Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 9 – Eating Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

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Emily:  One of my best friends lives in Arlington, Virginia, so I don’t see her very often.  We met in college and have been friends ever since.  The first (and last) time we took a vacation together was to Barcelona, Spain in 2007.

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Kristen And Emily Enjoying Lunch At The Hotel

I thought it would be super fun to celebrate my 30th birthday with her in the Dominican Republic.  So we planned a trip to 3 locations, including Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro (near Punta Cana) over the course of one week.

Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic Index:

  1. Trip to the Dominican Republic – Introduction and Planning
  2. Santo Domingo Hotel – Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  3. Activities in Santo Domingo – Zona Colonial and Latin Dancing
  4. Activities in Santo Domingo – Casa de Orientacion y  Desarrollo Real (CODR)
  5. Eating in Santo Domingo
  6. Bayahibe – Isla Saona and Hotel Bayahibe
  7. Bavaro Hotel – Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  8. Activities in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  9. Eating in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  10. Return Delta Flight from Punta Cana
  11. Conclusion and Blog Giveaway

In this post, we will review the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at the resort.  For breakfast and lunch, we went to the main buffets.  And for dinner, we went to La Fuente, a Spanish restaurant in the resort.  We will also review a restaurant located outside of the resort called Solo Pollo.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Breakfast Buffet

The next day, we went to breakfast for a monstrous buffet.  There was bread…

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Lots Of Bread To Enjoy At Breakfast

salmon and various salads…

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The Buffet Included Salmon And Different Salads

a Spanish food station with tortilla espanola, donuts, churros, and lots more!

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Emily Excited To See Donuts And Churros At The Buffet!

I had an assortment of food, including tortilla espanol (potatoes and onion omelet), churros (the highlight for me!), a Spanish donutte (also very good!), and ham.  I also had coffee.

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Emily’s Breakfast Included Ham, Churros, Tortilla Espanol, And A Spanish Donutte

Kristen had cottage cheese, a churro with chocolate, fruit, a tortilla, and some Dominican food.

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Kristen Sampled Dominican Food For Breakfast

The highlight for both of us were the churros with chocolate and the coffee!

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Lunch Buffet

For lunch, we went to the buffet right when it opened.

Kristen:  Getting to the buffet at opening time proved smart, as we beat the crowds before they arrived.

There was a large selection of bread…

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Like Breakfast, The Lunch Buffet Included Lots Of Bread

and prepared foods.

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There Were So Many Food Options

There were also lots of desserts to try!

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Emily Enjoying The Desserts Choices

We sat outside and had a beautiful view.

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Kristen And Emily Dining Al Fresco

I had a Dominican speciality called mofongo, which is mashed plantains with garlic and pork, and sancocho, a delicious, rich beef soup.

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Lunch Included Sancocho – A Beef Soup

Both were very good, but the mofongo was not as good as what we had at Adrian Tropical in Santo Domingo.

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Tasty Mofongo, But Not As Good As In Santo Domingo

Kristen had paella and vegetables.

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Paella And Vegetables

For dessert, we tried a small variety of cakes and ice cream.  The ice cream was the best!

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Dessert Was A Sampling Of Cakes And Ice Cream

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe La Fuente Restaurant

The hotel has many restaurants, including an Italian restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, and so on.  We went to La Fuente, a Spanish restaurant for our dinner, and we sat on the restaurant patio.

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Kristen At The Entrance To La Fuente Restaurant

We ordered two tapas (small plates), two starters, a main course for each of us, and 2 desserts.

Kristen:  The dinner was a la carte, and reminded me of ordering off the menu during dinner on a cruise ship; one of each course, with a four course meal.

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Dinner At La Fuente Is A La Carte

It was difficult choosing which food we wanted!  However, we decided on wild mushrooms with cooked ham…

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We Chose A Wild Mushroom And Ham Dish

grilled fresh cheese with a cherry marmalade…

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We Also Tried Grilled Cheese With A Cherry Marmalade

Iberian sliced meats and machego cheese…

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Iberian Sliced Meats And Cheese Was One Of Our Starters

and a goat’s cheese salad.

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Our Second Starter Was Goat Cheese Salad

Kristen’s favorite was the grilled cheese and mine was the Iberian ham and machego.

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Emily’s Favorite Starter Was The Iberian Meats And Cheese

For our main course, I had stuffed chicken…

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Emily Chose The Stuffed Chicken For Her Main Course

and Kristen had a beef fillet.

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The Beef Filet Was Kristen’s Main Course

Kristen:  I had asked for the steak to be medium rare, but it came well done.  All the same it was juicy and tender to the last bite.

Emily:  We asked for Kristen’s steak cooked medium rare but they served it well done.  It was still tasty and I especially liked the accompanying mushroom sauce.  For dessert, we had Catalan crème brulee, which tasted like a mix of crème catalane and crème brulee, and it was all right.

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The Catalan Creme Brulee Was A Mix Of Creme Catalan And Creme Brulee

We also got a slice of Queen Cake, which looked like a Neapolitan ice cream cake.  It was okay.

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The Queen Cake Looked Better Than It Was

Kristen:  Dessert included a great neopolitan inspired layered ice-cream cake with a rich and creamy fired mousse on top and a crema catalan that was not very tasty.

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Kristen Enjoyed The Queen Cake More Than Emily Did

Solo Pollo

For the next evening we wanted to try a restaurant outside of the hotel.  We decided on Solo Pollo which was known for its rotisserie chicken.

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We Ate At Solo Pollo – Famous For Rotisserie Chicken

The cab ride was $18 each way, for a total of $36.  So try to do something else in town after dinner so that you can maximize the cost of leaving the hotel.

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Emily At Solo Pollo

The menu had chicken and other snack foods.

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The Menu Also Had Snack Foods

The chicken was juicy and delicious, and was less than $10 (600 RD).

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Emily And Kristen Enjoying A Tasty Meal Of Chicken

We received large portions.

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Large Portions of Chicken

It took us 15 minutes to get to the restaurant.  There was also a supermarket about 5 minutes away, and a few dance clubs.

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Emily Outside One Of The Dance Clubs

Our driver waited in the taxi while we ate dinner.  We gave him some money to get dinner for himself as well!

Since it’s so expensive to leave the resort, I would recommend visiting at least 2 different places.  For example, have dinner and then go to a club or go to the supermarket and then dinner.

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11 responses to “Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 9 – Eating Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

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  4. Emily, were all the restaurants complimentary at the huge hotel? I think you mentioned all inclusive but sometimes that doesn’t include everything. So, what all was/wasn’t included at this hotel?

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  7. @Ken- Most of the restaurants were included, with the exception of the French restaurant. There was a lot of variety, with Mexican, Japanese, American, and Dominican food! http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Dominican-Republic/Punta-Cana-Beach-Bavaro/hotel-barcelo-bavaro-palace-deluxe/restaurants-cuisine.aspx

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