We understand the Pavilion recently opened its dinner to the public as it is located in a remote section in the southern part of the island. It is an absolutely stunning restaurant and if you dine, we recommend you before dusk so that you can enjoy the entire view of the property. Once night falls, the property is very dark, although the sounds of the waves and shadow of the mountain add charm to a spectacularly lit and decorated restaurant. This is one of those places where less is more and the designers are spot on.
Dining in a beautiful setting like this can easily sway opinions toward food, particularly, as was in our case, we ordered finer champagne and wine to take advantage of the evening. The wine list is quite nice with selections ranging from the $40US to well over $200 and with a range of selections by the glass. We started by sharing a lobster salad which the kitchen kindly split into individual servings of very ample portions. The salad was fresh with light mayonaise and included good portions of diced sized lobster meat. My wife had the swordfish and tuna sashimi which was probably a poor selection, since most sashimi tastes the same. I had the conch fritters which were ok and made much better by a nice, light tartar type sauce. I have not had fritters on the island and expected them to be flat and they were served in a breaded, round ball form. My wife was disappointed with her swordfish feeling that the fish was very dense and perhaps a bit overcooked. She stated that she has had much better prepared swordfish. The meal came with a risotto which also was good, but nothing memorable. I had the snapper which was also breaded and came with a serving of nicely steamed vegetables and a starch that I can't describe (and forgot to ask what it was) but was tasty. We closed the night with a mix of sorbet that we intended to split. Our waitress came back and said she would give us each a serving of all three sorbets. Only latter I found she had billed us for two sorbets (we offered our driver dessert and thought she got one too). This was the first service error we have experienced on the island and, in retrospect, not very professional. As stated, we also asked the staff to offer our driver a starter or dessert (on our bill) and although they stated they would do so, they never did.
Taxi drivers tend to wait at the bar for their rides as the trip is quite isolated. Expect to pay $24 each way (pre-tip) from the Marriott. Our meal of 3 starters, 2 entrees and 2 desserts was $162 before tip or taxes. We also drank well. :> In fairness, it would be hard for food to be as spectacular and romantic as the setting. If you want a special experience of your visit to St. Kitts, I highly recommend you dine here.
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