Barefoot dining at the Marriott

There’s nothing quite like dining on the water’s edge and the Solana restaurant at the Marriott has taken the idea of ocean dining to an entire new level with its weekly Barefoot Dinner.

Every Tuesday, diners can choose to go barefoot and eat with the sand between their toes and the Caribbean ocean gently lapping at their feet.

Launched just a few weeks ago, the evening has already become a popular draw with diners looking for something a bit different.

Staff recommend guests make reservations early and enjoy a drink while the sun slowly sets, casting an ethereal glow along the famed Seven Mile Beach. Once the sun sets and the moon rises, tiki torches are lit and table candles set alight, creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two.

Lovers of fine dining will not be disappointed with Solana’s tasty fare either.

The menu is just the right size – not too overwhelming – but with an ample selection to suit all tastes. The creative culinary dishes on offer confirm Solana’s reputation for fine cuisine.

My guest and I plumped for the Caribbean tuna poky with coconut ice cream – cubed tuna and salad vegetables drizzled with an Asian-inspired style sauce and served in a bowl with chopsticks. It was a firm favourite. We also plumped for a lime and pink pepper crusted sea bass carpaccio with baby greens and fresh strawberries. The tuna poky won by a margin, but both were equally delicious.

Other options included sautéed jumbo shrimp with green beans, white baked beans, sweet chilli and cilantro emulsion, goat cheese croquettes with dried cranberries and peanut crusted scallops served with an avocado sauce and a balsamic reduction.

Also on offer is a selection of soups – recommended are the spicy seafood and a refreshing cold cantaloupe soup with fresh mint and strawberries – and mouth-watering salads.

Our appetites whetted we were ready for entrees. With a selection of tempting dishes to choose from – including Caribbean style snapper, lobster risotto, rack of lamb and jerk marinated Cornish hen – my guest settled on New York steak with chimichurri sauce and whole baked potato. Being unable to choose between a meat or seafood dish I opted for the best of both worlds with surf and turf, a butter poached lobster tail and grilled tenderloin, served with asparagus risotto and chimichurri sauce.

The steaks – all top-quality Certified Angus Beef – are so tender that steak knives are refreshingly absent at the table.

If you have room there’s a decadent selection of desserts – aptly named Sweet Endings – catering to everyone’s sweet tooth. The crème brulee is highly recommended.

Once dinner is over, walk it all off with a moonlit stroll along the beach. Barefoot luxury indeed. For reservations call the Solana Restaurant on 949-0088 extension 53.