Friday, May 24, 2013


Encanto is the beach club and restaurant of the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.  Located away from the arrival pavilion and main pool and Positivo Sandbar, the open-air beach complex has a large pool, sun loungers, cabanas and a main restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.

At midday, there is menu of lunch classics - sandwiches, wraps, tacos, salads and pizzas and for dinner, the menu changes to Asian-inspired hot and cold appetizers along with several grilled items and sides.

For lunch, I've eaten almost everything on the menu - the blackened fish tacos are my favorite along with their freshly made tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa.  There's a good ceasar salad which can be ordered with churrasco (skirt steak), shrimp or chicken or the large kobe beef burger with Parmesan fries.

For dinner, we often order several appetizers to share and make a meal of that.  From the cold selection, don't miss the green papaya salad and the snapper ceviche while from the hot selection, my favorites are crispy yellow tail snapper with ginger sauce and the soy honey glazed Berkshire pork belly.  I've also had a simply grilled Atlantic salmon with green asparagus and the irresistible garlic fries.  Since the menus at lunch and dinner are so different, it's like eating in a different restaurant every time.  I prefer the dinner menu which is more creative and modern but that's just me.

Desserts are also different at lunch and dinner.  Don't miss the giant ice cream sundae for lunch and for dinner, try one of the Asian-inspired desserts like the banana spring rolls with a caramel dip or the coconut-flavored rice pudding.
Encanto Beach Club Bar and Grill
at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve
100 Dorado Beach Drive
Dorado PR 00646
Telephone: +1 787278 7232
*Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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