Consistency is the cornerstone of reputation. (My original line, feel free to use it.) If you go somewhere and its good, and the next time you go, it isn’t, you are not going to risk recommending it to others. However, if you go and its good and you go again and its good and you hear others who have been say it’s good, before long the place has a “reputation” for being good; case in point, Chez Bamboo. I heard good things about it from our taxi driver, the incomparable “Shorn,” expert on Virgin Gorda and its dining establishments. So, I thought I’d give it a try if I had time. As Susan and I got involved in the process of our vacation, Chez Bamboo slipped my mind. Then we asked the owner of Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes, where we were staying, if she’d join us for dinner, and that we’d like for her to choose the venue. She chose Chez Bamboo, and we had a wonderful dinner and a delightful evening. That was in 2012. We returned to Virgin Gorda and Guavaberry Spring Bay for 2 wonderful weeks at the beginning of February, 2014. As Shorn drove us from the ferry dock we passed Chez Bamboo. I asked how the restaurant was doing and he reported it was doing very well.
Again we asked Tina Goschler, proprietress of Guavaberry Spring Bay to join us for dinner, and again she said “how about Chez Bamboo.” As Susan and I had enjoyed our last evening there we said sure. Tina arranged reservations and we arrived and were immediately made to feel like special guests. Now, I know coming with Tina may have given us some additional standing, as Guavaberry Spring Bay is one of the island's most popular resorts, but Tina wasn’t doing the cooking or the serving; that would be the exclusive province of Chez Bamboo’s staff who probably didn’t even know Tina was on the property.
The service was cordial, sincere and all around excellent. Susan, Tina and I all chose seafood as our main course, all a different species and all prepared differently. Each was superb. Desert, well here I lose all objectivity because if it’s sweet and its chocolate, I’m probably going to like it. Chez Bamboo did not let me down.
Some reviewers have complained (or better put “griped”) about the price. I thought the prices were very reasonable, particularly when you factor in that almost all of the meal would have had to be brought in by boat! I can only imagine that running an upscale restaurant with the challenges of an underdeveloped island infrastructure and a limited labor pool presents many obstacles to achieving consistency. But, Chez Bamboo, under the watchful eye of owner Rose Giacinto pulls it off night after night and has justly earned the reputation as the restaurant of choice by locals and tourists alike. Well done, Rose and we’ll see you next time we’re in Paradise.
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