St Lucia Dining Guide; Champagne and Banana Crab Cakes in Paradise
Sapphire waters and emerald cliffs may sound like clichés when describing paradise – but St Lucia and her infamous Pitons really does rise out of the sea like a green cloaked dragon. The air is ripe with the scent of saltwater and cocoa beans from the nearby chocolate plantations, and lovebirds stroll hand in hand along floury strips of sand. Gleaming yacht charters are strung like pearls across the deep waters, as their guests disappear for rainforest hikes, eco spa stays, and to dip in the cool lagoons of the islands many waterfalls.
Along with being a yachting paradise, St Lucia is also a foodie heaven. Tropical fruits hang low from the branch, exotic spices permeate the air, and the waters teem with the freshest fish. From green figs and salt fish to crab back swimming in garlic butter, ice cold Piton beers, and cocoa tea so bittersweet it clings to the roof of your moth – this is what you can expect from the farm to table island. Take a look at these delirious places to dine on your yacht charter to St Lucia.
The Cliff at Cap Maison
When the New York Times and Conde Naste both rave about a place, you can be sure that it is worth making a reservation. The Cliff at Cap earns its name from its precarious position perched high above the sea. If you can tear your eyes away from the ocean views that stretch all the way to Martinique, then Chef Craig Jones is sure to wow with his nouveau French West Indian fare. Caramelized scallops sit atop curried pumpkin, reef conch ceviche is brightened with mango balsamic, and the five-spice duck leg with seared foie gras simply falls apart on the tongue. Paired with lashings of champagne pairings and sunset views, life couldn’t be any finer.
Yacht charter guests are the only ones who can find their way to the magical spot on Marigot Bay. This is sophisticated dining at its finest as you sit on the warm wooden jetty over the turquoise waters. Most nights’ live jazz plays and bright colorful fish shimmer as they swim around the lagoon. Start with crab cakes and banana chutney before moving on to coconut crusted lionfish served with a vanilla turmeric veloute. Finish with passionfruit panacotta or a cashew nut tartelette. The island flavors truly do come to life at this desert island hideaway.
On the island of St Lucia everyone wants to dine with majestic views of the soaring Pitons, at Dasheene’s this dream becomes a reality. White linen tablecloths, the cool sea breeze, stars flooding the skies, and a perfect panorama onto the forested slopes of the enigmatic mountain peaks. You can choose to sit out on the deck or for those wanting a private experience- the wine cellar boasts a beautiful setting and private server. Chef Nigel Mitchell ensures every morsel in his kitchen is locally harvested. Expect true Caribbean flair with pickled vegetables in a yam basket, plantain gratin, and sweet potato and coconut soup.
Hotel Chocolat offers more than a heady place to sleep, touted as being the spot to find some of the most imaginative food on the island – Boucan takes diners on a true culinary adventure. The idea of every dish having some form of cocoa in it may sound a little tired, yet rather than succumb to gimmicks- Boucan manages to pull the rabbit out of the hat with style and flair. The dining space is dramatic with its open plan design allowing the warm night air and wild bats to saunter through. Tempt your tastebuds with cacao gin cured mahi-mahi or beef filled Yorkshire pudding with a white chocolate mash. Fall in love with the delicate buttery cacao broth fish bouillon, and finish with any number of the staged chocolate dessert tasting plates. This is indulgence at its richest.
The Coal Pot
With over half a century beneath its belt – The Coal Pot is considered an institution on the island of St Lucia. Sleepy marina views, simple fresh fish dishes, and waterfront tables ensure an elegant yet unpretentious experience married with homegrown food. Callaloo soup, mussels dripping with white wine and garlic butter, the catch of the day thrown on the grill until black on the outside and fall apart on the fork soft on the inside, and fresh chilled ice-cream. We think this is the perfect lunch spot for those who want to sit beside the water and dream the afternoon away.
Martha’s Tables may not whip out the linen and shine the silverware, but those seeking down to earth and authentic St Lucian cooking will be floored by what comes out of Martha’s kitchen. Martha used to be a cook and a seamstress at a nearby hotel, but decided to open her own little spot to give visitors a true taste of home cooking without the frills. Everything is delicious and the portions are piled as high as the Pitons themselves. Expect hot and fluffy fishcakes, breadfruit balls, fish soaked in spiced creole sauce, thick cut sirloin steaks smothered in red wine, and lobster straight out the pot.