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“Exuma Palm's & Chef Ben”
Review of Blu at Exuma Palms - CLOSED

Blu at Exuma Palms
Price range: $14 - $50
Cuisines: European, French, Bahamian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are a new concept restaurant on Great Exuma!! Not only are we on one of the most beautiful beaches in Exuma, but we are both from hospitality backgrounds. Ben, the chef hails from Ireland, where he trained under the Michelin Starred chef Derry Clarke during his apprenticeship, before heading to Washington DC and working in various restaurants. After that he went to Tokyo for a year working in the Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay restaurant. After his Asian affair he joined mega yachts where he served the wealthy throughout the entire Caribbean and Mediterranean for several years before falling in love with Exuma. Clare the Manager, from London has spent 8 years serving the uber rich and famous aboard some of the worlds most glamorous and largest yachts in the world. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily, with themed nights. Monday is Mexican night, Friday is Indian and Sunday sip Goombay Smashes listening to live Rake 'n Scrape music while feasting on the Islands famous Grillmasters pit, pulled Pork, Chicken and all the fixings...We play cool old tunes, with a casual, ocean front ambiance, serving fine cuisine from around the world, served well with a smile. Call for reservations.
Ottawa, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exuma Palm's & Chef Ben”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

This spot is among the very best of a "still developing" restaurant scene in Exuma. We didn't discover it until the end of our trip, and we all agreed we wished we had found it earlier.

We went twice and we were 5, so it meant we enjoyed 10 different appetizers, and 10 different entrees - all were wonderful, with the most memorable including the authentic Caesar salad, the Risottos, and the Red Snapper. The service was good and the tip is not already included in your bill - meaning of course that the tip is earned by good service... A nice depature from every other restaurant we attended where the tip was already included, and the service was, in some cases, not so good.

After our first meal, we chatted with Chef Ben for a bit and explained that were we going deep sea fishing the next day. Ben jokingly suggested that if we get into any Tuna, that perhaps we would think of him... As luck would have it, I caught a small Black Fin Tuna, which we dropped off on the way back, and Chef Ben crafted it into a fantastic Carpachio for us that night.

Best of luck to Chef Ben & the Exuma Palms !

Visited August 2013
Thank Ted B
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Amazing time at Exuma Blu Restaurant”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

My family and I had dinner at Chef Ben's restaurant and not only was his food absolutely amazing he added a special touch by coming out at the end with birthday deserts and drinks! I really enjoyed his style of cooking it was a great mix of the islands classic dishes with other relishes options for a change. Highly recommend going there ! Thanks again chef :)

Visited July 2013
Thank Lauren B
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A lovely place to go”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went with 17 people who were traveling with us without reservations and they did a great meal, fantastic service (best so far). They have music nights be we just missed it but worth a stop.

Visited July 2013
Thank Tanya E
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Santa Fe, NM
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amuse Bouche in Exuma!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Another visit to Exuma last week meant, of course, another wonderful meal at Ben's Blu Bistro at The Palms west of George Town. A delightful Amuse Bouche to start....in EXUMA?? YES! And sometimes, Ben makes us guess what it is.....which is a great deal of fun. This time it was cold curried plantain soup and it was fabulous! No cream, so I could slurp without guilt! The rest of the meal was superb, as well. Each of us from 11 year old granddaughter to 72 year old grandpa were full as ticks and very content!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank NMPam
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Always going above and beyond”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I am an avid self caterer. We are vegetarian and I have a lot of allergies. I am also super picky and a die hard foodie. When we booked our trip to Exuma palms, I brought tons of food that I made ahead because I am never happy with restaurants. Ben and Clare went out of their way to provide us with excellent vegetarian cuisine. They are both excellent chefs. We ate there every day during our stay for at least one meal.
We also had a lot of drinks in the bar.Their drinks are excellent too. I also found them to be cheaper than other places we tried. They were always thinking up new things for me with out pineapple. I absolutely adore these people and I can't wait to go back. They have me totally spoiled for other places.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank skidoolie
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