Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas
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The New Shuang Ba at Baha Mar Redefines the Chinese Culinary ExperienceBaha Mar, the $4.2 billion resort complex comprised of the SLS hotel, Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, has several dining options, including Oceanside airstreams as well as Stix, the casual Chinese restaurant in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
But last week, the Chinese restaurant Shuang Ba opened its doors, and immediately positioned itself as an upscale restaurant that defies the stereotypical image of a takeout and delivery service.
Meaning “double eight,” the name is a nod to the Chinese figure of 88 that signifies prosperity and wealth. The design in the restaurant hovers around those figures: there are 88 seats in the restaurant, and 88 items on the menu.
Everything about the dining venue—easily the most glamorous option at the Grand Hyatt—is luxe. The entrance of the restaurant, featuring a stone bas relief highlighting Chinese themes, shows you that we are a far cry away from the paper lantern type of restaurant that serves you items in takeout containers and gives you fortune cookies like after-dinner mints.
In the center of the main dining room like a plaza fountain that is hard to miss is a hand-carved 15-ton marble pillar engraved with two swirling dragons, depicting a stairway to paradise and representing reverence for the emperor. Four booths with lovely hand-sewn panels of natural motifs from chrysanthemums to cherry blossoms grace the restaurant, and you’ll be lucky if you get a seat at any of them, because they make for great pictures and selfies to boot. One of the servers tells me that the artisans who sew the motifs on the booths “can sometimes gets blind at the end of it” because the sewing process is so intense.
The food takes you on a regional journey through China with signature dishes from a “cherry” foie gras and a traditional Peking duck, to a steamed imperial bird’s nest. Vegetarians too, are in for a real treat with dishes like the tri-color baby cauliflowers, and Chaozhou style vegetable dumplings, all made with ingredients that taste fresher than fresh.
Nick Du, who was previously the chef at the Grand Hyatt Dalian, oversees the entire culinary team, both proud of their regional cuisine and also anxious to educate the guests at the Hyatt about dishes that can sometime be hard to typically find.
A dining experience at Shuang Ba is not inexpensive but it won’t break the bank. Expect to pay over $50 for a dining experience for two and don’t forget to indulge in the cocktails which are made with handcrafted ingredients.
An authentic culinary journey through China never tasted better, and it can be found in the Bahamas.