BUZZ SEAFOOD & GRILL
Rodney Bay (opposite the Royal St. Lucian Hotel) • (758)458-0450/1
After nearly ten years of operation, the Buzz is still buzzing!! Owner Pat Bowden and Chef Marie have been successfully collaborating for more than 30 years. Menus offer a tremendous a la carte selection and there is always a nightly special.
The food is beautifully presented on dishes of varying shapes, sizes and colours. Starters include Lobster & Crab Cakes, Shrimp Tempura, Homemade Raviolis (with Spinach or Lobster) or Thai Mussels. Although Buzz is well known for Seafood you should return to have Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shanks, Rack of Lamb, Chicken Wellington or something local like West Indian Pepperpot and Seafood Creole. There are Char-grilled Steaks and BBQ Baby Back Ribs for the meat lovers and a great selection of pastas, salads and vegetarian dishes. Fresh Fish is delivered daily: Seared Tuna, Potato Crusted Red Snapper, Baked Dorado filled with Avocado, Jumbo Prawns and Cream Cheese are only a few examples. Fresh Lobster is served during season from 1 Sept to 30 April.
Buzz has a good wine list. Desserts are made on the premises. How about Caribbean Crème Brûlée or Warm Apple Crepes & Ice-Cream?
The Dining Room is cool and inviting and the Bar intimate. Mervin the bartender produces his outstanding cocktails and keeps clients amused. Guests can also dine in the Garden under a fairy lit marquee.
Buzz is open from 5.30 p.m. 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM DEC 1 TO MARCH 31. CLOSED ON MONDAYS FROM MARCH 31 TO DEC 1. Reservations are a must. Credit Cards accepted.
BIG CHEF STEAKHOUSE
Rodney Bay • (758)450-0210
Visit well known TV chef “Big Chef” at his Steak House in Rodney Bay. The steakhouse features the biggest, juiciest, succulent, tender USDA pure Angus Steaks plus a variety of pasta, seafood (the mussels are out of this world) and salad. There are strip loin and rib steaks cut at 14oz, 22oz, & 32oz plus the ladies favourite, 8oz tenderloin, which is used for fillet steak, pepper steak, surf & turf and jasmine royal, served with fresh seared fois gras.
If 32oz is not enough, Big Chef will cut a bigger one, as big as you can handle. Order the steak challenge and if you consume a 32oz rib or strip steak in full, you will get a certificate and enter the rank of “Big Steak Master”, plus get a free one pound rib or strip steak.
Big Chef has created outstanding sauces like Au Poivre with green pepper corns and Bourgogne. All steaks are seasoned with Big Chef’s unique secret spice, a flavour never matched. He is there every day except Sunday (closed) to make sure everything is well marinated, including the chef. Everything is reasonably priced.
After the main course, Mrs. Chef will tempt you with heavenly home made cheesecakes. Big Chef Steakhouse is a small cosy place with lots of atmosphere and soothing dinner music. Acclaimed by guests for best dinner value and quality in the world. Open from 6 pm, except Sunday. Visa/MasterCard & American Express accepted. Reservations call (758)450-0210. Air conditioned.
Rodney Bay • (758)452-8115
The Charthouse is one of the longest established restaurants on the island. It has always maintained its reputation for excellent food, combined with impeccable, friendly service with staff virtually unchanged since its inception 22 years ago. Situated on the waterside in Rodney Bay, The Charthouse is naturally air-conditioned by the trade winds blowing through the open-plan building. The food is simple, honest-to-goodness cooking and everything is prepared to order. Specialties are charcoal broiled US prime steaks, fall-off-the-bone hickory smoked baby back spare ribs, roast prime rib of beef and the freshest seafood on the island, including local lobster (delivered daily by the fisherman who caught it). There is a large selection of wines and a wide choice of Cuban cigars. All major credit cards accepted.
Rodney Bay • (758)452-9999
Located at the Royal St. Lucian Resort and Spa, Chic is a small restaurant with only 75 covers and a small dining room reserved for private functions. Open for dinner only, guests are welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Starters include Cappuccino of Summer Artichokes wild mushrooms Mousseline or “Boudin Noir” caramelized ripe plantain apple and Calvados puree.
For main course dishes, the chef’s selection includes Smoked Garlic Rib of Lamb Stuffed Provençal vegetables jus niçoise or Roasted Medallion of Red Snapper filled with seared scallop, fennel, black cardamom puree, rosemary lemon butter.
For reservations call (758) 452-9999.
