If Kitchen 218 was in Dallas, it would be the perfect place to take a date you want to impress. Located poolside at Beach House Turks and Caicos on Providenciales in the Caribbean, Kitchen 218 feels like a swanky friend’s envious backyard. The boutique hotel is a short ride away from both Alexandra Resort on Grace Bay Beach and Blue Haven Resort on a complimentary shuttle. You can wait for your table on the charming front porch swing if it strikes your fancy. The restaurant itself is situated in the hotel’s lush pool garden.
My friend Sarah was happy as a conch when our waitress brought out warm, orange-scented wash clothes. The service at Kitchen 218 is fantastic. Our waitress was more than happy to discuss the menu to help us find what we were in the mood for. The chef is absolutely adorable and she loves playing with the catch of the day so if you dine here, ask what Chef recommends. And don’t forget to tell her The Rose Table says hello!
Here are a few of my favorite picks at Kitchen 218. I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the quality of the photos. The lighting was very dim and romantic and my Canon didn’t handle it well. One of these days I’ll travel with a photographer! In the meantime you’re stuck with my pedestrian digital camera.
The Rose Table’s Favorite Dishes:
Can this count as a dish? It’s my article and I say yes. You’re presented with a single bite to wet your palate. On the evening we dined at this garden restaurant, the amuse-bouche was seared tuna salad, one bite of perfection.
The seafood chowder at Kitchen 218 is generously filled with copious amounts of conch, shrimp, and scallops. The dish is so flavorful and creamy without at all being heavy as some chowders are. The flavors sing in this well-balanced starter. Maybe that’s the rum talking? That’s right, there’s a splash of rum in this cup of soup! Welcome to the Caribbean, mate.
I asked Chef what she recommended and she said, “For you, lobster.” I’m sure my whole face must have lit up. The poached lobster is served with yellow chili foam (which, by the way, is as fun to eat as it sounds, pickled cucumbers, baby carrots, wasabi cream, and salmon caviar. Le sigh. The presentation on a slate is gorgeous and it tastes even better than it looks.
Garlic Marinated Grilled Lobster
Served with garden vegetables and organic mashed potatoes this lobster tail was as smokey as Texas BBQ! The sweet ginger beurre blanc sauce played nicely off of the smokiness from the lobster. I enjoyed this dish with a sauvignon blanc from Sonoma County, a pairing recommended by Chef.
My favorite of all the drinks and dessert was the butterscotch shooter. Rich, creamy, and full of brown sugar goodness, I could easily drink this adorable shooter as a whole milkshake. Also delicious: the Beach House Coffee with Amaretto, Godiva, whipped cream, rum, and cinnamon. If cocktails are your thing, you’ll love the extensive list at Kitchen 218. (Check out the full cocktail list here.)
Kitchen 218 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On weekends the restaurant also serves brunch from 11:00am until 3:00pm.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. A portion of this trip may have been compensated but opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it.