Asha's sits on a deck overlooking the Caribbean on Front St in Punta Gorda. It is, in my view, the best restaurant on South coast. Asha is Rasta: warm, real, and very friendly. So no meat here, but for a bit of chicken, but if you come to PG and eat anything other than fish and the absolutely incredible local produce, you are certifiably nuts.
When you walk in, there is a blackboard with a listing of available fish and sides-the ones that are available that day are checked. The fish is prepared in a number of ways-our favorite was the garlic sauce, which worked great with snapper, snook and lionfish. Fried conch was great, a bit of guilt and all.
The fact they feature Lionfish is a tribute both to the great taste of the fish, it's depressing availability ( an invader species destroying the native reef fish--thanks to that nightmare of a place, Atlantis, which allowed them to escape from their "aquarium"--and to Asha's heart and environmental ethos. Highly suggest the callaloo and coconut rice as sides, cole slaw is tasty and not over-dressed. Prices for complete dinner are $25 BZ or about $12 US. In that range, it is more than you would pay some other places, but the quality of the food is superb.
As is the case in much of Central America, service can be good or very, very slow. If the place is packed and you lack patience, ask how long to expect your food to arrive. But under any circumstance, chill out, have a Belikan and enjoy the view. The food and spirit of the place is worth it.
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