We were fortunate enough NOT to stay at the Calibishie Lodges for the simple reason that it is located right on the main road through the village, perched on the side of a steep hill climb at the edge of town. Just while eating dinner there, listening to the roar of motorcycles and trucks grinding gears would not make for a pleasant stay in Dominica. Perhaps the view from the rooms' balconies were better, but you could see nothing but trees from the pool/bar/restaurant area. People come to the north end of the island to get away from the third world noise and traffic of Roseau and that was definitely a buzz kill at this location. With limited dining options in Calibishie we opted for dinner there one night and had a terrible experience. Without a doubt the most expensive menu on the island (including the dismal offerings of the Fort Young Hotel restaurants), the meal began with an incorrect drinks order (dark rum vs. clear rum) and degenerated from there. My chicken dish arrived and as I began to eat it, the meat got pinker until I discovered that half of the chicken breast was RAW. I called the owner over and quietly pointed this out. Not saying a word, he removed the plate and brought the remaining chicken back cut into pieces and presented with some more salad, etc. Not a word of apology, no reassurance that it shouldn't have happened, no offer to reduce the bill, provide a free drink or dessert, just a surly return of the offending remainder recooked. Perhaps this is a cultural disconnect, I think the owners are Dutch/German/Belgian (?) but that kind of service/attitude is unacceptable by first worlders running a tourist operation anywhere. And then after paying the bill, he has the unmitigated audacity to say "Thank you, come again" as we were leaving. To which I replied loudly for all to hear, "Don't worry, we won't be back. I just hope I don't get sick from the raw chicken." His reply, "I don't think that will happen." And my parting shot was, "If I do, I'll make sure to come back and vomit in your pool!" Needless to say, I did suffer some intestinal distress that evening, nothing that an imodium couldn't cure which was not debilitating the next day.
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