This restaurant, at the Discovery at Marigot Bay is a great place for lunch. The covered-dock location is casual, with colorful tablecloths, stuffed toy parrots hanging from the ceiling, strings of tiny lights and quirky signs with messages like “The Queen does not Cook”. Ignore the Caesar salads and burgers—clearly for the less intrepid—and order from the short but tasty selection of Indian-Creole fare. Fish rôti, the West Indian version of a burrito with a tortilla-like wrap made from chickpea flour, came with potatoes, eggplant and snapper in curry-coconut sauce. With its perfect crispy skin, the chicken Creole—served with steaming yellow rice and grilled sweet plantains—reminded me of a French confit. The restaurant, run by native St. Lucian Doreen Rambally, is a popular nightspot as well, with live music on some evenings.
A tip from Stephanie Pliakes who recently vacationed on St. Lucia with her husband, Harry:
“Debbie’s (near the airport) serves home-cooked food with around ten small bowls of side dishes (from fish cakes to fried plantains) accompanying each main course.”
Friday Fish Fry
The next time I’m on St. Lucia, I plan to attend one of the Fish Fries, a Friday-night event that takes place in Anse-La-Raye and Gros Islet (the one in southern fishing village Anse-La-Raye sounds more congenial than the bigger one on Gros Islet). At these popular street parties, locals and tourists crowd around stalls selling fresh home-cooked seafood (most of it grilled, not fried). There’s music and dancing, a celebration that lasts well into the night.
The Coal Pot Restaurant
Though I didn’t get to Coal Pot on my last visit, it was highly recommended by several island insiders. The waterfront restaurant, an island institution for four decades (the daughter of the original owners runs it), overlooks Vigie Cove. French-born chef Xavier Ribot, who has lived on St. Lucia for more than a decade, changes the menu almost daily, depending on the seafood catches.