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La Casita de Yeya

After living here for almost 10 years, I've had my fair share of plato del dias, tostones, and sancocho.

When the opportunity arose to have another 'typical Domincan' meal at El Casita de Yeya, I can't say I was thrilled. But, Dominican food isn't so bad. It kind of grows on you. And after awhile, you really start to miss it! So today, was Plato del Dia day at Yeya's.

Yeya has been around for a while. She used to have a local restaurant across the street from Downtown Punta Cana when nothing was there. It was a favorite hangout for locals. Its kind of a tradition around here, to have some sancocho at 4am after a long night of dancing and drinking.

Well, eventually Yeya closed down her restaurant, to everyones dismay. But she was smarter than we gave her credit for. A few months after she closed her original location, she opened a new, and very much improved restaurant, right next to Coco Bongo in Downtown Punta Cana. Her original restaurant was very typical. Leaky roof, parking in the dirt, and bathrooms that were not very hygienic.

Her new an improved restaurant, well, I was very impressed. It looked like a very nice upscale place. Buy the looks of the outside, you would never guess they serve typical Dominican food. It's very clean and modern. Has great service and very polite servers. Modern bathrooms are nearby, and there is ample parking. Maybe 6 months after opening her new place in Downtown Punta Cana, she opened up an identical restaurant in Punta Cana Village. And that's where I'm at today.

My wife and I both ordered a plato del dia. In English, plate of the day. The plate of the day is always rice, beans, a salad, and meat. About the only thing that changes is what type of meat and how it's cooked. I had stewed chicken, and the wife ordered pork.

First thing I have to say, is that the presentation of the food blew me away. It was the most beautiful plato del dia I have ever seen. No styrofoam plate with plastic forks here. The entire meal was served on a stout cutting board, with each entrée in it's own unique wooden bowl. I had a bowl of chicken stew, a bowl of rice, another bowl of beans, and another bowl with a green salad in it. So it looked pretty good. But how did it taste?

In a nutshell, possibly the best plato del dia I have ever had! The chicken, and I have no idea how they cooked it except that it was very good and tender, just fell right off the bone. I mixed my rice and beans together, it was so good it was addictive. I finished up the meal with the salad. As far as plato del dia's go, I'd have to give this one a 10!

So, the next time you're on vacation in Punta Cana, or perhaps you are just lucky enough to live here, you got to give El Casita de Yeya a try. Tell her Ken from Punta Casa sent you. Then share your experience here with others. Bon Appétit!

La Casita de Yeya Menu

Yeya's Creole Appetizers

  • La Batea de Yeya: Our traditional Fried Food $695

    A rich and succluent mixture of Dominican beef jerky, spicy pork sausage, chicken fingers. Serviced with twice fried green plantains and hucca chips (serves two)

  • The Traditional Hucca (Cassava) Balls $150

    Stuffed with shrimp or beef

  • Yeye's Arepas $275

    Made from Cassava with avacado and east coast shrimp

  • Chicken Croquettes $300
  • Quipe, Kibbeh! $200

    Deep fried bulgur wheat croquettes, stuffed with meat and spices. Traditional of our lebanese influence

  • Empanadas $150/225

    Stuffed with chicken, cheese or beef

  • Yaroas Santiago style $350

    French fries or sweet plantains with chicken, beef, or mixed

  • Yeya's Longanas $400

La Casita de Yeya Light

  • Beef Carpaccio $450

    Thinly slices of fresh beef with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, arugula and shavings of parmesan cheese

  • Ceviche TiTi $375

    Fresh fish marinated in lemon juice with onions, corn, avacado, hot (TiTi) peppers and cilantro

  • Dominican Caprese Salad $375

    Fresh soft cheese ball, tomatoes, oregano and basil pesto

  • Taino Cassava $275

    Toasted with olive oil, topped with tomatoes

Salads

  • Avocado Salad $350

    Mixed lettuce, avacado, tomatoes and onions with a lime dressing

  • Bavaro Steak Salad $600

    Mixed lettuce, arugula, carmelized onions, cherry tomatoes confit, grilled peppers and honey mustard dressing

