With over 100 restaurants on the small island of Anguilla, dining here is an epicurean adventure. The island is graced with high-caliber chefs and restauranteurs, so it’s no surprise there are options ranging from the renowned Jacala and Geraud’s Patisserie to food trucks and the relaxed Blanchards Beach Shack.
Your first foodie stop in Anguilla should be Hibernia, where the East meets the West Indies in an exquisite eatery perched above the charming fishing village of Island Harbour. Hibernia founders Mary-Pat and Raoul (pictured) have spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, and return annually for three months of sourcing cuisine inspiration and collectibles for the gallery that decorates the space – from silver jewelry and stone carvings to kimonos and paintings. Raoul hails from Spain, grew up in France and later moved to Ireland where he met Mary-Pat, and together they set off for the Caribbean.
Hibernia, which opened in 1987, represents their passion for world flavor. Must-taste dishes include crayfish, tenderly prepared out of shell and melt-in-your-mouth, and Tom Yam Pla (Thai-style spicy fish soup), perfect for those who like it hot. The homemade ice cream and sorbet selection will give your tastebuds one final twist with exotic flavors such as Kaffir Lime, Tamarind and Myanmar Jungle Honey. Their newly refreshed Balinese-style garden will ensure you linger long after your meal to enjoy the sea breeze. The magic is all in the detail at Hibernia.
The creative restaurateurs behind SandBar, Alicia and Darren Banks, are certainly ahead of the trend for 2015: mixing, matching and encouraging sharing with every plate. SandBar, a bayside tapas restaurant and bar, sits along the charming stretch of beach in Sandy Ground. Bikini-sized bites and small plates are always an attractive concept for those who want a taste of everything, and offer the chance to be a little more adventurous. Revel in a few favorites such as spicy tuna poke, zucchini carpaccio, arugula and watermelon salad, and zesty pulled-pork sliders. Sharing comes naturally when on vacation, so bring your most relaxed mood, choose from a list of umbrella-worthy libations, and leave it to Sandbar to serve up plenty of fun.
Viceroy is Anguilla’s prime spot for those looking for sophisticated finesse poised on the western edge of the island. Start the night off with a chic cocktail and unimpeded view of the sunset in the aptly named Sunset Lounge, featuring Kelly Wearstler-designed tables and a lavish marble backdrop. Afterwards, stroll across to Cobà, which features a bounty of fresh seafood and steak varieties. When you think steakhouse, a rich meal not suited to warm climates might come to mind, but Cobà hits the mark with its menu. Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez (pictured) has a sharp focus for ingredients, sourcing East Coast Oysters, Anguillian Crayfish, local micro greens, and a selection of generous cuts of meat, including a Wagyu Striploin.
For more exotic flavors, a new Moroccan-inspired lounge, Meze, is set to join the island’s culinary scene at the end of this month. From the acclaimed team at Veya, Chef Carrie Bogar and Jerry Bogar, comes a family-style concept with shareable platters and an inventive list of sangrias and tea-infused liquors. The space is stylishly decorated with rich textiles and leather poufs, while the menu struts a variety of options such as fresh baba ganoush, hummus, tabouleh, and pita bread as well as an array of Caribbean favorites such as johnny cakes, breadfruit chips, and saltfish. With a global-nomad ambiance, Meze is set to entice anyone looking to enjoy casual fare and live local tunes.
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