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Antigua Dining for April

phelana | Apr 29, 2008 11:50 AM

Had a few great dinners in Antigua recently. Also a great breakfast. Bay Room at the Trade Winds Hotel offers incredible views of Dickenson Bay. Service is spotty but the staff are kind and helpful. The nightime scene is pure romance with the peepers serenading you under the stars. We had Antiguan breakfast which consisted of Johnny Cakes, Saltfish, Stewed Eggplant and Fried Plantains. Delish. My Mom had the Eggs Benny enjoying them well. The price was 60+ USD including tip. Dining in ANU is anything but cheap compared to my home on Bonaire.

We had our best meal at La Bussola. The former Julian's Alfresco is redone and staffed by a lovely Italian family. The service is excellent and the setting romantic and intimate. The bread was to die for..lovely yeasty hot rolls with real New Zealand butter. The wine selection impressive. Our entrees included Lobster Thermidor, Osso Bucco and Lamb. For dessert we sampled The Crème Brule’ con biscotto di caramello and Crespella dello chef
Crepe with apple, dried grape & cinnamon . We had two bottles of imported water and a bottle of wine. The bill was 220.00 with tip.

Every few years we dine at Home. Run by Antiguan Carl and his German wife, Rita, you can rely on consistent service and quality dining. Located in Carl's childhood home they have created a dining oasis. We had Grouper stuffed with shrimp, duck and chicken with veggies and bow tie pasta. My teen pronounced the duck excellent. My fish was great. Mom did not love her pasta but enjoyed it well. We had fresh passion fruit juice. Carl's freshly baked breads were excellent. The meal was about 100.00 USD.

I love the T Punch at Papa Zouk's as well as the hole in the wall setting and the super fresh fish. I do not love the way owner Bert personally takes orders. it's slow and inefficient. It is nice to chat but when hunger sets in, the wait can be pure annoying. We waited from 7-7:45 for him to arrive and then waited while he took an order for a large table. A couple who came at 7:45 had their order taken with ours and ate first. If I was not with my 85 year old Mom I might not have minded. Prices are high but it's the freshest fish around and again, the T Punch is stellar. His house Passion Fruit Vinagrette is to die for.

Chippie's Fish and Chip Cart outside Buccaneer is a fun and cheap dining alternative. Try the Mushy Peas and crispy Fish and Chips.

We had a birthday tea at Carlisle Bay. This eco friendly boutique resort is nothing short of WONDERFUL. We had lovely finger sandwiches, special little treats and amazing fruit cake. The setting is restful and the amenities first class. This has got to be one of the nicest properties on island.

We had a spectacular lunch at the new Ismay's at Galley Bay Hotel. This gem of a restaurant is at the resorts end with stunning sea views, a lovely new garden and a great staff. They feature local cuisine which is a plus at this already amazing property. We had beef roti, jerk chicken and swordfish. Everything was delicious and artfully served. The bread pudding was amazing with a rum butter sauce and the Mango Sorbet refreshing.

More to come....

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