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A Dietitian Foodie Mom’s Review of Beaches Turks and Caicos Cuisine

As a dietitian, a mom, and a true foodie, I was blown away by the quality, flavour, variety, and presentation of the food at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa. So much so that I have decided to dedicate a full blog post to the meals and snacks we enjoyed while we were there and also highlight of few of the restaurants and culinary team that left a lasting impact on us.

Before going into details about the food, there are a few pieces of important information about dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos:

  1. There are 21 restaurants and 2 gourmet food trucks.
  2. There is a variety of cuisine including: Caribbean, Italian, Asian, French, and Southwest.
  3. There is something for everyone. Whether you prefer oatmeal with fruit or Eggs Benedict for breakfast, soup and salad or a burger and fries for lunch, fish and chips or lobster and beef tenderloin for supper…you will be able to meet whatever craving you have at Beaches Turks and Caicos with 5 star flavour!
  4. If you have a food allergy or intolerance or another dietary-related need you can see the Culinary Concierge Team upon your arrival to review all menus and order any special meals or snacks you desire ahead of time. This makes for incredibly easy and stress-free nourishment times.
  5. Chef Colin, Chef Craig, and the entire culinary team are incredibly dedicated to ensuring you enjoy every single bite of food you take while you are on vacation at Beaches Turks and Caicos. They design the menus, create the recipes, prepare the meals, and plate the food with full love and dedication.

 

Breakfasts: We enjoyed 7 breakfasts at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Our first was at Skye which is above Bayside Restaurant and offers breathtaking views of the turquoise Caribbean waters. We also started our day at Barefoot with our toes in the sand, Neptunes in Key West Village, and Schooners. These all have incredible views and decadent food offerings. At Skye, Clay and Rhett enjoyed dairy free pancakes, Wes and I enjoyed apple-stuffed French toast, and my husband had a breakfast Burrito with “breakfast potato” (this is a must try). We left our first breakfast confident that our week ahead was going to be DELICIOUS!!!! Other mornings we enjoyed savoury seafood omelettes, Eggs Benedict, and plantain porridge; gourmet avocado toast and smoothie bowls, and mouthwatering pancakes and French Toast. Each breakfast started with a platter of pastries and fresh fruit salad loved by our whole family!

 

Lunch: With mornings full of resort-based activities, we all brought our A+ appetites to lunch! One of the days we enjoyed gourmet Mac and Cheese from Mr. Mac and other days we enjoyed incredible views and flavour-filled meals from Bayside, Neptunes, Jerk Shack, and Barefoot. The quality of the lunches really impressed me. From sushi to burgers to fish tacos to curry bowls to shrimp salad to quesadillas…there was no shortage of variety and flavour! Clay was always offered a dairy free meal that he loved…even at Mr. Mac!

 

Supper: I would put suppers from our holiday into into two categories…”quality family time” and “date night”. And I can honestly say that I enjoyed both for their own obvious reasons. I am going to walk through our suppers with a little more detail than the previous sections.

Our first night we went to Mario’s. We had just flown in and we were all quite hungry and tired so we decided that a buffet option might be best for quick and easy supper with lots of variety. I will admit I am not usually a buffet person but this was a 5 star buffet to say the least! Clay decided on the pasta bar and enjoyed a lovely bowl of pasta with chicken, broccoli, and carrots in a tomato sauce. The chefs were quick to make him fresh pasta that had not been tossed in any butter to ensure a dairy free meal. The rest of us chose options that suited our appetite for the evening and we were incredibly impressed with the quality and flavour! Sunday evening we went to Schooners. A highlight for me at this meal was the crab cake appetizer. Such an incredible fusion of flavours with a  crispy outer coating and a “melt in your mouth” inner section. For my main course, I had an outstanding piece of halibut topped with a refreshing melon salsa. My husband raved about the flavour and tenderness of the beef, and our kids were obsessed with their fish, rice, and broccoli.

