We have just returned from an overpriced lunch with dreadful food and poor service in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable on the island of Bequia. We stopped in this morning to make a 12:00 reservation and were greeted by a delightful young waiter. Since we are staying in a villa, and they grow their own fruits and vegetables on the plantation, I asked if they might be willing to sell me some produce to enjoy while we are here. He was incredibly generous and accommodating, even offering to give us a sampling of the fruits and vegetables they have available and in season. I left with a very good feeling about the place.
We arrived shortly before noon and sat at the bar of a beautiful open-air stone plantation house looking over the grounds with the ocean in the distance. We ordered one drink each, a rum punch and a guava margarita, both of which tasted of nothing but sugar. The bartender/waiter was unfriendly, bordering on rude. He recommended the special of the day which was Creole fish or chicken. I ordered fish, my husband ordered chicken. We only ordered one course and waited 50 minutes for our meal to arrive. The kitchen was overworked and understaffed. I got the chicken, my husband got the fish and it was difficult to differentiate between the two. Both were overcooked, dry and flavourless. The vegetables -- banana salad, breadfruit, plantain, sweet potato and spinach cakes were too many, too ambitious and, like the protein, without flavour.
The bill for one drink and one main course each was $71 US before tip. Outrageously overpriced. Disappointing since the setting is probably one of the nicest on the island.
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