Compiled By NAN Lifestyle Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY,
Fri. Jan. 29, 2016: Caribbean cuisine is renown the world over. Now several restaurants across the region have earned the fine dining seal of approval from diners globally. Here are the top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants according to Trip Advisor:
1: 2 Fools and a Bull, Aruba: Taking the title of best fine dining restaurant in the entire Caribbean is the three-plus year old 2 Fools and a Bull restaurant in the restored Old Cunucu House on the Palm Beach Road in Noord, Aruba. 2 Fools and a Bull offer guests a unique dining experience previously unknown to Aruba. Fred Wanders and Paul Faas’ restaurant feature an authentic French firewall, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean! A comfortable “dining bar” seats a maximum of only 18 and diners are able to observe the open kitchen where food becomes art before their eyes. 2 Fools set their 5-course menu at $101 per person and reservation is a must!
2: Carte Blanche Restaurant, Aruba: Number two in the region is the Carte Blanche Restaurant, also on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. This is a uniquely different dining experience since it provides only 14 guests the opportunity to sample a variety of culinary combinations while chatting with other guests or their hosts Dennis and Glen. Chef Dennis creates the five course dinner menu nightly that is cooked right in front of you. Book well in advance!
3: Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar, Puerto Rico: Coming in at number three on the list is the Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here it’s all about the prix fixe tasting menu of international fusion cuisine that includes wine pairings and dishes likes poke-cubed salmon, tuna and watermelon with sesame seeds; white bean soup; sea bass and creme brûlée in a great ambience. The lobster risotto is scrumptious as well as the beef tenderloin and popcorn shrimp that is flavored with cilantro and garlic and grilled lacquered with anejo tequila and served with pablano guacamole and heirloom ancho-spiced popcorn.
4: The Wine Cellar, Curacao: This Willemstead, Curacao French cuisine restaurant owned by Nico Cornelisse makes the top four on the list for top fine dining restaurants in the Caribbean. Chef Cornelisse is from Holland and has owned this restaurant for more than thirty years. The menu features dishes like fresh Grouper and lobster, while the finest rack of Lamb from Holland is flown-in weekly. A choice of the world’s most popular wines complements the exquisite cuisine. Finish your meal with a warm walnut-and cashew pie, Crepes Suzette or a light quesillo flan. Italian coffee is served with a selection of Dutch chocolates.
5: Le Cottage, St. Martin: Bruno Lemoine’s Le Cottage restaurant in French Saint Martin delivers gastronomical feats and comes in at number five. Escargots are an excellent choice as is the seafood risotto and local mahi-mahi wrapped in kadaif. Food, ambience and service collide here in Saint Martin at Le Cottage according to many diners.
6: Bistrot Caraibes, St. Martin: Bistrot Caraibes comes in at number six. It has been around on the island of Saint-Martin Island since 1993 when Brothers Thibault and Amaury Mezière had the vision to open it. The restaurant features a lovely setting where returning clientele keep rating the Bistrot Caraibes as being one of the top 5 establishments on the Island of Saint-Martin for its relaxing, romantic, and casual atmosphere and great French cuisine. Don’t miss the Lobster Thermidor, Scallops and shrimp and duck dishes.
7: Naru Restaurant and Lounge, Barbados: Coming in at number 7 is Naru Restaurant and Lounge, Barbados. Located in Christ Church, Naru offers up an exciting fusion of Pan Asian and Caribbean cuisine, including sushi and Jerk Vegetable Spring Rolls. Barbadian Chefs, Barry Taylor and his wife own this restaurant that features a visible open kitchen and sushi bar that offers up freshly made to order sushi. There are, however, lots of other options to satisfy the global palette and the price is reasonable.
8: The Cliff, Barbados: The Cliff Restaurant in Saint James, Barbados takes the number eighth spot. It has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best places on the island mostly because of its picturesque setting, which offers diners the chance to look at marine life swimming in the bay. Its Chef Paul Owens offers up mostly an international flair at top dollars so get ready to shell out.
9: Spice Of India, St. Lucia: Spice of India made it to the number nine spot on this list. It is a sophisticated Indian restaurant in the heart of Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia where Chef Adil offers a modern flair to the ancient, traditional Indian Tandoor technique of cooking. Top dishes include the chicken vindaloo as well as dahls and veggie dishes.
10: Sheer Rocks, Antigua: Rounding up the top 10 list is Sheer Rocks at the Cocobay Resort in St. Mary’s, Antigua. This restaurant has gotten rave reviews for its tapas lunch and refreshing sunset aperitifs. It’s pretty pricey but bills itself as “Antigua’s most romantic dining experience” since it is located on the sunset side of the bluff at Cocobay. The cuisine is Mediterranean influenced with a simple yet innovative a la carte dinner menu.