THE COAL POT
Vigie Marina • (758)452-5566
The Coal Pot has been a fine dining experience for the last forty years. Michelle Elliot and her French husband, Xavier, own and manage the restaurant - voted Restaurant of the Year in 1999. Michelle is the elegant hostess; Xavier is the chef sans pareil.
New World cuisine, the marriage of the freshest Caribbean ingredients with simple yet exquisite, French cooking methods, is The Coal Pot’s trademark. At lunch, a daily special is served alongside dishes like Greek and shrimp salads. Fresh, local fish prepared in a variety of excellent sauces is an ideal lunch choice. Dinner, with linen service, is a relaxed affair. Coquilles St. Jacques and smoked salmon add a continental flair to local delicacies, such as curried chicken served in a coconut shell. There is also a selection of fine wine.
The Coal Pot’s ambiance is as special as the cuisine. The walls of the wood and stone open-air structure are decorated with colourful Caribbean art. These acrylic and watercolour designs are Michelle’s imaginative creations. Just a few feet away from the dining tables, the waters of the Vigie marina lap against the coral stone beach. On full moon nights, tables are set under the stars. The Coal Pot is not only a food lover’s delight but an intimate place to lunch and dine.
DISCOVERY AT MARIGOT BAY
Marigot Bay (758) 458-5300.
The Boudreau Restaurant – Named after Walter Boudreau, the legendary schooner captain who sailed into Marigot Bay and built the first hotel fifty years ago. The elegant restaurant showcases Boudreau memorabilia and historical pictures. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations required.
The Rainforest Hideaway – A fine-dining restaurant and champagne bar tucked amid the lush mangroves on the northern side of the bay—a two minute ferry-ride on the resort’s ferry. This is the ultimate romantic retreat with a gentle jazz ambience, tropical blossoms, vines and fairy lights situated on its own dock, over the water. The menu combines a number of culinary influences and uses the freshest ingredients, according to what's available at the local market. Reservations required.
The Coffee Dock – A European-style coffee shop, serving breakfast and all-day snacks and sandwiches. It also serves fresh pastries and breads made in Marigot at the neighbouring French bakery. The fun outdoor seating is styled around coffee sacks and ship's wreckage.
Hurricane Hole Bar – Experience the original bar, famous among yachtsmen worldwide, with a panoramic view of the bay. This poolside bar has been restored to its former glory with its original lighting and signage, and the old almond tree. Apart from a range of creative cocktails, ice cold Pitons and a variety of rums, the bar serves simple but hearty fare such as sumptuous burgers and other favourites.
Pink Snail Bar – A chic Champagne, belini, martini and cocktail bar, themed around the original Dr Dolittle movie, filmed here over 40 years ago. Pink Snail features a pink glass and resin bar with Shimmer Chandeliers by renowned designer Sharon Marston, furniture by Philippe Starck and cutting edge, big city design.
The Baguette Shop – A lively patisserie in the pretty Marina Village courtyard garden. The perfect place to pick up freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolat and a variety of breads straight from the oven.
THE LIME RESTUARANT
Rodney Bay • (758)452-0761
This excellent restaurant owned and managed by an exquisite lady named “T,” has for years, been offering consistently good, reasonably-priced food. Lunch and dinner include fresh seafood, steaks, pork, chicken and barbecue ribs, served with typical St. Lucian sauces and accompaniments. The Lime’s fast-food kitchen is a quick way to enjoy fresh St. Lucian cuisine at an unbeatable price. Dine al fresco or in the covered dining room. Ask about daily specials. The Lime is open for lunch and dinner six days a week. Live music every week. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
JACQUES WATERFRONT DINING
Vigie Cove • (758)458-1900
Before settling in St. Lucia, Jacky Rioux, the restaurant’s owner and chef, travelled all over the world. His voyages gave him an appreciation for indigenous ingredients and he has developed his own style of fusion cuisine that combines fresh ingredients with French cooking methods.
Jacky Rioux specializes in fish and seafood (fishermen are always bringing him unusual delicacies) and he shops personally for fresh produce.
The result is meals cooked to perfection. Colourful appetizers and entrées have “Eat Me” written all over them. Chef Rioux mixes his own spices and seasonings and, like most French chefs, he is a talented sauce maker. He also smokes his own meats.
The restaurant’s extensive wine list carries vintages from just about every wine-producing country in the world. The cocktail list contains old favourites and some seductive new concoctions.
