Bananas is an amazing find up in the hills on Nevis, West Indies. The decor is fantastic, and the atmosphere is perfect. We went for dinner on a weeknight, at the enthusiastic recommendation of our wonderful cab driver, Tin Tin. First off, try to get Tin Tin to be your cab driver. His advice and guidance are fantastic. He should be declared a Nevisian national treasure.
It was just getting dark when we arrived. A very polite employee was waiting for us with a flashlight to guide us along a cobblestone and grass path under a tunnel of palm trees. The path ended at the stairs leading up to the plantation style bungalow.
Locally produced art is displayed (and for sale) along all the walls. Portraits, landscapes, and even jewelry are all displayed in a manner both prominent and unobtrusive. We sat on a veranda watching the sunset over a canopy of trees.
The complementary fish balls were delicious, but what really set them apart was the dipping sauce: if you can imagine a smooth combination of garlic mayonnaise and red curry, with a tiny pepper kick at the end, you still won't be imagining how good it was.
The menu is an eclectic mix of Thai , North African, and standard bistro dishes. We struggled to decide between the Morrocan lamb or any of the red curry dishes. We finally decided on mussels in a white wine sauce and seared scallops with bacon over angel hair pasta in a light cream sauce. It was all fantastic.
There was only one dish on the menu with actual bananas in it: the banana creme brûlée which I had for a perfect dessert.
We started with a Cosmopolitan and a local Rum punch. Both were fantastic. As elsewhere on the island, we found the rum punches were made in the British style, with bitters. Fantastic. With our meal, we had a reasonably priced bottle of Pinot Noir.
But what really made our evening was the prompt, charming and funny service of our waiters. We liked them so much that we insisted on getting their names so that we give them a shout out here on Trip Advisor. Thanks again, Shane Browne and Miguel Rosario. You guys are awesome. We want to come back just to have you guys take such good care of again.
In case you're still unclear: I highly recommend this restaurant.
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