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The food here is very good...bit on the healthy fusion side. Their shrimp and mushroom tacos are delicious...
Their semi-freddo cheesecake is so so good...( a must)
It is located inside Casa de Campo, in the Marina.
This place opened his culinary offer last December at well known Marina Area in Casa de Campo, Dominicana.
They introduced a new concept-name with their "Pop Food".
That "Pop" stands for popular recipes, not to be confused with "Pop Art".
As part of the "Food...& Wines" Festival going on last weekend in CDC we decided to go there and find out, first hand, what was that Pop Food about.
We were having a family weekend, at my son's Villa there, as part of the last Summer vacation weekend of 3 of our dear gran children.
When we get to "La Morela" and had a look at their recipes, we realized (it was obvious) that it is not the kind of food for our little ones. We first went to have some Pizzas for them at the next door Italian Place. After that Pizzas and ice-cream we left them at the nearby theater watching "Pixel", the movie, while we finally tried La Morela and its Pop Food.
As that festival was going on, it was not the best day to try their recipes; they had a limited especial Menu and a 3 courses tasting menu honoring that weekend Festival.
Food and drinks Plaza Area at La Marina of CDC is very lively, with a wide restaurants offer, overlooking the Marina itself. They are two locals of the biggest wines and liquor retailers in DR. Needless to note that Marina Area is "The Chic" place to be, wearing proper, but well-sportily-dressy attires, while at Casa de Campo, the finest Resort in the Caribbean.
Back to pop food place...we were not as impressed as expected by it. Probably those expectations were too high or it was too busy that night.
As my son love to order recipes to share we "designed" our own tasting menu which included the main-official Festival tasting menu as well :
Festival tasting menu was; "Ceviche" as appetizer, "Leg-Lamb" as main course and their signature dessert. As we had so many recipes I'm to focusing on those one of interest and advice for my TA readers review
On those two recipes of the tasting menu the slow cooked "Leg of Lamb", which is a traditional spaniard dish, overwhelmed the preceding appetizer. It was as good as it can get if you like Lamb flavors. Besides that it was a huge portion that only a youngster like my son could "manage" to finish it up !
Our other recipes selections were: "Chickpeas Hummus" to start, as well as a "Grilled Octopus". The first recipe was nice, but our Octopus was overcooked and showing a too softly texture.
Main courses ( yes; besides Lamb) were ; "Duck Magret Rissotto" with Parmesan cheese in which the Duck was too fatty. Churrasco steak (Skirt Steak),properly cooked, but nothing to rave about and a "creation" recipe "Morela Wrap" in the manner of a Hamburger wrapped in a soft Mexican tortilla. From all those recipes that Hamburger Roll was the best one (a little bit dry though) and coincidently the only one with Morelia-Mex food influences.
A funny moment happened when the young server had a close look to a red Burgundy wine that we bring over from our Cellar....just to know if it was a expensive one to charge us their Corkage fee accordingly to its value !
....of course that should not happen as it is the unpolitest, rather funny, question to ask and not nice at all ! We let him know that and he was kind enough to charge a reasonable corkage
Besides that, service was friendly and attentive, but some kind of unfocused now and then. The setting in their uncovered Terrace style area, right next to those big Boats Slips, is just nice :
They can and must do some better arrangements to "upgrade" that setting.
All restaurants at CDC are on the high-end, not only in ambiance, but in their prices. Our Check was edging the upper limit of that high, rather expensive boundaries, but not proper or I should say; accordingly to a rather informal Pop Food Place...even-thought located at Casa de Campo a place that is a perfect one for "splurgy moments" !
With certain regrets, after our "Cortadito Cafe", I took care of that "Dolorosa"
...Regrets that would need to be forgotten before giving it a "second chance" ?More
Date of visit: August 2015
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