After our wonderful rainy day lunch at Hibernia during our last trip, D and I agreed that in the event of rain, we would definitely return there. To be honest, I was kind of looking forward to a dreary wet day, just so we could drive across the island for a relaxing lunch.
It never really rained – but we couldn’t miss Hibernia. And the good news is that it’s just as nice – and even prettier – on a sunny day.
We made a lunch out of a selection of starters, which I always enjoy – you get more variety and lots of flavors, without filling up.
I started with soba noodles served with tofu, raw conch, and lobster powder. It was light, cool, and refreshing – I especially liked the conch – though the noodles weren’t the buckwheat soba I was expecting.
D had the “assiette Japonaise” (all the dishes at Hibernia are presented in French on the menu), a selection of sashimi, wakame seaweed, and a unique “eggplant omelet”, a tasty roll-up of eggplant, egg, and nori.
Mary Pat and Raoul recently purchased much of the Maillouhana Hotel’s wine collection, expanding the Hibernia list considerably. I spent a while reading through it (there’s no better setting for a good wine browse tour than an ocean-view porch!) before settling on a 2003 Hermitage.
It was dark gold in the glass, faintly nutty, perhaps a little past its prime – but lovely to sip on an indolent afternoon.