Demian and I were treated to an evening of Gourmet Dining at Hidden Treasure in San Pedro last weekend.

We had attended as a part of a larger group event, but the intimate setting made for an elegant evening of fine dining. Hidden Treasure’s decor is simple and sophisticated at the same time. It is an open-air restaurant, with hardwood floors and wooden interiors, and white linen curtains that give an island-jungle feel. The atmosphere is enchanting, with candle-light dining.

As we arrived at the table, we were offered cool wet towels, signaling the start of the first-class service. We had a prearranged menu, and selected the Chimichurri Pork Chops, along with the Kaiken Ultra, Malbec from the wine list. Undoubtedly, Hidden Treasure offers some of the island’s finest cuisine.

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What a treat it was to enjoy a couple nice glasses of wine after a long day’s work (a long week, actually). The appetizers were fabulous, an assortment of shrimp crusted with fresh coconut flakes, deep fried and served with a homemade Creole sauce; slices of boneless breast, crusted with black pepper corns, fennel seed, sautéed in olive oil and served with a tropical fruit salsa; and an incredible conch ceviche, all delicately prepared. The service was excellent, even though the restaurant was completely full.

 

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The Chimichurri Pork Chops were served with an assortment of steamed vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. The food was amazing, and dessert was a Chocolate Caribbean Rum Cake. It had layers of rich creamy Caribbean dark rum filling, topped with flavorful chocolate syrup…to die for.

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It’s not on the seafront, or the main streets of “downtown” San Pedro.  It is for sure off the beaten path (hence its name), but a visit to Hidden Treasure Restaurant is highly recommended. Be sure to find this treasure of a place tucked away in the Escalante subdivision, about a mile south of the center of town.  You will like the ambiance, service and decor, but you are also assured a culinary experience like no other in San Pedro.

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