~ Restaurant revisited! ~
Occasionally, an evening is good enough to make one want to repeat it. Sometimes it could be the folk you are with that makes the evening so great; sometimes it could be because of the service, the wine or even the food. Well, actually, it is very often because of the food.
Not having had the opportunity to return to The Stone for quite some time, an evening came up that was too good an opportunity to miss. Great friends planned to meet at the lovely setting of this restaurant on the edge of Simpson Bay Lagoon one windless night recently.
I accepted the invitation with alacrity; I already knew what I wanted to order as the last time it was so good.
Arriving a tad earlier than most of our group that evening, I spied a couple friends and went over to chat to them. They were already eating and of course in the course of conversation, I asked what they were having and they started enthusing over the dishes set before them. I had not seen what they were eating on the menu last time I was there, their description of the dish sounded so amazing that I wanted to change my mind on what to order.
By the time we all sat down and conversation began about who was going to eat what, my mind was in a complete dither; someone else was ordering my fav dish – the one I wanted to order again – but then I wanted to try the new dish too, Oh, what to do? What to do? Oh, the indecisiveness on what to order because everything was so delicious!
In the end, some of us shared starters which gave us a chance to try the new (to us) dish. Starters were the delicious fish soup and the dish I had not tried before, superb fresh mahi-mahi (or swordfish) spring rolls. Tasty, freshly caught fish in a crispy spring roll wrapper with a mango relish can simply not be beat. I honestly could have (should have) had this dish as my main course.
Well, perhaps not, because my main was simply out of this world too. I ordered the duck breast with a side of orange sweet potato. When asked, I said I would like the duck breast medium rare. It arrived sizzling on the hot stone a tad underdone (as it should). The duck breast skin was crispy and the breast was semi sliced through so as I ate, I sliced a piece off and “cooked” it on the stone to my liking; just can’t get anything more perfect than that. The sweet potato dish was perfection as a side for the duck.
The others had various fish-dish orders on their stone. As soon as the fish arrived, most of them scooped the fish off the hot stone as it was perfectly cooked on arrival. This is what is so good about hot-stone cooking; each person can have their meal cooked as they like it right in front of their eyes. The sides ranged from mashed potato, the sweet orange potato, veggies, peppers and salad. No one opted for dessert this time round but I know for a fact that the desserts are all great.
Service was slick, the great wine list made us happy, the food was excellent, the setting was peaceful and the parking plentiful and close by. What more could one wish for when sharing a great evening with good friends.
6 Welfare Road # 6 Laguna View Complex
In Rear of Building, on the Water
Phone: 1(721) 526-2037
Cuisine: Food cooked on Hot Stone
Good: Easy Parking
Price range: $$
Staff friendliness ****
Service speed ****
Restaurant cleanliness ****
Food quality *****
Value for money ****