Lifestyle & Food : D'Lillian is the place to eat in the Dom Rep

April 10, 2017
Chef Oneida places fried green plantains in the plate.
A typical meal from D'Lillian's includes fried fish and fried green plantains.
Owner of the D' Lillian Restaurant, Ambiori, speaks proudly about his establishment.
This customer was busy squeezing lime over his fish.
Chef Kika prepares fried fish for hungry customers.
It is not uncommon for persons to line up at D'Lillians's to get a taste of the food.

When you are away from home and the luxuries of the delicacies you are accustomed to, it can be a pretty frustrating time.

Not so for the islanders, particularly the Jamaicans, who made the trek to the Dominican Republic for the BRT Weekend.

Although food was provided for patrons attending the nightly events, it often ran out quickly, leaving a host of hungry partygoers wanting something to eat.

Luckily, the Macao Beach in Punta Cana was the venue for most of the events for the party-filled weekend, and just like in Jamaica, little food stalls were found at every turn.

The aroma of seafood filled the air as locals cooked up everything from lobster to shrimp to, yes, you guessed it, fish.

THE STAR team decided to journey to one of the food stalls on the beach, and we found that except for the language barrier, it was much like visiting any of the stalls at Hellshire Beach in Portmore.

The owner of the D'Lillian Restaurant, Ambiori, is a small man with a big personality. Although he spoke little English, he made the visit much easier with his accommodating ways as he showed THE STAR team around his establishment.

He pointed to a fridge where he stored fresh catch from each day, stating that the business has been his means of survival for more than a decade.

After selecting a fish for preparation, Ambiori handed it over to his chef, KiKa, who proceeded to list the steps to prepping what she described (in Espanol, of course) as the best fish on the beach.

She gave the fish two diagonal cuts on either side, pointing out that the cuts will make it easier for the seasoning to soak in. She then used garlic powder, salt and pepper to season.

She later added a special powder blend, but didn't disclose what was in it. "A secret", she said. By this time the oil on the wood fire behind her was hot, and so she placed the fish in the pot.

Green plantains and potatoes are the side orders are served with the seafood at Ambiori's place, and so Oneida, the other chef, proceeded to prepare that.

In no time, the meal was ready a plus for the establishment, as hungry partygoers do not make good customers.

The meal cost only $450 pesos which, when converted into US dollars, is equivalent to a little under $10.

If you are ever in Punta Cana, be sure to stop by D'Lillian Restaurant, especially if you're a 'yaadie' craving some fried fish. You won't be disappointed.

On a side note, be sure to download Google Translate. It will be a lifesaver.

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