Today is: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Baleen Restaurant Review
Baleen restaurant Located inside Paradise Point Resort & Spa is
absolutely fabulous. The casually elegant setting and the food were
extraordinary, and the chef went beyond our expectations and prepared
the most amazing,
and delicious dinner.
The décor is very romantic, with candles in each table and very cozy ambiance.
also view the kitchen while they are preparing your meal. They have a great bar as well,
which has a large selection of wine; beer, martini, and you name it!
We started by having the most pleasant waiter, Rich who guided and helped us to choose
between many choices. We started with a selections of what they consider the most
popular appetizers and we did not feel regret, the choices were truly satisfying and
rich in flavors, especially if you enjoy Seafood.
While we were waiting for these appetizers, they served their traditional Monkey Bread,
which I can easily say that it was the best freshly home-made bread you can get, served
warm, very crispy and crunchy with parmesan cheese, you must try, it was to-die-for, and
they served it with “EVOO”; extra virgin olive oil. Did I mention we ate it all?
Tuna Tataki, Lobster Martini, Crab Cakes, Scallops
The first appetizer was the “Rare” Tuna Tataki – seaweed served with a mushroom salad,
the tuna was very tender and refreshing for a start, loved it! Then we had the Baleen’s
Crab Cakes with a simply great avocado relish, these were unusual extra large crab
cakes, enough for 3 or 4 people to share, very good and lots of crab, then the
following was the Wood Roasted Scallops, with wasabi mash on Asian butter, simply
delicious and satisfying. What a great choice, but the surprising one was the Lobster
Martini! Wow… this is the one, with large pieces of lobster on a mashed potato and
shaved truffles, not only a great presentation, but it was also the finest appetizer you
can get, and to finish our appetizer selection we had the Lobster Bisque, great flavor,
served with huge pieces of lobster on a crème fraiche, yes, I would ask for it
Australian Lobster tail
Are you ready for our main course? I hope you are, Chef Gustavo Trejel
gently offered to give
us his choices and made it easier for us by completing our
dining experience. He sent 3
main courses, and I can’t tell which one was our
favorite, because all of them surpassed
our expectation, and they all were
exquisite and fabulous.
Spinach with Garlic
If you love seafood, Baleen is the place, the Australian Lobster tail I had was divine,
the lobster was large enough to be shared in two, the meat was sweet and tender, as
every authentic Australian lobster, it could not be eaten without their side dishes, so
I got tempted to try the Coconut Rice and the Spinach with Garlic and Lemon. The choice
could not have been better; the rice was deliciously prepared with vegetables and
coconut, the taste was sweet, perfect to go with our meal, and the spinach was very well
done tasting light garlic, which I am crazy for, both were excellent choices as side
Roquefort Crusted Filet Mignon
The second marvelous chef’s choice was the Roquefort Crusted Filet Mignon served with
Mashed Potato on a red wine sauce. The filet was made to perfection, the meat was
tender and cooked medium-rare, the taste was spectacular, and we both had it, even their
junior size was enough for 2 people, and finally, we had the Herbed Chilean Sea bass
with fennel-leek ragout on a carrot and butter sauce, this was a huge filet of fresh Sea
bass, it tasted so fresh and light, that we enjoyed every piece of it.
Herbed Chilean Sea bass with fennel-leek ragout
Did we have room for desserts, not really, but again Chef Gustavo proved that his guests
are treated like kings, and we got the privilege to try his 3 specialties, and they were
all spectacular to your eyes and to your palate; The Chocolate Hangover, consisting of
flowerless cake, dark cinnamon, light hazelnut and crème of coffee anglaise on top, then
the Chocolate Tres-Leches, (Chocolate with 3 milks); Dolce de Leche (sweet milk), and
Crème Frache gelato, I do not have to say that it was simply the best, and finally his
Crème Brulee one with coffee flavor, and one with passion fruit, both were a truly a
fest to end our superb meal.
Chocolate Hangover, Crème Brulee, Chocolate Hangover
What a fantastic dinner! Thank you Chef Gustavo, your innovative food and friendly
professional staff made our evening of intimate fine dining an experience so thoroughly
enjoyable that we will have no choice but to return again and again.
Chef Gustavo Trejel
Baleen Restaurant, give the guests the feeling of sailing on the Caribbean sea with it’s
dining deck located on a jetty extending out to sea, overlooking the resort’s private
white-sand beach at Mission Bay. It’s breathtaking location; creative specialties and a
Balinese décor have made it a guest favorite for years. Baleen Restaurant only offers
dinner, which guarantees an unforgettable dining experience.
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visit their website
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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