 

Monday evenings we enjoyed southwest cuisine at Arizona’s. The kids enjoyed chicken, corn, and potatoes. I was intrigued by their Black Bean Cakes and Vegetarian Chili. The flavours truly blew me away! You could tell this perfect mixture of beans vegetables, and spice had been made with love and dedication to the art of cooking! My husband absolutely loves meat and was incredibly excited to order a rib and steak combo and was again blown away by the flavour and tenderness of the meat.

 

Tuesday evening was our first “date night”. We ordered an early evening supper for the boys by the pool, then took them up for showers and bed. We left them with Maxine from the Kids Camp staff while we enjoyed a night out at Le Petit Chateau in the French Village.  My husband and I both started with decadent sautéed scallops followed by French Onion soup for me and a Caesar salad for him and then spinach stuffed lobster for our main course. After supper we took in a live production of The Jungle Book on the resort main stage and then headed back into Le Petit Chateau for a little something sweet and a decaf coffee. As we walked back to our room with a lovely Caribbean breeze at our backs I felt like I was living a dream!

 

Our next family meal was Wednesday evening. We had fun watching the Sesame Street parade before going to Kimonos for supper. It is definitely the most entertaining restaurant of all! This is because your food is cooked right in front of you by chefs who sing as well as they cook. My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing by the end of this meal and my stomach was incredibly satisfied from the delicious 4 course meal! Reservations are required for Kimonos. If you are visiting Beaches Turks and Caicos, you will want to make your reservation for Kimonos as soon as you arrive! After supper there we went to enjoy the evening show which included a background of the Turks and Caicos culture told in a way that completely captivated all of our attention…even our 4 year old! An evening we will not soon forget!

 

Thursday evening we decided to order supper by the pool again for the boys and enjoy another date night. This time we headed to the Caribbean Village for an evening at Sapodillas. This restaurant is the definition of fine dining Caribbean cuisine! My husband and I both enjoyed a shrimp and kiwi appetizer. I ordered a Roasted Pear and Arugula salad and he had the Butternut Squash soup. My salad was perfectly fresh and delicious. And the soup was a blend of flavours that blew my mind!!! Honestly, I have never tasted a soup quite like this one and I would highly recommend ordering it if you are at Beaches. The special for the evening was Surf and Turf. My husband ordered it without a second thought. I am not a big fan of beef and had been eyeing one of the fish dishes on the menu. The chef was kind to make me “Surf and Surf” with a pairing of fish and lobster…the perfect meal for this fish loving foodie! After supper we enjoyed a walk on the beach and again marvelled at all that is Beaches Turks and Caicos!

 

Our final family supper was Friday evening and this was by far the most memorable of all the suppers. It was at Soy. First and foremost, we enjoyed the most unique, beautiful, and mouthwatering sushi I have ever tasted (and I have been to Japan!). But it wasn’t just the food that created such a special evening…it was the service too! As soon as we arrived they offered to make cooked salmon for our boys if we preferred. We quickly agreed and they brought us bowls of edamame and “child-friendly chopsticks” to start off the meal while we waited. In a very short time salad rolls and cooked salmon rolls arrived for the boys along with sushi masterpieces for the whole family to enjoy. The boys’ smiles were from ear to ear as the food arrived and they all enjoyed a very large and nourishing meal! After eating the boys were offered a very special treat! They had the opportunity to work with the sushi chefs and make a special platter of sushi for daddy! Wow! What an evening. From there we joined in with the Friday night Beach Party and enjoyed fun games and dancing…the perfect finale evening to a very special week!

Snacks and Beverages: From swim-up bars to Curls and Swirls to butler-delivered snacks to “happy hour” appetizers and cocktails on our balcony…the in-between food and beverage experiences at Beaches Turks and Caicos are truly as special, memorable, and flavourful as the sit down restaurant experiences. Here are a few examples of what we enjoyed…

 

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