Off our cruise ship for just a day, we toured Nassau by foot,and maximized every second in port. After two museums we were famished, and our next stop was in this neighborhood. Not wanting to backtrack and go further out of our way, we stopped into the Graycliff for lunch as it was the only restuarant around. What a delightful surprise! This is a quaint, I would say old-style establishment attached to a hotel. The place looks like it was once a huge house, with rooms set up for dining, or a whole room of couches for enjoying a cigar and glass of cognac. We opted for lunch, where too many waiters tried to assist us. While not exactly a bad thing to have many assistants, it got a little confusing on who did what! But nevertheless, we selected our lunch off a somewhat expensive but nicely assorted menu. I chose the grouper with rice and peas (which in the US are actually black beans!). The grouper was amazing - a simple tomato-based sauce that was nicely spiced - and the serving was huge, especially given the gourmet nature of the place! The rice was nicely seasoned again (although maybe a little dry, but I liked it anyway), and generously portioned. The side of steamed vegetables maintained a nice crispness. My husband opted for a side salad and the conch chowder, which he enjoyed a lot. He accepted a suggested splash of "sherry pepper" and was in heaven! asking for a second dose! Careful though - it is spicey, hubby reported. With the bread they offered butter or oil, a welcome substitution, which you could self-spice with sea salt and cracked pepper on each table. Again, pricey (our lunch totaled $60 with tip), but we found the food and atmosphere a wonderful surprise.
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