K nown as ‘comida criolla’ by the locals, Dominican food is a delicious amalgamation of styles and influences from a variety of cuisines, ranging from Spanish to African with Caribbean ingredients and spices. Adventurous taste buds will be delighted with an exciting range of food experiences in authentic restaurants and markets. But if you seek a more refined dining environment, the Dominican Republic has plenty to offer in that respect, boasting world-renowned and critically-acclaimed restaurants. Plus, when you book through Sunwing, you have access to exclusive dining inclusions such as reservation-free dining at à la carte restaurants, depending on the resort you select. Check out some of these gastronomic highlights!  

Eat like the locals

If you want to experience the true Dominican Republic, you should dine like the locals and seek out the country’s most iconic dishes. At the top of the list is sanchoco, or ‘seven-meat stew’, which some consider to be the country’s official dish. This rich stew contains seven different kinds of meat (hence the name) along with four types of root vegetables and plantains to create a hearty, spicy, delicious stew. Seafood lovers will be pleased with the fresh offerings of the Dominican, like sea bass, red snapper and conch prepared a variety of ways, such as roasted with lemon or cooked with a tomato, garlic and coconut milk sauce. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it will meet its match with Dominican desserts prominently featuring coconut and dulce de leche caramel in cakes, custards and flan. For a more refreshing end to your meal, try the limoncillo – a lime-like fruit, chinola (Dominican passion fruit) or incredibly flavourful, locally-grown mangos.

Fine dining in the Dominican

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary, or you simply appreciate the efforts of skilled chefs and their thoughtful aesthetic presentations, the Dominican Republic offers many opportunities to indulge in fine dining. Several of the country’s top-rated restaurants are found in luxury resorts, like the Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Resort and Club. In this elegant villa designed by Oscar de la Renta, you can dine at AAA Three and Four Diamond restaurants. Take La Yola for example, which prominently features fresh seafood on its menu such as flavourful grouper ceviche, red tuna carpaccio and grilled Caribbean lobster. At Passion by Martin Berasategui located within Paradisus Punta Cana, you can expect impeccable service and a refined tasting menu.

Endless gastronomic indulgences at Dominican resorts

One of the best parts of embarking on a vacation to the Dominican is the opportunity for effortless dining. Imagine lounging poolside while indulging in delicious local flavours, comfort favourites and refreshing beverages. There are many options for accommodations with a gastronomic focus, like CHIC Punta Cana which offers guests attentive dining experiences at a range of à la carte restaurants along with 24-hour room service. At Dreams Dominicus in La Romana, no reservations are required at its à la carte restaurants where both delicious local dishes and international cuisines are prepared with care.

Whether it’s authentic regional fare, the freshest seafood, or memorable fine dining, foodies of all tastes and preferences will find what they’re looking for during their Dominican vacation. Plus, all Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax with award-winning inflight service, which includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.

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