There may be no better way to end a day of watching the seals and surf than tucking into a plate of Jamaican jerk pork belly at Nine-Ten. Located in the century-old Grande Colonial Hotel, this understated dining room, set with abstract glass art, and patio are more casual than grand, populated by folks who keep their shades on through dinner, of course. During lunch, the front sidewalk and back area overlooking the pool are divine.
Many patrons put themselves at “the mercy of the chef,” which is their quirky way of offering a chef’s tasting. Others may explore the menu filled with seared halibut over summer vegetables with a saffron passionfruit sauce. The kitchen reaches its peak with desserts like honey-roasted apricot shortcake with pistachio crumble.