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5 Interesting British Virgin Islands Restaurants

British Virgin Islands restaurants

A beautiful island that embraces more than 40 small sub-islands, some only rocks or spits of land in the sea, the British Virgin Islands is one of the Caribbean’s best cruise choices.

Apart from the bays and hidden coves, however, the BVI also offers a robust dining scene with several great restaurants with Caribbean as well as international style cuisine. Here, we present a few of the best choices offering excellent Continental and Italian eateries that complements the West Indian-inspired fare.

1. Sugar Mill Hotel Restaurant

An elegant eatery, Sugar Mill Hotel Restaurant is part of the popular small hotel, Sugar Mill. The hotel is located on Tortola’s Little Apple Bay and is owned by food writers Jinx and Jeff Morgan.

Sugar Mill prides itself on delivering highly creative dishes with a versatile menu that changes nightly. Menu options typically include various recipes of imported duck, lamb, salmon, scallops and shrimp or fresh local fish, lobster and conch.

Imagine candles flickering against the hushed stone walls of a 17th-century sugar mill, and diners will understand how the atmosphere lends an historically romantic ambience to fine dining. Moreover, there is a garden at one end of the room, which remains open to the night air. Sugar Mill also offers a casual lunch restaurant, on the waters adjacent to their pocket beach.

2. Brandywine Estate

A formal style restaurant, Brandywine offers the typical candlelight, romantic dining setting in a relaxed atmosphere. The three-tiered restaurant was built in an old home on the site of an 18th-century British fort, but an open wall provides uninterrupted views down to the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Often, visitors begin with drinks and cicchetti (Italian tapas) under the tent on the terrace. Following that, Chef-owner Davide Pugliese presents the daily-changed menu.

The menu offers numerous options with popular choices being the Tuscan-carpaccio, homemade tortelloni, ravioli, Thai-pumpkin-and-coconut-milk soup or roast duck with mango chutney. Their deserts, especially the sorbets and chocolate cake, are also quite popular. Most visitors enjoy taking a drink by the patio bar area that overlooks the beautiful Sir Francis Drake Channel

3. Biras Creek Restaurant

Found in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, this chic restaurant is dedicated to groups looking to spend the night out. Set in a hilltop castle-like stone gazebo, most visitors reach it by boat. Perched high above the waters, this spot offers a hushed and sophisticated atmosphere as well as taste of romance with four-course prix-fixe dinners to match.

Typical dishes served here can be described as pan-Euro contemporary, i.e dishes such as papaya-glazed duck confit with orange-and-pine-nut salad; roasted loin of lamb with a mint-and-caper sauce. Biras also claims to stock the best wine on in all of BVI. Though the capacity is 60, the place is often filled, especially in the peak season; as such, reservations is a must.

4. Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant

Corsairs is a friendly restaurant that offers a fun and exciting atmosphere. It should be noted that this restaurant is not for people in a hurry as meals are made to order. The owner Vinnie engages his customers and strives to provide quality service in a laid-back manner.

Their top dishes include Tender Fillet, Island Lobster, Red Snapper,  Tuna encrusted in espresso and the all-time favorite Raspberry Mango Cheesecake (incorporated the fruit in the cheese cake) for desert.

Corsairs is often busy during the high season. As such, reservations are a must during busier periods.

5. Dove Restaurant & Wine Bar

Having a quaint and comfortable ambience, Dove Restaurant & Wine Bar prides itself on customer service in comfort. Popular choices here include the fish dinner with gnocchi, Seafood Risstto, caesar salads, crisped pancetta and tempura, anchovies and salmon.

While Dove Restaurant isn’t the typical beach side restaurant, it’s in a small but cozy building. This restaurant is staffed with servers that know the menu and wine selection well. Because of a dense setup, visitors looking for a more intimate setting may not find the seating arrangement particularly inviting.

Unlike what many may believe, the “British” in the BVI does not mean that one will find bangers and mash alongside conch fritters on most menus here. As a prime tourist destination, the BVI offers excellent choices from Italian, French, Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines, creating an excellent dining scene that rivals many other Caribbean islands.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
May 07, 2014

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