This was our last stop on our sail around the islands and we really got lucky.
The 3 days running up to it had been wet and our supply of clothing was extremely limited, Claud and Regis were very understanding and allowed us ruffians entry in our flip flops and t shirts. This was only the beginning of what was one of the best restaurant experiences of all of the crew's lives.
We started with the night's special cocktail, (made by a sassy bartender who was determined to show us a good time) the "Chihuahua" - think a "Greyhound" only with tequila and a salt rim. They use fresh pressed grapefruit juice not the tinned stuff, no shortcuts here and it showed through in the flavour. We arrived after dark so there wasn't so the view wasn't spectacular, but when you look around you and realise you're drinking a cocktail in a space that was for nearly 400 years occupied by a cannon, it doesn't really matter!
The restaurant wasn't busy (first Monday open for the season) so Claud and Regis had a glass of wine and talked us through the menu and specials as well as their story. We all settled on our choice and sat down to eat. The beef tartare was incredible, the starter portions were not for the faint of heart, but the great thing is that meant we could all have a bit of each other's and still enjoy enough of what we actually ordered! The tuna tartare was as flavourful as the beef and the mussels were exactly what you would expect from a quality French chef.
3 of the group had decided to share the "Royale" paella, they were not disappointed. 3 fresh Anegada 1/2 lobsters grilled simply, with garlic and butter, sitting on a bed of perfectly cooked seafood, chicken, sausage and rice. There was plenty left over and it was much needed later on that night! I had the duck confit ravioli, the homemade fresh pasta was wonderful.
After dinner we were not rushed out and Claud and Regis insisted we stay as long as we wanted and they joined us for numerous bottles of red wine. We were fortunate as the restaurant was closed the next day so our hosts were more than happy to enjoy their "Friday" night with us (Tuesday their only day off during the season!). Dessert was served late, after the remnants of the paella had been picked clean, and it was fantastic. All homemade and all delicious. I think at one point I had a raspberry cheesecake, an almond flour chocolate cake and a creme brulee in front of me. Gluttonous, I know but I didn't mean it lightly when I said it was one of the best restaurant experiences of my life!
Claud took us on a little island tour the next day and it was amazing to trace our sailing route from land. Outrageous hospitality from 2 genuinely lovely people, I only hope they come up to Bermuda so we can do the same for them!
(Bermuda "Being Nauti" Oct/Nov 2013)
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