  • The East Salad $475

    Mixed greens with shrimp marinated in citrus juice, grilled avacados and mangos with a balsamic dressing of sweet oranges (in season)

Seafood & Fish

  • Fish Sosua $650

    Fried as they do it in Sosua beach, served with tostones (twice fried green plantains) (subject to availability)

  • Coconut Fish Samana $675

    Prepared in an organic coconut sauce, served with white rice

  • Catch of the Day $675

    Our fresh fillet of fish, served with root vegetable puree

  • Local Coast Shrimps $600

    Cooked to your taste, scampi, in coconut sauce or grilled

  • Charcoal Grilled Octopus $500

    Served with roasted sweet plantains

  • Steamed Fish $675

    Served with Fresh in Season local vegetables

  • Conch $495

    Cooked with a local sauce, served with crispy tostones (twice fried green plantains) and white rice (in season)

  • Lobster Beach Style $875

    Prepared with butter, garlic, seas salt or coconut sauce and cilantro (in season)

Dominican Style Pasta

  • Macaroni with Run $425

    Short pasta with chicken bites flame in rum, bacon, cheese and pint hot Titi (hot pepper) sauce

  • Pasta Macao $500

    Mixture of seafood from our shores cooked in a white sauce and wine

Our Monfongo Selection

    With crispy pork rinds. Monfongos can be served with the following

  • Spicy Pork Sausafe "Longaniza" $475
  • Pork Meat $425
  • Traditional $375
  • Shrimp $500
  • Chicken Breast $425

Soups

  • Sancocho with 7 Meats $400

    Hearty meat stew served with white rice

  • Chicken Soup $275

    Light chicken soup full of flavor

  • Tripe $375

    Tripe cooked with our personal touch, served with white rice

  • Shrimp "Asopao" $625

    Rice based soup of shrimp cooked in lobster broth

Sandwiches

All sandwiches are served with French Fries

  • Beef Tenderloin Sandwich $525

    Fillet of beef, red and green peppers, onioins and cheese, served on a baguette

  • Chicken Breast Time $375

    Chicken, onions, peppers, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a special sauce served on a baguette

  • Dominican Burger $375

    8oz Ground beef patty, avacado, carmelized onion, bacon, sweet plantains, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes

  • Full Burger $375

    8oz ground beef patty, fried egg, saute mushrooms, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and french fries

Steaks and Meats

  • Onions Beef Tenderloin $675

    Beef Fillet with pickled onions, lemon, garlic and oregano from Montecristi, served with tostones (twice fried plantains)

  • Sauteed chicken Breast $450

    Seasoned with Lemon, garlic and oregano, served with rosemary potatoes

  • Kirt Steak with Dumplings $700

    Cuts of skirt steak over a bed of dominican dumplings, in a creamy white sauce

  • Pork Chop $475

    Pork chop with pineapple sauce

  • Stuffed Chicken Breast $500

    Chicken breast stuffed with sweet plantains, chease and bacon smothered in white rice

  • Chicken Nuggets $350

    Chicken nuggets Dominican style served with French Fries

  • Grilled Meat (serves two) $1500

    Fillet of beef, skirt steak, chicken breast, spicy pork sausage, served with tostones (twice fried green plantains)

  • Goat "Chivo" with Dominican Rum $600

    Goat meat cooked in rum, served with white rice and red beans

Side Dishes

  • Tostones (twice fried green plantains) · Rice & Beans · Toasted Casssave · Sweet Plantains · Boiled Yucca $150
  • Fried Yucca · Mashed Potatoes · Mashed Vegetables Roots · Saute Potatoes · House Salad · Fried Sweet Potatoes $150
  • Grilled Vegetables $200

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Ken Harrington

When I'm not traveling, you can find me hanging out of the beach here in the Dominican Republic. I try not to take life too seriously if I can avoid it. Oh yeah, and I’m the guy that sort of keeps this site from falling apart.

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