Unbelievable in Bonaire
- phelana Dec 9, 2008 03:25 AM
Robby Mathews has opened Unbelievable on Abraham Blvd. I have been for two dinners and a lunch. The inside decor is very South Beach with a lot of aqua hues and funky art deco lights and fixtures. The staff is learning the ropes offering prompt and courteous service. The barman is eager to please. Robby makes a great Margarita.
I love the roof top dining but one mention, the street and tied dogs barked throughout both of my dining experiences. One particuliarly loud Doberman tied to a chain across the way made dining difficult. Once he settled into sleep it was enjoyable eating under the stars. Also NO MOSSIES. Great not to get eaten in the Caribbean whilst eating.
I have had the local seafood and the seafood pasta. Robby uses fresh local Wahoo as that seems to be most available. The presentation is lovely in pretty bowls with nice glasses. He has added a nice touch.
Tis the season so lovely soft Xmas music was playing and the place is all lit up and decorated in a holiday fashion.
I wish Robby well. This is one of many great places to dine on our little island.
We found this place disappointing. We made a reservation but the rooftop area was filled and we were seated in the downstairs area which is very SoBe as noted but a bit cold looking and feels kind of like a lobby. The food was ordinary and over-priced. Appetizers were smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail (4 medium shrimp for $12 US) and 2 other forgettable selections that similarly needed no prep or imagination. Main courses were decent - grilled fish, meat, etc, but unimaginative and strangely garnished with little mashed potato puffs done with a pastry bag and dyed the color of blue and red Play-Doh. Didnt help that we returned to our car to find the window broken, but we'd already decided not to return to this place. Save your money - go to Capriccio, Wil's, Bistro de Paris, El Fogon Latino, Plazita Limena, Mona Lisa...
I still love the location. Cliff is one of our island's best waiters. The fish is always fresh. I too find the prices are a bit high. I think their seafood bisques are the best on island and usually order soup and salad. Each restaurant you mention is great. To piggy back Capriccio's has the best wine list. My daughter and I have lunch there often for the antipasto. The service is better at lunch and the AC is a welcomed relief in the hot Summer months. Mona Lisa's 13.00 USD Bar Hap menu is perhaps the best buy on island. Bistro has a new chef and has been advertising some cool menu items lately. Wil's only serves fresh fish so when he posts tuna on the sidewalk blackboard, run in. Haven't been to E Fagon to eat in awhile but their snapper is always good. Have you tried Mi Banana for local eats? We like La Luna for tuna sashimi and their soups.