International Cuisine Meets Local Flavor on Nassau Paradise Island
A Full Range of Superb Dining Options Offers Travelers Top-Notch Cuisine with Caribbean Flare
September 30, 2010 – With a culture as rich as that of The Bahamas, one can be sure that on Nassau Paradise Island there are culinary experiences to match. With the expertise of acclaimed Chefs Jean-George Vongerichten, Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa combined with unmistakable Bahamian dishes and flavors, Nassau Paradise Island provides a range of innovative cuisine that remains unrivaled in the Caribbean.
Venture into the heart of Nassau and travelers find the Caribbean’s only Five-star restaurant housed within Graycliff Hotel & Cigar Factory. An inspired fusion of Continental and Caribbean fare, Graycliff Restaurant boasts one of the most lavish dining rooms in the Islands, a dining terrace that overlooks lush tropical gardens, and an old-world drawing room for refined aperitifs and live music. For oenophiles, Graycliff’s wine cellar houses over 275,000 bottles to make it the third largest private collection in the world, ensuring epicureans will find an excellent pairing for the meal or an after-dinner cigar.
Travelers seeking the flavor of the Islands look no further than Marley Resort and Spa’s Simmer Down restaurant. Originally the vacation home of iconic musician Bob Marley, the property was transformed into a 16-suite resort with Simmer Down serving Marley’s favorite Bahamian dishes like Spicy Grilled Shrimp or Spicy Jerk Fish with Sweet Potato Polenta. Diners choose to feast on the inventive, award-winning Caribbean fare in the formal dining room or oceanside terrace while enjoying live entertainment several nights a week.
The bold flavors of the Southwest have made their way down to The Bahamas as well in form of famed Chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in The Cove Atlantis. Using Caribbean flavors and local ingredients, Flay puts a twist on his zesty Southwest cuisine to create dishes that are exclusive to The Cove like Cracked Conch Salad with Orange-Chipotle Vinaigrette and his take on a classic Bahamian meal—Black Eyed Peas and Rice. The seaside inspired space designed by renowned interior architect David Rockwell offers panoramic views of Paradise Island’s famed beaches.
A most popular item for diners in Nassau Paradise Island is, of course, seafood. And, one of the best places to enjoy traditional Bahamian seafood chowder or lobster Wellington is at the aptly named Aqua Restaurant. This relaxed gardenside restaurant in Nassau’s historic British Colonial Hilton underwent a full renovation in 2009 and has quickly become a lunchtime mainstay for locals and visitors alike, serving up surprisingly tasty dishes from land and sea in a tranquil, contemporary setting.
Another big name in seafood, but of the sushi variety, is the famed Nobu Matsuhisa, Chef and Owner of his eponymous restaurant Nobu with locations in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Known for both its lively scene and innovative Japanese cuisine, Nobu Paradise Island is tucked within Atlantis in a dramatic, soaring space that mixes traditional and modern Japanese elements. Patrons enjoy unforgettable Japanese dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi and Black Cod with Miso as well as a hidden sake cellar with private dining for 12, a large bar and lounge seating for cocktails and appetizers, and easy access to Atlantis’ equally-spirited Casino for post-dinner gaming.
A hallmark of excellence in luxury resorts, One&Only Ocean Club joined its culinary counterpart—Chef Jean-George Vongerichten—to create the beachfront Dune restaurant on Paradise Island. One of the most elegant and decadent fine dining experiences in the Caribbean, Dune offers a selection of dishes from Jean-George’s acclaimed New York City restaurants, each re-inspired with Bahamian flavors. Local ingredients and Dune’s on-site herb garden play prominently in signature offerings like Roasted Grouper with Aromates and Herb Mash and Local Lobster with Light Curry Sauce, Fried Plantains, and Bok Choy.
Be it local flare or world-class fare, Nassau Paradise Island’s array of restaurants capture the spirit of Caribbean cooking while satisfying even the most refined palate. By mixing regional influences with the native fare of its well-heeled travelers, the Island’s culinary smorgasbord becomes an expected gastronomic adventure second to none throughout the Caribbean.