Cathy Rioux, the chef’s wife, is the hostess at Jacques Waterfront Dining. The restaurant is set in a tropical garden overlooking the Vigie Marina. Every evening the water is lit up to enhance the dinnertime ambiance.
The lunch menu is a set selection written up on a blackboard. Dinner is à la carte and each dish is prepared to order. Popular selections include starters like octopus and conch in curried coconut sauce and main courses of boneless chicken breast stuffed with smoked salmon in a citrus butter sauce or oven baked kingfish with a white wine and sweet pepper sauce. Jacques Waterfront Dining is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations are advised. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
Ladera, Soufrière • (758)459-7323
Dasheene is one of the Caribbean’s most highly regarded restaurants. Located cliff-side at Ladera, it offers spectacular sunset views 1,100 feet above the Anse de Pitons inlet, overlooking the Caribbean and dramatic Piton Mountains. The restaurant is under the direction of Executive Chef Orlando Satchell and Head Chef Nigel Mitchell. It is known around the globe for its fresh, innovative take on West Indian cuisine. The produce is grown for the resort by local farmers and neighboring plantations. Fish is caught daily in the nearby waters, and the spices are harvested from indigenous St. Lucian plants. Dasheene is an inevitable dining destination for local and international visitors.
THE EDGE RESTAURANT
Harmony Suites Hotel, Rodney Bay Village • (758)450-EDGE (3343)
Set over the water’s edge, the Edge Restaurant, Bar & Sushi is comfortably cooled by the tropical breeze. The restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening, it is lit with flambeau torches.
The Edge is the creation of Bobo Bergstrom, Caribbean Chef of the Year 2003. Scandanavian by birth, St. Lucian by adoption, Bergstrom has successfully married European and Caribbean cooking techniques. He opened St. Lucia’s first Sushi Bar at the Edge, and pairs his unique Eurobbean creations with traditional Japanese sushi such as: sashimi, nigiri, tataki, maki, oramake and temaki.
The Chef’s five-course tasting dinner menu is the recommended way to sample the Edge’s cuisine. The selections are: Kingfish, gravad lax style with mango- mustard dressing; star anise crispy duck breast on sesame crouton with mixed organic salad greens in guava dressing and cumin syrup; Campari-glazed fillet of Mahi-mahi with pomegranate- melon mojo, fufu and toasted coconut- and callaloo sauce; grilled tenderloin of Beef and foie gras- tortelloni with Creole bloody Mary sauce and truffle scented crème of celery.
The dessert menu proposes a celebration of seasonal fruit: sorbet, warm tart, crème brulée, marinated with basil and chili, the Edge chocolate tarte or the famous coconut- mango cheese cake.
Chef Bobo’s menus change at least four times a year according to seasonal availabilities.
The reputation of the Edge is now on-line. The shortest testimonial reads:
What a wonderful, complete dining experience...perfect location, excellent service, exquisite food beautifully presented and professional, friendly staff.
The selection of fresh fish, markedly the tuna and red snapper, were the best I have tasted, cooked to perfection with a delightful fusion of flavours…I cannot recommend The Edge highly enough. Jackie Hart
THE GREEN PARROT RESTAURANT
Morne Fortune • (758)452-3399
The Green Parrot Hotel is a prestigious resort with an excellent restaurant. The property is tucked away on the hillside of the historic Morne Fortune, commanding a panoramic view of the capital city of Castries, the Vigie coastline and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The internationally acclaimed Green Parrot offers St. Lucian, Caribbean and European cuisine. Impeccable service awaits guests. Chef Harry is renowned for his culinary expertise, backed by his 10 year cooking experience and professional training at Claridges Hotel in London. Many have enjoyed Chef Harry’s glorious food. His Green Parrot Hotel has been home to the Pope’s entourage in the 1980’s, to the late Princess Margaret, Alexander Haig and Pierre Trudeau.
To experience Chef’s cooking creations, for lunch or dinner, call (758) 452-3399 to make reservations. Parking is available.
THE GREAT HOUSE RESTAURANT
Cap Estate • (758)450-0450
The Great House Restaurant combines the eloquent air of the plantation days with International and Caribbean Cuisine, spiced with a dash of Creole flair to bring you an exquisite dining experience. This award winning restaurant caters for groups, special occasions, private parties or your special catering needs. A memorable, fine dining experience awaits in a glorious colonial setting with a magnificent view and romantic ambience. Join Chef Mouyon and his friendly staff for afternoon tea from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Happy Hour from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, then stay for dinner from 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Rex St. Lucian, Rodney Bay • (758)452-8351
Decorated in ‘Asian fusion’ style, the air-conditioned Oriental specializes in Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisine. The menu is divided into three sections: Desire (soup course) Temptation (entrees) and Satisfaction (main course selections).
