Earlier this year I took a business trip to Santo Domingo for just 3 days, very short trip while I was doing some volunteer work for non profit Cure International. Santo Domingo is beautiful filled with friendly people, good food and beautiful ocean view restaurants which are my favorites. After a full morning of work, meetings and touring the Cure Hospital Dominicana, the team decided to go out for lunch by the beach, I was stoked to get some fresh ocean breeze and relax for a little bit. We arrived roughly around 2 o’clock and the restaurant wasn’t too busy, so we didn’t have to wait for a table. We requested ocean front and within minutes we were all seated.
The View was simply beautiful and the sun was shining. I had a great buffet style breakfast at the hotel so I wasn’t very hungry, but I wasn’t going to pass some of the typical dishes that I saw on the menu. The service of the restaurant was perfect and the staff made sure that everything was delivered on time and our drinks were refilled right away. Something I liked about the restaurant that once you’re settled, they bring you a complimentary soup, a very popular soup in Santo Domingo, called Sancocho.
Dominican “Sancocho” is considered one of the national dishes, consisting of white rice, generally red beans and meat, usually pollo (chicken). There is a variant called Sancocho cruzado or Sancocho de siete carnes which includes pollo (chicken), res (beef) and cerdo (pork) along with other meats. “Sancocho de siete carnes” means “Seven meat Sancocho,” and is considered the ultimate sancocho dish. In the Dominican Republic, Longaniza (a type of pork sausage) is also used. Sancocho de gallina (hen sancocho) is common as well, often made for special occasions or on weekends. While sancocho de habichuela (bean sancocho) and sancocho de guandules are common, other types of sancocho are very rare in the Dominican Republic.
Once I browsed the menu, I ordered their sample platter which comes with a variety of food such as: Tostones (plantains), broccoli, carrots, sausage and avocados. My only concern and constructive criticism for the restaurant is that they have to improve the veggies. They were dry and flavorless and as you can see they weren’t too generous with them. The rest of the food was very tasty, especially the tostones. For the dessert I ordered flan (my favorite dessert) – It was fantastic. I enjoyed my visit to this restaurant called Adrian Tropical and I would come back again to try other famous dishes they have. Adrian Tropical offers breakfast/brunch. Lunch & dinner and they also take reservations. It tends to get very busy, so if you are wanting to check this place – be sure to call in advanced to reserve your table. It is very affordable and has also been recognized Award of Excellence in 2014 via TripAdvisor.
Have you been to Santo Domingo before? If so, what are your thoughts? Where did you eat?
Best, John Carter.