Originally Posted by remykion
We have decided not to have a private reception due to budgets and that we are having a big reception on our return, however we will be making a reservation in one of the restaurants for our 21 guests, I appreciate that there is a set up fee of 20 usd per person. as you have already been there is there any of the restaurants that you would reccommend? or is there any restaurants that you would strongly advise to steer clear of?
We would consider paying the extra fee to have this more private on the terrace of our chosen retaurant just so that we can play songs off our ipod as we wouldnt be able to do this otherwise but again this will depend on finances when the final invoice comes through.
It really depends on your preference for food - my group enjoyed all of the restaurants (and we had a couple of foodies). Several of our experienced travellers were very impressed with the quality of food even from the buffet. I think my favourite was Capers (Italian) or Spice (Asian). We were there for 7 nights but with Welcome Dinner, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Dinner, and a Private dinner on beach, I didn't have a chance to try everywhere!
If you like Asian cuisine Spice is great and the terrace is private and has a very intimate atmosphere overlooking giant koi ponds. Many of our younger guests ate here a few times since they could do do the regular menu one night and then the tappenaki tables (different menu) another night.
Menu choices here - sushi, pad thai, udon noodles, seasame chicken etc.
Mercure the French restaurant is also very good but it very decadent food so be prepared for everyone to be in a food coma by the time your are done (and service is slower, as they really play into the "French" vibe) - about 2.5 hours for our group of 6 the night we went. This restaurant also has a terrace which overlooks the garden so that could be a very nice option for a private dinner if you went that way.
Menu choices here - filet mignon, salmon, chicken in puff pastry...probably more traditional "wedding" food.
Cin-Cin and Capers are side by side (in the same stretch of building as the buffet) and are both excellent in food, service and decor but more of my guests preferred Capers. Downfall to either of these is no terrace for outdoor dining.
Menu: Capers does amazing osso bucco and more traditional Italian fare like stuffed pasta.
Menu: Cin-Cin has seafood (ie swordfish) and stuffed chicken.
I never made it to the Mexican restaurant but our guests that did enjoyed it. The buffet featured Mexican cuisine regularly so I didn't feel as compelled to try it out.
Hopefully that helps!