My wife and I were celebrating four years of marriage while aboard the Celebrity Summit. We decided to make it a bit more special by dining at one of their specialty restaurants, Normandie. Normandie is one of the two specialty restaurants aboard the Celebrity Summit the other being Qsine (which we dined at earlier in the week).
The cuisine at this restaurant is French Continental and is a more upscale dining venue than Qsine. The décor is classic with dark wood walls, rich colors and contains some of the original paneling and ornamentation from the SS Normandie ( transatlantic liner from the early 20th century which was the fastest ship in the world at that time). The restaurant has a nice romantic vibe to it; candlelit tables, nice soft music and hushed tones. This was the perfect setting for a romantic Anniversary dinner.
As soon as my wife and I entered the restaurant we were warmly greeted and seated at a nice table for two by one of their large round windows. Our waiter came over and introduced himself and handed us menus and the wine list. The menu consisted of two parts; an a la carte section and a tasting menu called The Five Senses. After perusing all the options we decided that the a la carte options were the best for us.
I chose the following from the menu: Phyllo Baked Anjou Pear with Roquefort Cheese, Goat Cheese Soufflé, Hazelnut Coated Lamb Rack and the Strawberry Crepes for dessert. My wife chose the following for her meal: Porcini & Morel Risotto, Diver Scallop Wellington Style, Murano Lobster and the Grand Marnier Soufflé for dessert.
We loved that the service here is seamless. Water appears out of nowhere into half empty glasses. Bread refills itself on the plates. Absolutely attentive yet unobtrusive service. Several of our dishes were prepared tableside with an artful production. My wife’s Lobster and my crepes were a visual splendor as they were prepared in front of our table. Food presentation here is also top notch. Every dish is arranged artfully on the plate; absolute perfection.
The food here was very good indeed. There wasn’t a single item I didn’t enjoy. My wife loved all of her dishes except for the Scallops Wellington which was just weird. After we enjoyed our delicious desserts we took part in a cheese plate where a table of cheese and crackers were brought tableside for our personal selection. We left here very full and very happy with our choice to dine here. I will definitely come here again for another delicious meal
Favorite Dish: My favorite dishes would have to be the Phyllo Baked Anjou Pear with Roquefort Cheese and the Lamb. My wife talked me into the Baked pear and Roquefort cheese and I was so glad she did. It was so amazing; the flavors were so good. My lamb was cooked perfectly and very tender; just how lamb shoul be properly cooked.
The Nisbet Plantation has a beachside restaurant, over looking the ocean, that serves breakfast and lunch, Pool is nearby.
A formal dinner is served in the great house. It is a set menu but always delicious.
Favorite Dish: Four course meals were served at night in the Great House. There was a different menu every night with your choice of two entrees.
It was always consistently good.
Breakfast was a buffet with choices in american type food. Always a lot of tropical fruit. Very good.
Fisherman's Wharf sits on stilts over the water in the bay at Basseterre. It has been a long held tradition of the city. The atmosphere is casual and friendly.
We visited on a Saturday night and the place was nearly empty. Our service was good attentive. The menu was full and offered many tasty sounding items, though it was a bit pricey. We had the talipia fillet and the tuna, both off the grill. When your entree if finished you go up to the counter and get your plate and then add as much of the sides as you want from a small buffet table. That was nice but I was a little dismayed because the sides were not hot. But everything tasted good and we had a nice time. One thing that was not nice was the smell of the surf wafting up in our noses. It was a rank odor that put a damper on our evening.
Over all it was a good place to go, and the prices were not too bad, compared to other places on the island. But I don't think I will put it on my list of favorites.
The Marriot is a huge mall of a resort. You could stay there for your whole vacation and never have to leave the premises.
Four restaurants, four pools, fountains and much more. Yes it looks very expensive, and is.
We didn't stay there, we just went for lunch and the beach. Lunch was ok at the Bohemian bar and grill all the way out on the patio, next to the water. Good fresh and nicely presented, but not special. Sandwiches and wings, salads and drinks. I was hoping for something nicer. And I thought that using 8 ounce plastic cups for our cocktails was a bit tacky.
The rest of the resort looked fabulous, and the beach was immaculate.
Sprat Net is in Old Road just as you enter town, about five miles from Basseterre. It is a cool place with an open air Cabana right on the water. The atmosphere is very casual and typical island style. Bamboo panels and large picnic tables are abundant. The chalkboard menu has says fish, lobster, ribs etc. You order your main dish and it comes with the sides of the day. There is always plenty to eat. While you wait for your meal you wander up to the bar and get your drinks then find a table.
This is one of those places that you hope to find when you travel and look for local flavor. The service is friendly and the food is fresh prepared. If you want a fish fillet you should ask or you will get you fish island style, whole. They often have live music on the weekends.
It is a very popular place with the locals and once you go there you will want to return.
The Beach House Restaurant is located at the end of the southern peninsula on the water at Turtle Bay. This five star location is a must see if you are searching for the ultimate island dining experience. The menu features grilled Caribbean lobster and stir fried Red Snapper Oriental and many other mouth watering choices. But you will be immediately spellbound by the view. The dining area is a large open air veranda that leads straight out into the ocean along a private pier. You can watch the waves crash against the shore as you enjoy the most delicious food on Saint Kitts.
As part of the upcoming Christophe Harbour development, this location will soon be surrounded by private homes, a golf course and a deep water marina.
