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Anguilla is a food lover's paradise

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white174 Feb 15, 2012 08:21 AM

Here is a quick summary of where we ate on our recent trip to Anguilla. I should mention that the food on Anguilla is FABULOUS by any standards. I highly recommend this island to any food-centric travelers.

LOVED:
Veya - dinner, one of the best meals of our lives, highlights are fish stew, calamari, snapper, tamarind glazed chicken, and coconut panna cotta

Koal Keel - dinner, excellent food, free shuttle currently running to some of the hotels on the island, very interesting flavors, highlights are snapper crudo and rice paper snapper

Picante - dinner, yummy mexican food, great margaritas, very relaxed

Sandbar - dinner, very tasty tapas and top notch cocktails, great view

Roti Hut - lunch, awesome roti, ice cold ting, need i say more?

Bon Jour Cafe - lunch, best seaweed salad I have ever had, lovely owner

E's Oven - lunch, highlights, pumpkin soup, curried creole conch

Straw Hat - breakfast, BEST breakfast on the island, good coffee, highlights are scallion potato pancakes with poached eggs and french toast (wear bug spray though)

LIKED:
Blanchard's - dinner, food pretty decent but overpriced
Blanchard's beach shack - lunch, very tasty lunch food for eating on the beach
Sunset Lounge at the Viceroy - dinner, sushi pretty good, but rest of food gross, cocktails okay, views are beyond stunning
Beach Bar at Cuisinart - lunch, okay food, good view, nice after tour of hydroponic gardens

HATED:
Blue at Cap Jaluca - breakfast, food was cold and disgusting, coconut encrusted french toast was shaped like a fish and was NOT encrusted in coconut. There was coconut sloppily dropped on top. They also made a fish out of berries on my plate. Husband had a lobster omelet which was so cold that the cheese in it never even melted (seriously, cold to the touch cubes of cheese).

Hope this helps some future Anguilla traveller's make decisions about where to eat!

  1. phelana Jan 16, 2013 01:43 PM

    Food Whisperer, indeed the beach at Cap J is blindingly beautiful...

    I have traveled and lived in the Caribbean for 27 years..honestly, Anguilla's dining options are staggering....Ellen and I share the same passion for food..the only one I don't LOVE LOVE LOVE is Mangos....the rest, phew. Trattoria Tremonto is my fav lunch spot. Grab a bucket of wine or San Pellegrino, lounge on the beach and then have lunch...perfection...Running second for lunch is Jacala.

    Photo 1: TT Lunch
    Photo 2: Barrel Stay
    Photo 3: Jacala
    Photo 4: more Jacala

     
     
     
     
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    1. re: phelana
      phelana Jan 16, 2013 01:50 PM

      Oh we stayed at Viceroy three times and I love the Sunset Lounge. The sushi is pretty ok and the drinks very good. Nice views and fun funky seating area amidst lovely art. Go for a drink...Sandbar, best Tapas hands down..after, stroll down to meet the King, Elvis...

      Best rum punch: Ferry Boat Inn

      Best Ti Punch: Straw Hat

      I miss Anguilla but won't go back while they have a dolphin prison.

      1. re: phelana
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        foodwhisperer Jan 17, 2013 07:17 PM

        Last time I was in Anguilla, the Viceroy was completely booked by some celebrity. So I didn't see any dolphin prison. Anguilla is so much more amazing than the surrounding Islands. I wish I were at BLanchard's tonite for dinner. And on the beach tomorrow morning. Straw Hat, Jacala, Smokey's for lunch. Amazing Island.

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      arepo Jan 13, 2013 01:11 PM

      I agree that Anguilla has more than its share of fine dining places yet, ironically, you never mentioned the absolute top favorites of mine anywhere in your lists.

      Seafood at Mangos is arguably the best on the island and the beachfront view is to die for.

      Italian cuisine is best found for me at Dolce Vita.

      In the mood for French? Jacala has a stunning view of Meads Bay to boot.

      Another popular Italian restaurant that many celebs favor (Clintons, de Niro, Neeson, Hoffman, etc.) is Trattoria Tramonto, which I prefer for lunch because of its beachfront view.

      And finally, you hit on my other favorite beachfront restaurant -- Straw Hat.

      No matter how you look at it, Anguilla has a plethora of great dining places and then some.
      Bon Appetit!

      1. f
        foodwhisperer Mar 27, 2012 06:36 AM

        I agree that Blue at Cap Juluca is bad. Cap Juluca has one of the nicest beaches in the world. The cotinental breakfast on your porch if you stay there, looking at the water and white sand beach is a good way to start the day. Blanchards I found to be absolutely delicious. The grilled lobster is fantastic. The jerk prawns were really good too. Their soups are fantastic. That is my favorite restaurant in Anguilla.
        Jacala has very good food also, but I think Blanchards is better. Both are on the beach and good to see the sunset. Straw Hat is a good place for the sunset as well, right near Blanchards.
        Smokey's has excellent BBQ, also the soup and fired calamari is exceptional. Great lunch place.

        1. chowmcd Feb 28, 2012 06:42 PM

          We also have had awful meals at Blue - two separate lunches (on two different trips) and breakfast - all were terrible food experiences and overpriced. We love staying at Cap Juluca but have never had good experiences at their restaurants.

          1. k
            KAPPHX Feb 21, 2012 10:55 AM

            Those are some of my favorites as well, although we have yet to try Koal Keel. Perhaps now with the new chef it is time to work it in.

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              EllenLV Feb 20, 2012 07:19 AM

              You went to some of our favorites, we love E's Oven, Sandbar and Strawhat. We also like Tasty's, Trattoria Tramento, Mangos and Barrell Stay - never miss.
              Too many restaurants and never enough time.
              Thanks for posting.
              Ellen

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