•  Life on Nevis •  Nevis Travel Guides •  Restaurants • 19 May 2015
Don’t let the name fool you, Bananas are serious about their food, with a location to match. Nestled in the gardens above the Hamilton Estate, the restaurant provides both amazing views and flavors. Expect a warm welcome from the team whether you are there for a light lunch whilst touring the island, or a romantic dinner watching the spectacular sunset. The menu offers an array of cuisine from far flung destinations such as Morocco, Thailand and Greece, as well as a great selection of traditional dishes, often making the most of the delicious local seafood. The unpretentious service and fantastic food make Bananas a great choice.
The consistently popular Coconut Grove is widely regarded to be one of the best dining experiences on the island. Located on the beach, within a coconut palmary, it’s not only the sunsets you can look forward to here, but the sublime creations of Chef Stephen Smith. Chef Stephen expertly blends French and Caribbean cuisines, showcasing the best local ingredients in a huge variety of dishes including homemade pastas, Creole stews and French classics such as Soupe a L’Oignon.
The Coral Grill at the Four Seasons Resort offers patrons an elegant and refined setting. Large vaulted ceilings and beautiful furniture are combined with exceptional service for an ambiance that exudes luxury whilst avoiding pretension. Choose to sit inside, or take in the air on the veranda for stunning views. Enjoy a classic Nevisian jerk chicken, Wagyu beef carpaccio or the signature lobster.
Also worthy of note at the Four Seasons resort is Mango – slightly less formal and right on the waterfront, it is the ideal place to enjoy some alfresco dining with one of the best views on the island. Mango also boasts an extensive rum menu for connoisseurs of the Caribbean’s quintessential tipple.
Mill Privée at the Montpelier Plantation & Beach hotel provides an unforgettable private dining experience. With just a handful of tables hidden within a candlelit 300-year old sugar mill, it certainly provides intimacy and romance. The fixed price tasting menu regularly changes and consistently astounds, while the extensive wine choices help to make a meal here even more memorable.
Authentic Thai cuisine isn’t exactly what you would expect to find in the heart of Nevis’ Botanical Gardens, but the team at the Oasis have done a great job of bringing Southeast Asia to the Caribbean. The Oasis serves up traditionally prepared Thai curries and salads, and is ideal for a light lunch before or after exploring the gardens.
For a real slice of island cuisine and culture, there are few better places than Rodney’s. Offering unfussy recipes that have been handed down through the generations, Rodney Elliot is the matriarch of this establishment and usually on hand to give a big smile and warm welcome to tourists and locals alike. The inimitable Rodney truly makes this restaurant, not just through her wonderful recipes and charming disposition, but her passion for her island home, Nevis.
With such diversity in cuisines and establishments, Nevis has much to offer the diner with its fantastic food, stunning views and amiable hosts.