me.
As you can see by the photos they don’t skimp on the portion sizes. We all kinda felt the portion sizes were large for a high end restaurant. The fish was talapia. Nicci enjoyed the Fish and Chips but it didn’t wow her…but the hand cut steak fries were phenomenal! Nicci is looking foward to her next meal from the mix-and-match section.
Alan actually asked Big Life to pick anything and surprise him. So what did Big Life choose?
Drum roll please….He chose a manchego crusted NY Strip with grilled asparagus and 4 onion veal broth with crab mashed potatoes. Damn Big Life, who’s better than you!
I tried this steak and as a steak eater can guaranfreakintee you it will be one of the best NY strips you’ll ever have. Grilled to a perfect medium. You could cut it with a butter knife. Kudos to the chef on this one, just fabulous.
And last but not least I had the Surf and turf (Filet and whole lobster)
Let’s start with the seafood medley stuffing, unbelievable. Light and tasty, I don’t care for a heavy stuffing. The filet is an 8 ounce grass fed Angus which was thick, tender and juicy. The steak was as a good as you’ll get in any steakhouse. This one you could cut with a fork The lobster was tender and sweet but tough to get out of the shell. I found myself wrestling with a fork and a knife but it didn’t hurt the lobster taste or tenderness. Obviously this is a pricey dish and not everyone will order but for those that do, you’ll love it!
Desserts included the Painkiller Rice Pudding
Red Velvet with cheesecake
Flourless Chocolate Torte
And Key-lime Cake
All the desserts were fantastic BUT the Key-Lime cake was to die for. Seriously folks, get the cake if you go, yummy
Caribbean Fish Market will make a mad dash at being the best seafood restaurant on St. Thomas. I expect big time things from these guys and that super Chef of theirs. The St. Thomas Restaurant group is really putting out some great meals and their service has always been top notch. Kudos guys.
As always we are fully transparent, Caribbean Fish Market is a paid advertiser and this was a paid review but had absolutely no bearing on how we rated the restaurant. we’re 100% honest and our clients are told that in advance.