Taino Gourmet

Taino Gourmet, Punta Cana: Hours, Address, Taino Gourmet Reviews: 5/5

Taino Gourmet
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Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Cooking lessons of international and Dominican cuisine, healthy, fresh and organic food, birthdays, parties and a lot of fun! Classes for kids!
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Donny F
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An Absolute Must-Do Activity!
Jan. 2020 • Couples
My girlfriend and I signed up for the Chollo coco (red snapper) class; as we wanted to take a class that would be something we wouldn't normally eat/prepare.

Javier (our cooking instructor) was extremely knowledgable, personal, loves what he does, and his excitement for the tradition is infectious.
Anthony (our mixologist) did not speak any English and he was still able to easily convey the concepts, steps, and passion for his craft.
These two gentlemen made the entire experience my favorite night that we spent in Punta Cana.

We started the night off with Javier giving us a history lesson on coffee and chocolate, and their roots in Dominican tradition.

We then went to a stand up station where Anthony walked us through how to make a Mamajuana mojito. The entire time Javier was taking photos so we could concentrate and just have a fun personal experience. I'm not much of a rum drinker but it was the freshest, tastiest, and most refreshing drink I've had. Anthony then reminded us that he did nothing, and we made the drink ourselves. (I have since been searching online to get that brand of mamajuana delivered to our house.

We moved onto a cooking station where all the meat and vegetables that we were using that night were prepared for us (a hidden gem in the experience). Javier then graciously walked us through, step by step, on how to make red snapper in two methods. First we made ceviche, then red snapper fillets cooked in coconut milk. He was so kind, patient, funny, and his excitement was infectious. I was worried that it would feel like a Home Ec class, but it felt like just a couple of friends making dinner together.

Even though we have already been, when we visit Punta Cana again we are adamant that we are doing one of the other two classes they offer. We're very excited to get the chance to hang out with these gentlemen again.
Written 2 February 2020
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Tallen Y
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What an incredible experience!
Jan. 2020 • Couples
There are so many wonderful things to try and do in Punta Cana this cooking class is ! This was my first trip to Punta Cana, and my boyfriend's first time anywhere out of the US. Above all else, we are huge food lovers - so this was a perfect idea for us! We also love to learn about other cultures and when we arrived, we first got some background information and history about Dominican coffee and chocolate from our wonderful host and chef, Javier - we were blown away by the Americano that Anthony made for us before starting dinner, it was absolutely delicious. Anthony also walked us through how to make a mojito with mamajuana and also taught us about the importance of presentation to a cocktail (some tricks we will definitely be using at our own parties haha).

To start dinner, Javier taught us how to make ceviche, which neither myself or my boyfriend had a lot of knowledge or experience with. The ingredients and flavors for this appetizer were so fresh and light, it was amazing. The came the main course of beautiful red snapper, vegetables and rice (chillo coco). It tasted like something you would get at an upscale seafood restaurant! And it's definitely a recipe that we will be making at home.