The service is top notch, the views are spectacular and the food is without compare. If I had to describe it with one word it would be magnificent!
Favorite Dish: I went as part of a group and the meal was set up as a buffet. There was a fresh selection of succulent fruit and vegetable salads, shrimp and pasta, and roast prime rib of beef. Everything was prepared perfectly! The prime rib was fork tender and the risotto salad was to die for.
For desert there was Caribbean bread pudding and some chocolate mango cookies, all served warm from the oven.
Dinner at the Pride of India was an ambiguous experience. The place was nice, the service good and the food tasted great. But the ordering was unusual. Every item was individually priced. I got two samosa dumplings as an appetizer. Then we both got an entree and bread. Each item again was individually priced. the entree was a small bowl of food. the Naan flat bread, two pieces was $8.80EC. our bill came to $110EC ($41US) and we were still hungry.
On this island ,with the VAT tax, anywhere is expensive. But some places are taking advantage.
If you don't mind the price, by all means visit the Pride of India.
Great food and fairly price. Two of us had a nice lunch. A dish called Mali Mambo, stir fried vegs on brown rice with a peanut sauce. I had a veg burger and fries. Two juice drinks, a piece of heavenly chocolate cake and a loaf of bread to go was only $24. Now that is a good bargain, especially on an island. The curry veggies stir fry and the roti are also great. This has quickly turned into our favorite place to eat. They make everything in house fresh. No animal products and no canned, preservatives or fillers. The cheesecake is amazing! If you were to eat some and not know it was vegan, you could not tell the difference. In a word...it is fantastic!
Favorite Dish: I will let you know once I have tried them all.
If you want the junk food like in the USA go to Neville's it is fast, cheap and fairly junky. Not bad mind you, but not what you would call a restaurant. More of a lunch counter. Fish, burgers and fries are the typical fare with some other goodies too. It's cheaper than most, fast and fills the cavity.
I would have liked to eat there but we were turned away by the menu. $15 for a sandwich, $25-30 for anything resembling an entree. We had 1 pina colada, 1pina colada virgin, and two local beers. It cost us $37US. I understand that you will pay a bit more for resort pricing, but this place was on a beach nearly by it self. A couple miles from any resort or hotel. They also charged us for rental of the beach umbrella.
I can buy the same local beer in town at a restaurant for $1.50US I was very disappointed. And I will not return. I resent being held up by a smiling wait person.
A little cabana on the beach, like a lot of them, on the strip at Frigate Bay. The food was good and the jerk sauce was perfect. Just enough heat but not too much. It was a small place and only had two people working so it took a while to get our food. But another fellow came by and jumped in to help. SO maybe it is not always so slow. The rum punch was good but strong. I don't mind a stiff drink but not everyone does. The prices were good considering they are in a tourist area. Two entrees and two punches was $33US.
I had Jerk Ribs and it came a little corn on the cob, rice and beans, fried plantain and some vegetables. I would go back there again.
It was right on the beach so the sunset view was wonderful.
This cafe sits on the second floor and overlooks the circus square in Basseterre. The atmosphere is nice and the service is good. The food is a mix of international standards with a few local treats mixed in and it is all good. We have been there a few times. There is no real problems except the pricing. Anywhere on the island at a proper restaurant will be a bit pricey, but Ballyhoo is a bit much.
I ordered a sandwich and it comes with...nothing. So I asked for some fries. My wife had a fish sandwich and some delicious coconut slaw. For drinks we had two small passion fruit drinks.
Two sandwiches, two drinks and two average sides and the bill was $35US. I thought that was a bit much. The dinner entrees are really expensive. If you are on vacation you don"t mind spending money but we live here and the search for a good, affordable restaurant goes on.
At the most southern point of the island of Saint Kitts you'll find A Beach. From here the island of Nevis is only a few kilometres away and is visible right in front of you. A Beach is a nice place to get a sun-tan, to play a game of volleyball, to have a drink and to have a nice meal.
The biggest restaurant/bar on this side of the island is A Beach Bar. This is a famous place where good food is served. The specialities are the dishes with conch: a big shell with chewy meat. But they also have good salads and fish. The prices are not cheap: in fact the pricelevel is according to Western standards, but since the rest on Saint Kitts is cheaper it seems pretty expensive.
What A Beach Bar is famous about are to velvet monkeys that often show up here, and their pet "Wilbur the Pig" who hangs around here all day long. Another typical thing about this bar is its slogan "Island Time, Rush Slowly": this is what the personnel lives by as well, so be patient...
For a long time there was only one pizza place on Saint Kitts and Nevis. A few years ago the Pizza Hut opened here, but the first pizza place still has the great name "Pizza Place". And I must say: the Pizza Hut is good, but the Pizza Place is better!
The pizza's here are sold per piece, per half pizza or per full pizza and in about 6 tastes. Mostly local people come here, ordering only one of two slices. When you are very hungry and with a few persons, you might be able to finish a full pizza. For a big one you pay about 10 US Dollars.
You'll find 'Pizza Place' at 10 metres from Victoria Street, in a small building at the left side of the road.
Near the Marriott we had a wonderful dinner at this small restaurant just down from the hotel entrance. Wonderful attentive service, a nice but pricey wine list, and some of the best pasta I have had, made this a real find.
Favorite Dish: The pasta was cooked in pure Italian style; ala dente, with a wonderful sauce. I would go back just for the pasta. All the dishes looked great, and you could see many people were returnies.
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