For my wife’s birthday we went to Cafe Luna after a recommendation from a friend of a friend and a quick check on Tripadvisor. The restaurant is part of an exquisite boutique hotel with just ten rooms – Little Arches – close to Oistins. The approach along the coast road is interesting with no sign of tourist activity nearby. The restaurant itself is stunning. We arrived in the dark and it has a Mediterranean decor with tiles, ceramic fish sculptures and adobe walls. Most spectacular of all is the lighting. The restaurant is just beautiful: raised up above the road, looking out on to the sea and lit with pretty white fairy lights and star-shaped lanterns. There are palm trees dotted around the corners too and a billowing cloth ceiling to the main bar. Incoming aircraft lights create moons on the water as they come in.
I was delighted to find we had been given one of the best tables in the restaurant when we were led to a small table right against the wall overlooking the sea. I had rung in advance to let them know it was a special occasion but it was still a nice touch. The menu is fusion with a mixture of seafood and meat with local and Cajun influences in particular.
I chose a smoked mahi mahi fish cake on a warm potato cake with wasabi mayonnaise and capers. The presentation was beautiful with a lattice of spicy wasabi mayonnaise dotted with the capers. The fish cake was a beautifully golden. For me it could have been more crunchy, more smokey and the whole thing could have been warmer but the flavour combination was held together by the wasabi mayonnaise with the right amount of heat to make sure it didn’t overpower the fish.
My wife chose the blue crab and shrimp cake which was served with a tasty pineapple salsa and pronounced it excellent.
My main was the special of the day – Oistins yellow fin tuna with a crust served with pineapple salsa on mashed potato and what tasted to me like a spicy red pepper sauce with hints of fennel (apologies to the chef if I’m guessing wrongly). The tuna was excellent with delicate soft flesh seared to perfection and a thick crunchy peppery crust. The sauce was well finished and with braised celery and the pineapple salsa it came together well.
My wife chose hot shrimp salad – sautéed prawns on wilted greens and a garlic dressing. It was an unusual dish but, as with everything else, it hit the spot.
We had a very good rum and coconut creme brûlée between us which has deliciously thick and smooth custard and a thin crisp glaze on top. The restaurant also brought my wife a very good chocolate birthday cake which was a nice way to end a lovely and sunny day of relaxation.
With a couple of mojitos and a moderate bottle of house Chilean Sauvignon Blanc the bill with service charge was US$380 which isn’t cheap but…. the food was good (but the plates could have been hotter), the service was attentive and friendly throughout and the ambiance was stunning. For a romantic celebratory meal I couldn’t have picked better and we were well looked after.