Weekends at Le Bar

In good Friday fashion, we paid Didier & Veronique a pre-weekend visit yesterday afternoon (is there a better way to begin a weekend?)…

le bar on the beach

Down on Sandy Ground beach, the sun shines something special over Road Bay in the mid-afternoon, lighting up the still and peaceful sea.

A crisp glass of rose pairs perfectly with the sights of the sea and the French ambiance.

And then?…

“Le Veriunic” burger, the island’s very best, hand-made and infused with special Herbes de Provence. No matter how many times we ask, “What’s your secret, Veronique?” she never tells 😉
le bar's famous veriuniq burger

Equally outstanding is her lobster salad, prepared with homemade mayonnaise…

le bar's lobster salad

The options don’t end there at Le Bar.

In addition to their regular menu (a wide selection of salads, charcuterie plates and main dishes), they have a variety of daily specials, too. Friday’s included…

  • Beef Carpaccio with homemade French fries
    Filet Snapper seasoned with lemon, fennel, tomato and garlic

An excellent price with an unbeatable atmosphere, to make a reservation call: 264-498-3229


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Michelin-Starred Chefs, Jeremy Bearman and Robert Curry Delight at The Restaurant at Malliouhana

Just when you thought it was wasn’t possible, the five-star restaurant at Malliouhana has outdone themselves yet again.

This past Friday night Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman teamed up with Executive Chef of sister property Auberge du Soleil, Robert Curry.

A culinary celebration of Anguilla, it was a farm to table dinner that honored the hard work that goes into farming in Anguilla… the hard work that allows the island’s chefs to do what would otherwise be impossible: create outstanding cuisine with fresh ingredients.

The evening started as the sun began to sink low in the sky, out on the breezy terrace overlooking none other than Meads Bay.

Fresh watermelon and guava cocktails…

malliouhana cocktails at farm to table event

Along with a variety of canapés, including…

  • Pate foie blond
    Local conch beignets
    Crayfish and wakame tartlet
    Jerk spiced pork belly (between Johnny cakes!)
    Saltfish fritters
    Gaudaloupe melon topped with homemade burrata

malliouhana melon appetizer

This was just the beginning and the Chefs impressed right from the very start.

At twilight, beneath a bed of stars, Chefs Robert Curry and Jeremy Bearman set the stage, introducing the evening’s menu.

malliouhana chefs at farm to table event

To start, chilled pea soup with crayfish, pancetta, tarragon and a drizzle of rye with a watermelon and spiny lobster salad. Topped with yuzu, the Asian flavors gently complemented the fresh chunks of lobster.

malliouhana lobster salad and pea soup to start

And then, out came the Johnny cakes…

malliouhana fungi and johnny cakes

“No meal in Anguilla is complete without Johnny cakes, of course,” Chef Jeremy Bearman laughed as the fluffy cakes were placed on the immaculately set table.

What followed?

Lamb ribeye encrusted with Moroccan spices, served with a smoked tropical fruit chutney, all smoked in-house.

malliouhana merguez sausages

Homemade goat Merguez and a Greek yogurt-based salad, mixed with fresh cucumber, mint and sugar beans. The cool yogurt lent a refreshing contrast to the spicier Merguez.

Braised callaloo, combined with saltfish, onion and even spinach as a side dish.

Chef Robert Curry here remarked on the impressive spinach grown in Anguilla, the leaves of which are far bigger here on-island and sweeter, too.

Even fungi was on that evening’s menu. Sweet cornmeal on the inside, gently fried on the outside, it was unexpectedly and exceptionally light and crisp.

Finally, Anguilla’s national dish…

malliouhana crispy snapper

Snapper with rice and peas.

Always with a creative twist, the snapper was served crispy, with tomato, peppers and onions. The rice and peas? Mixed with local bok choy and kimchi, providing a hint of Asian inspiration to the dish.

The tremendous meal was accented by Sommelier, Mr. Albert Lake’s two beautiful 2013 Napa Valley wines.

  • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay
    Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

No attention to detail was spared in creating the final course of the night, dessert.

Moist and light, Tres Leches cake was bathed in a bush tea milk (a staple here in Anguilla), topped with coconut and served with a cocoa stick sorbet.

malliouhana tres lèches special dessert

Last, but certainly not least, a Rum Baba, filled with sweet banana cream and Pyrat rum, topped with local tropical fruits. It, too, had an accompanying sorbet, a chile sorbet.

malliouhana's rum baba

A beautiful showcase of precisely what the team at the Restaurant at Malliouhana is capable of, one thing is for sure…

The dining experience is second to none.

It was another night for the books at The Restaurant at Malliouhana. Many thanks to Chefs Jeremy Bearman and Robert Curry, Sommelier Albert Lake and the team that makes it all possible.

To make a reservation for dinner, call: 264-497-6111

Picnic Goodies From Fat Cat

It’s that time of the year in Anguilla…

Seas are still, sparkling a special shade of azure, you have beaches all to yourself, and it is the season of Anguilla’s national sport, boat racing, too!

With perfect conditions to laze the day away on the beach, and take in the boat races (the next boat race is Anguilla Day – tomorrow, June 1st, followed by all of the Carnival boat races in July/August), it’s a perfect time of the year for tranquil, beach picnics.

And, Fat Cat is a favorite for picnic goodies!…

fat-cat-salads

Salads of all kinds, including potato salad, chicken salad, veggie and/or shrimp pasta salad and coleslaw.

fat cat patty in anguilla

A plethora of perfectly-spiced patties, roti and quiches.

Moist sweet treats, including carrot cake and brownies.

fat cat carrot cake

… and much more!

A Fat Cat picnic is a tasty picnic, indeed :-)

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