Where dining is better than fine: L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House launches new menu & craft cocktails

We were invited for a tasting of the newly evolved L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House menu. The event, on a recent Friday evening, drew a large number of hospitality concierges and members of the media, eager to try cool craft cocktails and savor interesting bites.

Party host General Manager Paul Gielen and his crew, including restaurant manager Heidi Michiels manned the reception line at the entrance, happy to meet and greet enthusiastic guests.

On a personal note, dinner at L.G. Smith’s just got a shot in the arm, with the addition of a Steak Tartar appetizer, one of my favorites, and the addition of a Flat Iron Steak, which I do not remember on the menu before; it’s not an aristocratic cut, but it is extremely flavorful!!

The menu now defines itself as elevated, tweaked, but some things stay constant: USDA-inspected, aged-prime steaks and house specialties including rack of lamb and fresh local seafood.

The new appetizers, entrees and desserts, loaded with crowd-pleasers, include Short Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, and Grilled Shrimp, which are all given a modern, Americana twist. Some of the chef’s favorite new dishes include Foie Gras Duo, Wagyu Tenderloin, Cowboy, Porterhouse and Tomahawk steaks, also Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp. Big Oscar?? I am not quite sure what it is, but it must be related to Veal Oscar, thin veal cutlets topped with crab and béarnaise sauce, yum.

The restaurant’s new brunch concept offers guests an all-you-can-eat a la carte menu of cold and hot tapa-style dishes, soups, salads, and desserts and unlimited mimosas. Guests may enjoy the selections one plate at the time, and repeat if they wish, picking from among classics such as Asparagus a la Flamander, Steamed Clams with White Wine Sauce, Shrimp, Peppered Bacon & Sweet Corn Chowder, Local Fish, Eggs Benedict, and Pumpkin Ravioli. Best of all, three new killer dishes include Lobster Parmentier, on a bed of potato with American, tomato-wine sauce, Crispy Lamb chops with ratatouille, and roast duck breast on caramelized apples.

The restaurant’s new craft cocktails embody elements such as earth, fire and water, and are fun to try; I can recommend Fire, a sweet and sour whiskey with a twist. The restaurant now fully embraces the Craft Cocktail trend and incorporates fresh organic juices, local Aruban aloe, premium whiskey, bourbon, gin, port and cognac; and/or herbs such as lavender, sage and sweet bay leaf, among other ingredients. The unexpected presentation of each drink is what takes the cocktails to the next level, delivering the trends of modern mixology.

Wine anyone? The restaurant now also flaunts a more extensive wine list with selections from around the globe — over 120 wines to choose from.

And some of the décor and overall look and feel of L.G. Steak & Chop House have been enhanced to reflect the stylish location, and the contemporary, friendly, welcoming, modern steakhouse atmosphere, serving upscale food and libations, against the spectacular view of the Oranjestad marina and cruise ship harbor.

Most importantly, the latest tweak, a DJ booth, where the house DJ plays. The restaurant will also welcome visiting international DJ talents. “Over the last year,” says Paul Gielen manager of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, ”we have invested in the development of the resort’s food and beverage program and L.G. Smith’s is a prime example of the quality service and gastronomy we are providing guests, “.” The idea behind the redesign of L.G. Smith’s & Chop House is to evolve the steakhouse mentality and introduce a hip ambience that is both elevated and entertaining.”

Located within Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House opening hours have been extended from 6-11 pm, with a DJ every night from 6-9:30 pm. The restaurant is now open on Sunday’ from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm for L.G. Smith-styled brunch. To keep the party going afterhours, entertainment and a select menu is available at The Midnight Lounge until 6 am, which is an extension of L.G. Smith’s that overlooks the Crystal Casino.

For more information or reservations, visit http://www.lgsmiths.com.

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July 08, 2017
Rona Coster