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Grand Old House
Grand Old House Review
Built in 1908 as the Petra Plantation House and transformed into the island's first upscale establishment decades ago, this grande dame is that rare restaurant that evokes bygone grandeur sans pretension. The interior rooms, awash in crystal, recall its plantation-house origins. Outside, hundreds of sparkling lights adorn the gazebos to compete with the starry sky. Rumors of a charming blond ghost trailing white chiffon complete the picture: this is a place to propose. You'll find expertly executed classics such as broiled lobster tail with smoked bell-pepper butter, or beef tenderloin with a choice of six sauces. And the menu has also adopted Asian and even Southwestern influences. Pistachio-and-herb-crusted chicken is spiced by apple mole, and grilled jumbo shrimp and bacon-wrapped smoked wahoo swim in ginger-plum sauce with roasted pumpkin and asparagus. The subtle yet complex flavor interactions, stellar service, and encyclopedic if stratospherically priced wine list ensure legendary landmark status.
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