This experience was much more than we anticipated in the best way. We cannot thank the staff enough for their teachings- Javier and Anthony were not only professional, but they were so warm and welcoming, we really felt at home...they were also hilarious and so much fun to cook with!! Please take this class if you have the opportunity to, you will be happy that you did :)
Written 2 February 2020
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Jason O
Sachse, TX6 contributions
Awesome Evening!
Dec. 2019
Francessca and Javier along with the rest of the crew were great! We had a blast cooking with them. I would highly recommend this excursion while in Punta Cana. Everything was exceptionally clean and very well organized. Can’t wait to do it again!
Written 27 December 2019
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VBSurf
Virginia Beach, VA6 contributions
Amazing Experience
Such a fun time learning traditional recipes. Staff was knowledgeable and funny and atmosphere was clean. Great history lesson of cocoa, coffee, and mamajuana. We will be back for sure! Thanks so much!
Written 12 December 2019
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414shelleyc
Overland Park, KS25 contributions
What a wonderful suprise!!!! This is a must DO!!!!
Oct. 2019
I make it a point to take cooking classes on all of our trips now. I love to meet the local families and people and learn their culture and food styles. Going to Chillo Coco did not disappoint. Francesca was fabulous, and went above being our teacher. We loved learning they used different processes for making coffee and how Mama Juana was made. We made Brocheta DePiguillo con coco, Chilo Al Coco, and the wonderful Chocolate rellenos. I was a mouth watering dinner. We will be returning next visit. The staff was excellent. Paying attention to detail for us was off the top! Katherinne Medina who makes the fabulous chocolates, Lois Garces, Eduardo Morillo and Anthony Navarro were right there in the kitchen tending to helping us and making sure we were happy. If you get a chance to try something new, THIS IS THE PLACE. Thank you all so much.
***PLEASE FORGIVE THE TRANSLATIONS, NOT VERY GOOD AT IT***
Yo hago que se atienda a clases de cocina en todos nuestros viajes. Me encanta conocer a las familias locales y a la gente y aprender su cultura y estilos de comida. Ir a chillo coco no decepcionó. Francesca era fabulosa y fue por encima de nuestro profesor. Amábamos aprendizaje que usaban diferentes procesos para hacer café y cómo se hizo mamá juana. Hicimos brocheta depiguilo con el coco, chilo al coco, y los maravillosos reclanos de chocolate. Fui una cena de la cena. Volveremos a volver a la próxima visita. El personal fue excelente. ¡ prestando atención a los detalles que nos ha ido! Katherinne, que hace los fabulosos, lois garzas, eduardo morillo y anthony navarro estaban ahí en la cocina tensión para ayudarnos y asegurarnos de que estábamos felices. Si tienes oportunidad de probar algo nuevo, este es el lugar. Muchas gracias.
Written 1 November 2019
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tainolab
Dear Shelly and James, This review just shook my happiness out. Thank you for such a kind comment about our services and experience. We try our best in every visit of new customers to expand more of what they are expecting. It's great to know you have had a marvelous time with us. Hope to see you soon! Best regards, Francesca
Written 4 November 2019
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Luca E
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Cooking class sancocho borracho
Sep. 2019 • Couples
We started the evening with a shot of mamajuana, and Francesca told us the history of cacao and coffee, after that we had a drink and started with the lesson. Francesca explained us every step in English, eventhough we were the only foreigners. We got to eat our own creation of sancocho. And after that we ate a piece of their selfmade chocolate. Overall the experience was nice. The staff were very kind. Thank you for this great evening of learning some Dominican Culture !
Written 18 September 2019
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tainolab
Dear Luca, Thank you very much for this kind review. For us is so important making customers feel like they are at home. We are so happy you both enjoyed our cooking experience. Hope to see you back in a another cooking adventure. Best regards, Francesca
Written 4 November 2019
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kayleigh123b
Rowley Regis, UK13 contributions
Wow! 5 million *’s
What can I say Francesca is amazing! Learnt how to cook red snapper chillo coco which was delicious. We had a fantastic time. One of the best excursions we have done. To start off with we learnt about the history of coffee, coco and mamajuana. We the went into the store to look at the local produce and tried a LOT of rum. Next we went and did our cooking class section where we got to see how the rice and red snapper were cooked. We both got to cook our own fish and at the end eat it. Thank you so much. Great food and great company. Cannot recommend this any higher!!
Written 20 August 2019
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tainolab
Hello!!! I feel flattered reading this review and seeing my name in it!! I am more than happy you all had a great time, and you enjoyed your Red Snapper, and after those different amounts of rum, we tasted that night, what is better than a delicious dinner. Thank you for visiting our cooking lab and for the time in writing this review. PLEASE!!! Come soon :) Best regards, Francesca
Written 30 August 2019
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Ariel F
Dover, OH13 contributions
8 leg fun for all!
When planning our trip to Punta Cana one thing on our bucket list was for an authentic cooking class for our family to enjoy and Taino Cooking Lab, Francesca and the entire staff were so enjoyable, patient, and fun that we definitely will book again with them when we return! We had so much fun cooking our octopus and eating them.
We started the night by Francesca introducing herself and the staff and getting us drinks. She then proceeded to tell us some history of the cocao and the process they use in the Dominican to make all the different items with a very abundant product that is grown local. Our boys loved hearing all about it and we did also.
The shrimp appetizer we created was delicious and we were taught a little about presentation but is was sooooo good I wanted more. We chopped, boiled, mixed and stirred our entire meal and enjoyed every minute of our experiences.
So you know, our boys are 15,14 & 12. For our experience it was the perfect class for us.
We highly recommend Francesca, Taino staff and food lab for all!
Thanks again and we hope to see you again!
Written 3 August 2019
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tainolab
Thank you very much for this wonderful review and goos comments of Francesca(myself). I'm more than pleased by reading that you actually had a great time and enjoyed every single process and history we teach you this night. Please come back soon!
Written 15 August 2019
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Urbancitygirl64
Chicago, IL273 contributions
What a WONDERFUL local experience!
Jul. 2019 • Friends
We stayed at an all inclusive resort, so this was one of the experiences of the actual culture that we had engaging with the local culture. It was so much fun. The hands on cooking coupled with the lessons of fine chocolate, Mama Juana and local produce were great! I learned a few Spanish sentences too! I have NEVER seen avocados so big! They tasted like they came straight from the Gods. I highly recommend it for a fun night on the island!
Written 30 July 2019
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tainolab
This is a pretty nice review of our experience in Taino Gourmet cooking lab. We are so happy you all had a great time and you enjoyed our natural organic avocados and Dominican products. Hope you come soon to experience other dishes.
Written 15 August 2019
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Gabyp171
4 contributions
Amazing Service!!!
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Amazing service the one received by Venezuelan guy Jose!!! Jose was very helpful and recommended an amazing dish!!! Very Good food and very good service!!!
Written 10 July 2019
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tainolab
Thank you very much for your gorgeous rating and reviews.
Written 11 July 2019
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