Few amenities at luxury resorts warm the West Indian cockles of my heart quite like authentic flavors on the menu. A Johnnycake here or seafood curry there is usually enough to coax an easy sense of familiarity to the surface, but at Grill Rouge on Grace Bay Club they go a step further. Once a week they completely transform the entire menu into a Caribbean Beach Buffet. This is not the menu you would expect at a luxury resort, which only makes it that much sweeter.
Appetizers at Grill Rouge include Turks green papaya salad, a Jamaican pepper pot, and pickled escoviche yellowtail snapper. All delicious options, but it’s during the main course that my island food loving taste buds really get rewarded.
Stewed conch, Johnnycakes, curried mussels, sautéed red snapper, curried goat, spicy steamed oxtail, macaroni pie, red beans and rice, scotch bonnet chili with plantain mash—this menu could have been ripped from some a local’s secret haunt down the street! And that’s before even considering the whole fresh fish grilling up on beach barbecues.
To make the night even better, they move all the seating out onto the sands of Grace Bay Beach. Local West Indian food on one of the best beaches in the world as the sun sets serenely in the west—can you think of a better way to end the day?