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NICKELODEON RESORT PUNTA CANA DINING RESTAURANTS
Gourmet Inclusive is the name Karisma uses to title their all-inclusive experience. You’ll find eleven dining restaurants on site, with varying operating times. Reservations are required for dinner at most restaurants other than the buffets.
- Sugarcane (breakfast & dinner) – buffet (Karisma calls it “Food Displays”) style restaurant. We ate here for breakfast every day. It features some great local foods, an omelet bar, massive fruit station, and cold cereal options. If you don’t need a lot of personal service, take your food upstairs to their awesome loft. Many don’t go here and I think the decor is fab, plus it’s a bit calmer. TIP: they have dry cereals here which can be great to grab for kid snacks later in the day!
- Doppio (morning & afternoon) – this is the onsite coffee shop. They also serve fruit and baked goods in the mornings, and wraps and such in the afternoons. Good for grabbing a little bite and your favorite cafe drink. Kids can get milkshakes here too.
- Zest (breakfast & lunch buffet, al a carte dinner) – another buffet option. This one is right by Building 1 and the beach. It’s definitely a smaller eatery, with less options that what they have at Sugarcane. This is also where the character dining experiences happen. You can book the Ninja Turtles Breakfast (Saturdays – $25 adult/$17 kid) or the Pajama Jam Nick Character Breakfast (Sundays – $35 adult/$27 kid) for an added fee.
- Lighthouse (lunch) – buffet style with lovely open-air beach dining area.
- Fresco (lunch) – pool bar and quick dining with a seafood focus.
- Aqua Bite (lunch) – kid-friendly outdoor eatery located at the Nick Place Aqua Nick waterpark.
- BRGRS.PH (dinner) – one of our favorite spots. This restaurant has some great appetizers and fries, plus yummy and unique burgers. The decor is great, and even features a food truck inside, where all the meals are cooked.
- SPACEWALKER (dinner – reservations req) – definitely an experience. This restaurant feature “interstellar cuisine” and an over-the-top decor. I ordered a salad and the lettuce was hand picked from a growing box brought to my table. They also feature a signature dessert that is a chocolate ball that flowers open at your table as the server pours melted chocolate on top.
- Wok Wok (dinner- reservations req) – an Asian fusion restaurant. Features a lot of fun food options, including a good kid’s menu.
- Verdello (dinner- reservations req) – Italian themed restaurant with great decor.
- Kitchen 23 (exclusive add-on dinner, adults only- reservations req) – for true foodies, you can book to eat at Kitchen 23 for a culinary art experience. There are two surcharge options depending on the number of courses meal you choose.
You can also order room service, as part of the all-inclusive experience. I will say that the food is better than some all-inclusives I’ve stayed at, but still has a little bit further to go before being a stand out in taste. However, the menus are all fabulous, and the dining experience overall is enjoyable.
Dining with Allergies at the Nickelodeon Resort
As a traveling food allergy family, food safety is very important. Nickelodeon has definitely made a great effort at addressing guest with food allergies. At each restaurant when you check in they ask if you have any allergies.
The Sensatori-based buffet restaurants (Lighthouse and Sugarcane), have food tags that have allergen labeled information. Of course, buffets are always the worst enemy of individuals with food allergies.
I have a few recommendations for how to handle dining if you have an allergy.
- Buy food allergy translation cards in Spanish, or make your own. Mia has a nut & egg allergy, which I wasn’t sure was being properly understood. I used my smartphone and google to determine the Spanish translation for nuts and peanuts (I remembered egg from my college Spanish).
- Looking back I would now probably request to speak with the chef directly at each restaurant. If you don’t want to do that, reinforce the allergy THREE times: 1) at check in to the restaurant, 2) when you place your order with the server, 3) when the food is brought to your table.
- And of course, don’t forget to add your epipen and antihistamine to your packing list!
Overall we felt that Mia’s allergy was taken seriously and handled well. Our best experience was at BRGRS.PH. Both times she at there they were very aware of her allergies and checking each dish and it’s preparation and talking to us about any issues.
Our one bad experience was at Verdello. Mia ordered a pasta dish and when it arrived I confirmed there were no nuts or eggs. The server said, “it’s ok”. She had just taken a bite when he came back over with the chef and said, “no, stop”. Thankfully it was an egg allergy issue which isn’t anaphylactic for her, but still, not good. The chef was able to quickly offer safe food options for her that he could bring quickly and our evening was fine.
No family vacation would be complete without lots of family fun, so let’s look at what to do at Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana!