Luckily, these five great restaurants deliver the goods to private jet chartering gourmands:
French haute cuisine is the focus of this Road Town restaurant, which also has a wine bar and doubles as a jazz club at night. Step inside the antique-filled gingerbread cottage, dating to 1912, for Chef Travis Phillips’ fine preparations using fresh local ingredients as well as delicacies flown in from all over the world. Come for the champagne happy hour (5-7 pm, Tues-Sat) for $3 champagne cocktails — an unexpected tropical treat under the shade of a mango tree!
The Sugar Mill
How’s this for romantic? Cocktails at a bar with great views of Apple Bay and the Caribbean, followed by dinner in a restored, candlelit, 300-year-old sugar mill on the grounds of the Sugar Mill Hotel. A favorite “special occasion” restaurant on Tortola, the Sugar Mill features an a la carte menu that changes each night but typically features a variety of fresh seafood, meat, vegetarian, and pasta dishes. The curried banana soup is a great starter that got the restaurant featured in Bon Appetit magazine.
Peer down on Sir Francis Drake Channel from this open-walled restaurant located on the site of an old British fort, which may have the best views on Tortola. You’ll dine on Tuscan specialties prepared by chef and owner Davide Pugliese, a native of Italy, who changes the menu so frequently that it’s simply written on a dry-erase board. You’ll never get bored of the food or the scenery from the beautiful garden terrace.
Capriccio de Mare
The most authentic Italian cafe on Tortola was also the creation of Brandywine Bay’s Davide Pugliese and his wife, Cele. It’s a more casual setting, but still a beauty on the Road Town waterfront, and the food quality is wonderful whether you’re dropping in for an Italian pastry for breakfast, espresso at lunchtime, or pasta, pizza, or sandwiches — perhaps accompanied by Venetian-style bellinis — for dinner.
The Bananakeet Cafe
This little restaurant with the funny name doesn’t just serve great food — it also is renowned for having the sweetest sunsets on Tortola. Bartenders serve up free shots as the sun sinks over the horizon each day, whetting your appetite for the Euro-Caribbean fusion cuisine on the menu. After the long, winding drive up to the Heritage Inn in Carrot Bay, you’ll want to stay a while; fortunately, you’ll feel welcome to linger at this laid-back restaurant where every meal is made to order. If you can’t make it for sunset, check out the poolside Sunday brunch.
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