Miss. Delicious #72 : The Swimming Pig Gastro Pub at Baha Mar!
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I've spoken very little about the new resort, Baha Mar thus far, and that is because most of my time was spent staying at Atlantis and visiting some of the islands in and around Paradise Island. As a brand new resort only officially opening in May of 2017, Baha Mar remains a resort that has yet to build a reputation but seeks to offer a high quality luxury alternative to the incumbent giant that is Atlantis.
My journey to Baha Mar thus far has taken us to the 3 Tides Restaurant, a lovely Mediterranean restaurant that features some of the best Caribbean fish crafted and served in the heart of the resort.
Those of us who yearn for a more grounded dining experience might be thinking the 3 Tides is too garish and lacks the casual atmosphere that you seek in a resort designed ground up to be the centre of casual relaxation. Indeed, there are other options suited to this demographic, and today's edition of Miss. Delicious will seek to fill that gap!
Though not entirely complete, the Baha Mar resort has done a really good job of staging it's intention to impress. A scent of 'newness' and fresh off the construction belt feeling can be felt throughout the hotel.
It's rare for me to visit somewhere completely new because I never know what quite to expect. There isn't a whole lot of literature or reviews regarding the hotel and it's amenities so every experience here is unbiased from any sort of prior research on the venue.
These corks are nearly the size of my body. Behind it, a simple message - Celebrate. And why not? A grand opening with some very audacious goals to conquer the Bahamas calls for the opening of a bottle of wine - or many.
Just opposite this celebratory exhibit, we have our dining venue of choice for the evening.
The Swimming Pig Gastro Pub
As the name would suggest, this pub restaurant pays homage to the unique experience Bahamas offers with it's peculiar Swimming with the Pigs. Being the only true pub in the resort, it has the widest range of beers and ales as well as everything else you could expect from a well stocked bar.
I really like the high red leather chairs at the bar. They look really comfortable for those wishing to spend a night at the bar exclusively drinking the liquors available to them.
Some privacy dividers separate the bar area from the dining area but you can see the amber bronze theme penetrates throughout the pub and lights up the whole area in a consistent bronze golden haze.
There must be about 20 different ales available here, all displayed at the back of the bar, and funnelled through the shiny golden tubes which draw a lot of attention. These golden metal tubes were the first thing I noticed when I walked in. They remind me of organ pipes - really shiny golden ones.
The big mosaic of flat screens behind the bar keep the customers eyes pinned to the front whilst sipping on their drinks.
And below, we have a large selection of wines ready to be popped open and their corks added to the display just outside.
One design element that stood out to me before I even entered the restaurant was the windows which completely obscure the inside of the restaurant. They look a lot like a bee's honeycomb, select cells tinged with amber for effect.
Just behind me and hung on the wall, are two really interesting sketches, one of the Coldstream Gaurds that are now so synonymous the British Empire, and the other of the Queens's own Cameron Highlanders which were formed in 1793.
I was still wondering why the pub named itself after the Swimming Pigs of Major cay, indeed, the pub has decorated several wall faces with pictures of the darling pigs and their watery antics.
The pictures of the pigs are so adorable, if at this point you haven't had the chance to visit the Swimming Pigs, then the pictures serve as reminder to do so!
There's even a picture of a bird standing on a swimming pig!
And a neat row of swimming piglets!
This porker isn't camera shy at all.
On to the food!
As you can see, the menu has quite a range of foods on offer. I was surprised to see Wagyu Carpaccio on the menu, as it isn't something I would normally expect from a pub restaurant.
I also really like how they've written a bit of history about each of their "Legendary Cocktails".
Onto the food
First up, we have a light salad gently doused with olive oil and vinegar. A perfect healthy appetiser.
The obligatory french fries which were amazingly crispy and freshly fried. I love to pick at the smaller cuts because they tend to be the most crispy and tasty.
Next, we have Steamed Mussels which are prepared in a Spicy Beer Broth! It tastes a bit bitter, and certainly quite different from the garlic broth i'm used to having steamed mussels in but the mussels themselves are very fresh, and full of fresh sea tasting flavour.
Here we have the Charcuterie Board. It is served with a selection of Cured Meats, Imported Cheeses, Chicken Liver Pate, Marinated Olives, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Gherkins and Crostini bread.
When presented with a wide array of little dishes meant to be eaten together, I'm always a bit confused as to how I should go about consuming it all.
The way I decided to go about it on this occasion, is use the Liver Pate as a spread on the Crostini, then add a slice of the cured meat. Taking a bite from combination, I then nibble on the Sun-dried tomatos, gherkins and olives. It seems to work quite well because the Liver Pate has a very strong savoury taste which is easily offset by the Gherkin, Tomatoes and Olives.
To complete the meal, I opted for a glass of their Legendary Dry Manhattan Cocktail. This was an exceedingly strong tasting whisky based cocktail which nearly made me pass out!
Cheers everybody and hope you enjoyed my post!
I must say, I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this pub restaurant, and that is a good thing because it took such a long time for the waiters to come take my order, and an even longer time to serve the food!
I was however impressed with the wide variety of dishes to choose from. The mussels were a very welcome change from the Italian garlic style that I'm used to. Servings here are very generous in size, whether it's the food, or the drinks, you won't find this pub cutting back and trying to cost cut with diluted drinks, or small servings of food. For a person with a stomach larger than my frame would suggest, that is always very welcome!
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差不多要结束在天堂岛亚特兰蒂斯酒店的旅程，在巴哈马的后一段形成，我选择住在刚刚开放了一部分的巴哈·玛凯悦酒店。在亚特兰蒂斯酒店和Virgil's餐厅的服务员聊天时，她就强烈推荐我住到凯悦酒店，一定不要错过The swimming pigs酒吧餐厅。她说她曾经在那里吃过饭，是非常美好的回忆。这个名字对于来巴哈马旅游的游客并不陌生，这不就是岛上最拉风和吸引人的旅游项目——和小猪游泳嘛。用这个名字“游泳的猪”这么耳熟能详的起名作餐厅名，应该不会有人不记得了。