The Buccaneer

Written by on November 17, 2012 in I Eat Nicaragua, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(paraisoclub.com) – Ship Wreck Beach, Big Corn Island

How I heard of this place: Leaving Little Corn Island, Chris and I were uncertain where our journey would lead by way of accommodations on Big Corn. We were lucky to bump into two, new friends: Nicole & Mark (from Vancouver) who shared their cab ride and hotel details with us. We arrived in the hopes that Paraiso might have one room available, and found that we were all upgraded (free of charge) to rooms with air conditioning!

Type of cuisine: “The Buccaneer is one of the well kept secrets on Corn Island. Located on ship wreck beach, we open our doors to all visitors of Corn Island. We feel very connected to the history of the island and we prove this in all aspects of your stay. We offer great tasting food and good service from your reservation until the dishes. It is always a good time in our pirate inspired restaurant.”

Ambiance: “The Buccaneer is located conveniently on the premises of Paraiso Beach Hotel on Corn Island. The restaurant is open air, decorated with a typical island style thatched roof. You will have a dining view on our garden, the beach and the Caribbean sea. Whether you like a private dinner, a family lunch or group catering, just let us know and we will accommodate you. Even live music is offered regularly.For everyone who likes great food and professional service, The Buccaneer offers all possibilities.”

Buchaneer

What I ordered: While the Desayuno Continental breakfast (normally USD$3.50) would have been free as guests of Paraiso (and each of us enjoyed it the following morning), we chose to splurge and ordered Desayuno Nico (USD$5) and the Western Omelette (USD$5). My meal – and those of Mark & Nicole (who joined us for breakfast) – the Nico included two eggs, fried, gallo pinto, platano frito (fried plantains), pan tostadas (toasted coco bread) and marmelade.

The Nico

Chris’s two-egg omelette was loaded with onion, tomato, green bell peppers and ham served with two slices of toasted coco bread and marmelade.

Omelete

We each gulped down the freshly blended watermelon-pineapple juice (with a hint of ice) before our meals and savored a mug of coffee at its completion.

Watermelon Juice

On a return visit that same evening (for dinner): Chris and I began to walk through the streets of Big Corn in search of a quaint place to eat, and returned home as the menu tempted and the convenience could not be beat. We started with Nachos (USD$5), house-made, thick-cut bready chips topped with cheddar cheese and two sauces: blended beans and pico de gallo (tiny, diced green bell peppers, jalapenos, tomato and onion).

Nachos

For our main entrees, I couldn’t refuse the lobster (USD$17), the most expensive we found, but also the most large, succulent, and fresh. The lobster was grilled in garlic butter with fresh herbs and placed back into the tail for presentation, served alongside fried plantains and a small salad of iceburg lettuce, three slices of tomato and red onion drizzled in fresh lime juice.

Lobster

Chris was feeling adventurous after our rondon on Little Corn and ordered the Whole Fish (USD$10), grilled with garlic, a side of fries and a similar salad – which he immediately discarded…onto my plate.

Whole Fish

What I loved: The watermelon-pineapple juice was so good, Chris and I returned for it in the afternoon, as a mini pick-me-up. Gallo pinto, however, quickly become a staple and a favorite! The garlic-butter sauce soft and warm, the lobster succulent and the fish melt-in-your-mouth satisfyingly good.

The Leftovers

Why I loved it: Peaceful, unrushed setting with good, hearty food.

Cost: Average ($USD3 – USD$5)

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