The Dish on Fish

When traveling, it is only natural to want to try what is fresh and local.

Here on St. John, we are most proud to offer a selection of beautiful fish caught right from our Caribbean waters. We reach out to local fisherman who line catch the fish that is available during the season. Usually we will get in touch to see what they have brought in, and on occasion we can put in a request for a specific fish.

Mahi Mahi

Chef Mathayom breaking down a 45-pound fresh Mahi 

One of the most popular fish we serve is Mahi Mahi (also known as Dolphin Fish or Dorado) which is available year round. It is a gorgeous fish with a very mild flavor. It’s large moist flakes are firm but tender and it is slightly sweet. Because of it’s versatility, we use Mahi as a blank canvas–we can prepare it to your liking or use our creativity to create something unique and memorable.

Wahoo

Chef Tyler displaying a beautiful fresh Wahoo

In the winter months we are able to get a mild, firm, nearly steak-like fish called Wahoo. It has a mild flavor profile and large circular flakes. This fish is best served grilled or seared about medium rare. It is a fish that can be easily overcooked, so leave it to our talented chefs to perfectly prepare it for you.

 Yellowfin Tuna

A perfectly seared Yellowfin Tuna appetizer with avocado mousse

A favorite world wide is Yellowfin (or Ahi) Tuna. This sushi grade fish is a deep red color with a mild-medium flavor and is very firm. It is absolutely delicious raw in a tartare, or seared rare. Tuna is also really wonderful grilled with a dry rub. We are also sometimes able to get in smaller tuna known as Skipjack or Blackfin. Tuna isn’t as common as Mahi but we will do our best to secure one for your event.

Caribbean Lobster

Caribbean Lobster tail entree

Caribbean (or Rock) Lobster is a treat much unlike Maine Lobster. Unlike lobster from the Northeast, Caribbean Lobster do not have claws so their meat is all in the tail. The flavor and consistency is different too. It is more of a texture like shrimp and a sweetness like crab. While this is pretty hard to procure locally, we do come across it from time to time and would be happy to include in on your menu if it is in the kitchen.

Conch

Last but not least is local Conch. This is a rare find as it is a local West Indian favorite so it is usually snatched up, but when we are able to get our hands on some it is a fantastic choice. It is a sweet, white meat that is great as a ceviche, or pounded thin and lightly sauteed. In fact, it can be served most ways : baked, broiled, grilled, fried, poached, steamed, even smoked. Not only is it a wonderful treat, the mollusk’s shell is gorgeous and quite the souvenir!

 

When planning your next event, be sure to ask our staff what type of fish is in season or put in a request for “fresh fish” and leave the rest to us–you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

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Wedding Catering Love

We love catering weddings. From the first interactions with the bride and groom to saying our farewells after the event, the excitement of being part of their big day is something we all look forward to.

With our wedding planning friends here on island, we work together to combine the best food and drinks with the perfect island decor and settings to put together many magical evenings.

Villa Carlotta as photographed by Elisha Orin

A few months ago, we had an event at the beautiful Villa Carlotta in Upper Peter Bay where we served a beautiful group of people who had just come from the wedding ceremony at Trunk Bay of bride and groom, Margarita and Mark.

Beautiful table photographed by Elisha Orin

The table was gorgeous–one long table with Chiavari chairs (available for rent) and was adorned with decorations by wedding planner Mary Bartolucci.

Chiavari Chairs photographed by Elisha Orin

 

The couple chose to have a fully stocked bar and bartender, as well as staff that served passed appetizers to the party. For dinner, they opted for a formal sit down dinner and dessert, all included in the Maho Bay Package.

We had a seamless event and were happy to be in the writeup on the event featured on the Jet Fete Blog.

Check out the beautiful pictures by photographer Elisha Orin and take some notes for your big day!