One reason so many people turn their one-time visit to the Dominican Republic into a permanent change of address is the food. The fine dining options in the major cities run the range of local dishes to European cuisine—and you’ll even find a few incredible sushi restaurants, as well. This brief video highlights La Residence, which provides a French fusion meal in a romantic, intimate setting the Dominican Republic is known for.

These kinds of Dominican Republic restaurants — which cater to both tourists and the upscale expat communities here—are exactly what life in the Dominican Republic is all about. You can enjoy the bold flavors of the DR, but with the comforts and elegance you’re accustomed to at home.