The Tom Yam soup is a light, spicy prawn soup flavoured with lemon grass and lime juice. The more pungent Soto Ayam is a curried chicken soup from Indonesia.
Temptation selections are all beautifully presented. The Sashimi platter consists of delicate, translucent slices of raw fish, lying on small heap of finely sliced, uncooked cabbage. The pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi, give the dish a spicy distinction. The smoked salmon temaki is a surprising combination of vegetables and seaweed wrapped in smoked fish.
The plats de resistance are in the Satisfaction section of the menu. The Thai Beef Curry is a clever combination of creamy coconut milk and spicy heat. The Hong Kong style Duck marries the strong flavour of duck with a fine, slightly sweet hoisen sauce. The Lamb Rogan Josh is a mixture of blended spices without too much heat.
Indeed, the flavours of these dishes appear to be layered. The palette experiences a series of distinct tastes all in one mouthful.
The dessert menu has several selections that use the lychee fruit as a main ingredient. The emphasis here is on creating an interesting blend of textures such as fresh fruit salad served with honey-sweetened, crispy rice vermicelli.
Ask to see the extensive wine list. During the high season, the Oriental is open 7 days a week. In low season the restaurant closes on Sundays.
THE MANDOLIN RESTAURANT
Cara Suites, La Pansee • (758)452-4767
The Mandolin is an elegant open-air restaurant and bar on the front veranda of Cara Suites, five minutes from Castries, the George Charles airport, and 15 minutes from Rodney Bay. With refreshing views of the surrounding hillsides, tropical flowers in the hotel garden, the city of Castries below and the Caribbean Sea beyond, the restaurant offers an escape from the hustle of the city at lunchtime. It is the perfect venue for a business dinner, a family celebration or a romantic tryst in the evening. The Mandolin buffet lunches have been described as the tastiest on the island. In addition, our chef has developed an extensive a la carte menu of European cuisine with a Caribbean flavour, available for both lunch and dinner. It is all delivered with the Cara trademark of excellent service.
Bring along your copy of Visions Magazine for a 10% discount on your meal at the Mandolin.
SCUTTLEBUTTS BAR & GRILL
On the Waterfront in Rodney Bay Marina • (758)452-0351
Relax and watch the world sail by as you cool off with an ice-cold beer and take a dip in our private swimming pool. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Scuttlebutts crew will provide good service while you enjoy our friendly atmosphere and waterside ambience.
Gather your shipmates and join us for dinner in the main restaurant, or on deck beneath the stars. Our menu has a favourite for everyone including Deck and a Half for hungry sailors, and Half-Deck portions for children.
Sample our excellent wines, speciality drinks and cocktails, including a wide choice of Caribbean rums and shooters. So come-alongside and share a story in Scuttlebutts, we are open everyday until late.
We have easy access for car parking and ample mooring facilities for dinghies. We also provide Internet access, daily weather-watch, crew-news, plus delivery service from restaurant to boat. For more information call (758)452-0351 or VHF Channel 68.
WINDJAMMER LANDING VILLA BEACH RESORT & SPA
Labrelotte Bay • (758)456-9000
Dragonfly - ‘Euro Caribbean Cuisine with an influence of Asia’. The very best of the ‘East’ merges with the finest of the ‘West’, in a great fusion of Caribbean and Asian Cuisine. The restaurant is carefully appointed with the finest in Asian teak furniture and tastefully decorated with some of St. Lucia’s most beautiful flora.
Papa Don’s - This intimate Mediterranean style Taverna is located above the Island Pool. Its mountain side terrace offers spectacular views of Martinique. The restaurant offers great pizza from our wood burning ovens, fresh pasta and a selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Jammer’s Bar - The place for exotic cocktails and mid-day lunch. Everyday, our Bartenders create new tropical drinks and the beer is always ice cold. Happy Hour is from 5-6 pm.
The Upper Deck - Fine ‘Sunshine Cuisine’ within a nautical feel in this alfresco style restaurant. Diners can choose from the evening A La Carte menu offering sumptuous seafood delicacies, grilled steaks, kebabs, salads sandwiches and much more. Our daily ‘Captains Table Menu’ for the adventurous guest is also available.