The Bolontiku Hotel is about a 30 minute boat ride from Flores. I had dinner there twice. I am happy, and surprised, to report that the food was great. Every dish was prepared skillfully and plated nicely. The chef's ability is transparent.
My favorite dish was a whole fish from the lake wrapped and steamed in "Saint Mary's leaves." The fish tasted fresh out of the lake, and the leaves imparted an interesting, somewhat tangy flavor. The fish was served with aromatic white rice and butter broccoli, both cooked to nice al dente textures. In general, the chef does a great job cooking vegetables
Also great dish was chicken jocón. The Bolontiku version was better than a version I had at SabeRico in Antigua. The chicken pieces were nicely browned before put in the sauce.
Both the tortilla soup and the black bean soup were great too. All the food exceeded my expectations. My only complaint food-wise is that the butter (including a tasty herbed butter) was served right out of the fridge and was too cold to spread.
Drinks, on the other hand, were subpar. There was no wine list; so far as I can tell they only offer 2 or 3 wines, and only by the bottle. The spirit selection is also very limited. I don't think they have any aperitifs or digestifs. Cocktails tasted amateurish.
The outdoor setting on the lake is about as nice as it gets. Service was kind.
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