If you’ve never had dinner out with a couple of restaurant pros, you have something to look forward to. Grace and Bob Rood, owners of five restaurants in the Washington, DC area over the past 25 years, joined us at Blue Tang last week – and we did a lot of comparison eating on St. John.
Overlooking Cruz Bay at Sunset, there is no more atmospheric and romantic spot on the island than Asolare. But some years that’s all the place offered. Chefs came and went, and the food ranged from great to so-so. It’s Great again.
With many years of cooking and plating and preparing menus, the Roods know what makes a restaurant a success. Asolare won points from them at the start, with the menu. Offering about a dozen entrees, and about half a dozen of appetizers and salads, the kitchen’s not trying to do everything for everybody.
And the food! Five stars. Rack of lamb, locally caught Mahi Mahi, and some kind of Asian chicken dish
that Bob had all were rated high. (The Shrimp Tempura appetizer on a
bed of local greens with a balsamic dress were fantastic, too.) Ever
the restaurateurs, Bob and Grace rated the food presentation as top
From the standpoint of service, another knockout. Our waitress recognized Mrs. Inquiring Iguana (Donna) from our one visit last year, and Donna remembered our waitress had been expecting a child. That led to "How’s the baby?", which led to baby picture. A welcoming beginning.
Yes, I know the place is expensive. $60-$70/person with a couple of beers (Watch out for the La Crema Chardonnay at $15/glass. We pay $12.99/bottle at Costco.) But you have to have one splurge night on St. John, and Asolare is a best bet choice.
Ask the restaurant experts! Bob’s summary: "Grace, this place could make it in Washington."