Eating local is a relatively new concept in American dining. In The Bahamas, it’s a way of life! No pastime is as dear to the heart of the Bahamian as eating. In the islands of The Bahamas, no gathering is ever complete without a meal. It might be fairer to say that the event is often planned around the meal.
If you are a lover of seafood, you will feel right at home in The Bahamas. We have a selection of freshly made seafood that will tantalize your taste buds. Conch, our local dish, can be prepared in a myriad of ways. Just like the British are creative with potatoes, so are we with conch. You will find conch fritters, crack conch, conch salad, scorch conch and the list goes on. Lobster, crawfish, grouper, and grunt is another selection of seafood available. However, if you prefer more traditional foods, European or American cuisine, there are a number of restaurants around the islands that will equally satisfy you. Rest assured that you will enjoy the food wherever you go in The Bahamas and will be coming back for more.
No discussion of eating in the islands would be complete without a mention of ‘duff’, particularly ‘guava duff’. The non-Bahamian can hardly understand how a fruit-filled, boiled jelly roll/ pudding, served with butter, sugar, egg and rum sauce, can excite passion in the human heart.
If visiting Nassau, why not combine your love of food with a historical walking and food tour? The Tru Bahamian Food Tour will take you around the historical site of Nassau, while enjoying the best in local Bahamian cuisine.
Here’s a look at some of our top five restaurant/dining options, in no particular order.
Cafe Matisse, Nassau – This chick Italian restaurant, opened its doors in 1996. Centrally located off Bay Street, this restaurant boasts a varied and delectable menu with an extensive wine list; www.cafe-matisse.com.
Sip Sip, Harbour Island – located on idyllic Harbour Island, supports local Bahamian businesses and farmers. The menu showcases the diversity in Bahamian cuisine. The restaurant will open a second location at The Cove, Atlantis in 2018; www.sipsiprestaurant.com.
Bahamian Cookin’ Restaurant and Bar, Nassau – Nassau’s oldest and only Bahamian Restaurant, located off Market Street. Serving authentic Bahamian cuisine, it delivers the true taste of the islands; www.bahacmiancookin.com
Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant, Nassau – epitomises the true essence of fine dining. Set in historic grounds dating as far back as the 1700’s, this restaurant is known for catering to the rich and famous. The menu boasts one of the best on the island with many signature dishes; www.graycliff.com
The Poop Deck, Nassau – located on both east and west bay street Nassau, Poop Deck serves an international menu, with a Bahamian flavour. Overlooking the water, it creates an atmosphere of love and romance, or for those just wanting to relax and unwind; www.thepoopdeck.com