St Lucia Food Report: Part 2 – Where to eat
Part 2 of our St Lucia Local Food Report see’s us visit more delicious local spots across the island.
The Pink Plantation House – The Morne, Castries – This beautiful historic plantation house located at the edge of Castries just past La Toc was a lovely discovery. It’s a privately owned building with a restaurant, gift shop and gardens for the public to view. Local artist Michelle Elliot designs and produces hand painted ceramics, silk screen fabrics and paintings from the studio downstairs. We were able to get a tour of the house and gardens before we sat down to eat in their beautiful restaurant which overlooked Castries. This was one of my favourite places to eat in St Lucia – beautiful scenery, stunning views, fantastic local craft available to buy and most importantly, superb food.
Petit Peak Restaurant – Soufriere – We asked some local residents for a good spot to eat in Soufriere whilst visiting the famous Pitons and we where recommend this place located on the sea front in the heart of Soufriere. They served the usual beach lunch dishes but also a great selection of local rotis with fish, chicken, beef or vegetable fillings.
The Cane Juice Man – Gros Ilet main road – We could not drive past this guy without stopping to buy some freshly squeezed cane juice. He’s open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm serving up refreshing cane juice from his van. Very popular with the locals.
Rodney Bay Marina Food Stall – Rodney Bay – We found this great little food stall in the marina selling homemade Dhal (which is usually chick pea or split pea in a curry sauce wrapped in dough and fried) it’s delicious! The stall also had fresh fruit and vegetables, fudge, guava cheese and drinks for local marina tourists.
Gros Ilet Streetfood Stall – Gros Ilet – This stall is located next to Prudee’s Roti shop and it’s open Friday to Sunday (get there early as everything goes!) Again, it’s very popular with the locals, great quality food and great prices. Prices start from $8EC up to $20EC.
Marjories Restaurant & Bar – Cap Estate – Marjories was not very far from where we stayed in the north of the island located on Cas En Bas beach. It’s a very secluded area, beautiful scenery with many private homes and holiday villas. Marjorie often sits in her chair by the bar greeting customers as they come in, very friendly and a great character! The set menu consists of traditional favourites such as jerk chicken and red snapper. You need to phone up and book for dinner which will cost around $50EC per head. You must try the rum punch! I did and there was more rum than punch 🙂 Look out for the random space rocket debris displayed!
Private beach BBQ – Cas En Bas Beach, Cap Estate – Whilst walking around Cas En Bas beach we stumbled across a group of off-work locals relaxing drinking and BBQing fish they caught on an old make-shift wheel BBQ. Bob Marley tunes were playing in the background, cold beers and the sunset – a perfect evening of food.
Gros Ilet Fish Friday Street Party – Gros Ilet – Whilst in St Lucia you must visit a Fish Friday event. They occur in Gros Ilet, Dennery (east coast) and Anse La Raye (North West). A variety of streetfood pop up selling some great local food. I’d be selective and walk around the whole event to find the best stall for you. Try to choose food that is kept warm as some dishes tended to be slightly cold if left open. Whilst enjoying the food, you can also purchase local craft and of course there are lots of bars to get your rum cocktails or Piton beer!
Menus from around the island
Markets and Traders – You must visit Castries market to see the best produce on the island. The best day to go is Saturday. Traders are open from 7am until lunchtime. This is the best place to get cheap holiday gifts without paying the earth such as spice kits, craft etc. Where ever you go on the island, you will find somebody selling food or gifts by the side of the road. Try to avoid the mass market produced items and seek out the real artists and craft makers who are located usually on the main roads around the island.
If you’d like a taste of St Lucia, come along to our St Lucia Supper Club event on Saturday 23rd May 2015. Tickets cost £31.50 inc booking fee, Erdington, Birmingham Area, only 16 tickets available. Clickhere for more info or check out the menu below and click image to book.