Gorgeous Scilly Cay is Back!
One of the most famous tourist places in Anguilla was Sandra and Eudoxie Wallace's restaurant and tropical playground on tiny Scilly Cay. We live less than a mile away and always meant to go out for lunch, but Hurricane Luis swept the little islet clean, except for one cabana with a concrete base. Eudoxie flew to Guyana, bought super-strong greenheart for rebuilding, and chartered a boat to bring it to Scilly Cay. They reopened in January 1996 for a special wedding party and have been back in business since.
You drive to Island Harbour and wave from the dock out to a tiny island just 150 yards away. The launch speeds over to carry you quickly to Scilly Cay. We went for lunch and snorkelling this summer and had a great time. The tropical fish are definitely back. We were so carried away that we swam all the way around the island, but I don't recommend it. The best reefs are right behind the restaurant- the long swim the rest of the way around to the sand is a lot of work and adds little to the viewing.
The menu at Scilly Cay is simple:
lobster, chicken, lobster and chicken, or lobster and crayfish. The portions
are large, the spices are delicious, and the presentation is
tropically elegant. Don't ask for a Pina Colada -- they don't have a blender
because there is no electricity (and no motor noise either!).
Service is incredible: the staff and owners great
you personally as you alight, ask your first names, and remember them.
And Dumpa entertained us (quietly) on the steel drums.
Prices are high, but worth it for a special treat -- we spent $104 for two
Popular for weddings and special outiings--people arrive by
from St. Martin.
I was pleasantly surprised. Only open from 11 AM to 5PM. Closed Mondays.
November 1998 Update:
Gorgeous Scilly Cay has roared back into operation before the tourist season is really even at a high pitch. On the weekend they now have a full crowd, with live music, crayfish, cool drinks, swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.
This year the owners Eudoxie and Sandra have have added a fish dish and salad to their simple, but elegant menu. Business is booming. They have live Caribbean music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
American Way magazine's Robb Walsh asked Robert Keller, Chef/Owner of
Fleur de Lys Restaurant, San Francisco, his favorite restaurant:
"One of my favorite restaurants in the world is on a tiny island in the Caribbean. The island and the restaurant are both named "Scilly Cay". You can catch a boat from Anguilla or St. Martin; it's a short ride. The best thing to get is the huge Caribbean lobster, which they split in half and cook on a barbeque pit. It's hard to keep Caribbean lobster tender, but they get it right every time. At lunch, you get a table, order your meal, and then go hang around on their beautiful little beach. You can even bring your snorkel gear if you want. When they have a band playing and the place really gets cooking."
Questions from a ReaderOur article on Scilly Cay generated the following questions from Brendon:
I will be visiting Anguilla between 20-27 October, 1997. And, I am very excited to visit Scilly Cay. However, I recently read a passage on the internet that Scilly Cay is only open on Saturday and Sunday only during the summer? Is this true? Could you please provide the days and hours of operation? How much the outing will cost for two? And, do I need to bring my own snorkeling gear or is it provided for me on the island? Finally, do you recommend that I make reservations?Yes, Scilly Cay, like many places in Anguilla, cuts back operations in September. They go back to full schedule on Wednesday, October 15th. They are open around 11am until 5pm, closed Monday. They don't stay open after dark except for special events, as Scilly Cay does not have electricity. You should budget about $100 for a couple if you plan to eat. If you are on a strict budget, you can just go over for a drink. Everyone will be just as gracious to you. You should bring your own snorkel gear. Reservations are not required, but are accepted for large parties.
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