There’s something quite enchanting about dining al fresco in the evening which was the case at El Mediterraneo restaurant in Eden Roc two Fridays ago. With candles on the tables and surrounding the large terrace space whose steps led down to the glowing turquoise pool, Eden Roc hosted a dinner party whose setting was as mysterious as its theme. The evening featured a three course dinner by Chef Gianluca Re Fraschini where all dined and socialized cloaked in masks for a Masquerade party in time for Halloween.
A welcome fruity cocktail delighted guests as they entered the foyer and made their way to the terrace. As my guest and I arrived, there were already tables full of people enjoying the selection of plates at their own pace. I opted for amouse bouche of cinnamon glazed duck and carrot confit to begin, followed by an an appetizer of potatoes terrine and cabbage in a black truffle vinaigrette. The potatoes terrine and cabbage were outstanding and made me wish I could replicate the dish on a daily basis at home.
A second course featuring pumpkin risotto made the end of October palpable and the beginning of the holiday season something in which to look forward. It was among my favorite dishes of the night! A main course of beef fillet au gratin with nuts, potato hazelnut, and madeira sauce cemented the lovely dinner and distinguished the Relais & Chateaux chef. Waiters were also adorned in masks, keeping in line with the theme of the evening and even pausing to take photos of guests at their requests.
Eden Roc’s gorgeous backdrop was one my friend and I could not pass up as we circulated among the veiled crowd in our golden masks and wondered who we may know. Mascarpone mousse with caramelized pears sweetened our palettes at the end of the night, and we celebrated encountering a delicious restaurant and such an imaginative fête for Halloween.
View more photos from the Masquerade Ball at El Mediterraneo below, taken on Friday, October 28th and provided by Eden Roc at Cap Cana: