Mr Silver and I loved the food at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort so much that I wanted to dedicate a whole post to telling you about some of the amazing meals that we had there. The great thing about the resort is that there really is something for everyone and that was reflected very much in the food on offer.
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Mr Silver and I loved browsing the buffet at the Terrace restaurant and then enjoying smoked salmon, fresh fruit, toast and traditional cocoa tea with a view of the hotels lily pond.
I much prefer buffets when they’re small and carefully selected like this one and once you’d made your choice from the cold selection, you could also order à la carte. There was the option of a traditional Creole breakfast or classics such as omelettes, pancakes and waffles plus a whole range of smoothies. The only thing I would say was service was a little slow at breakfast and the staff were less smiley than at some of the other restaurants but the beautiful view more than made up for it.
Our favourite restaurant was Bayside Restaurant which was located right on the beach so you could watch the waves crashing on the glorious white sands of Sugar Beach as you ate your lunch.
We ate there for lunch nearly everyday as we loved the casual selection of food which was fairly simple but prepared beautifully.
Highlights were the tuna tartare with crispy rice cakes.
Spicy chicken wings.
A local style fish wrap which was slightly different to the roti as it contained salad, pesto and beetroot rather than potatoes. The wrap was also available with chicken, beef, vegetables, shrimp and lobster.
My fish kebab with spicy sauce and rice.
And Mr S’s epic Bayside burger. Gluten-free foodies will be happy to learn that the menu was very clearly marked with options for them, as were the vegetarian selections. For a more casual lunch with your feet in the sand Bayside Bar offers a slightly edited version of the restaurant menu and here you can have a few tapas nibbles before sleeping of your lunch in a hammock with a cocktail close by.
We loved Bayside Restaurant so much that we went there one night for dinner too…
With highlights such at the St Lucia pizza topped with a tonne of seafood and baked in the wood-fired oven.
And Zarzuela, a delicious seafood stew encompassing mahi mahi, mussels, calamari, prawns, scallops and prosciutto. Desserts were also delicious such as Grandmother’s chocolate cake.
Which was paired with organic banana sorbet and strawberry coulis.
And the lighter option of exotic fruit pie with Greek yogurt mousse and Pabana sorbet. There are a few options for meal plans at Sugar Beach including breakfast only, breakfast and dinner with no drinks or all inclusive. All inclusive encompasses breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, wines, cocktails and spirits though some items on the menus weren’t included on the plan. I chose not to have the all-inclusive plan as we were already all-inclusive at Jade Mountain and I wanted to try other local restaurants outside of the hotel while we were in St Lucia.
One night when we fancied something really light and casual we went to the Cane Bar which serves an Asian inspired menu that still makes use of local Caribbean ingredients.
We loved the food here with the relaxed ambience we could just sit on the sofa eating our sushi. Highlights included:
Salmon wraps served in a generous portion size.
This gorgeous tuna sashimi presented in the shape of a rose.
Steaming shrimp gyoza.
And tempura shrimp. We had some delicious sushi rolls, but I didn’t get a decent photo of them. The Cane Bar was the perfect place for a light dinner, or a few appetisers before going down for a main course or a dessert at Bayside.
You’re probably getting very hungry whilst reading this post but you can get something to eat in a minute, I just want to tell you about our dinner experience in The Great Room, the hotel’s fine dining option. Head chef, Jacques Chretien, cooks French cuisine but is passionate about local ingredients and works closely with local farmers. Unlike the other restaurants there is a more silver service, formalised dining experience which is perfect for a special night if you’re at Sugar Beach celebrating a birthday or an anniversary.
Got to love pretzel bread!
And the cute selection of canapés including a mini burger.
Sea scallops were served with truffle celery root remoulade, truffle coulis and celery veloute. I love scallops especially fat juicy ones like this and the creamy sauce was absolutely perfect.
Crispy egg with wild mushroom duxelle, porcini emulsion and truffle cappuccino was delicious and I loved the earthy mushroomy flavours. Plus, to be honest it was great to have some European food and take a break from the super spicy Caribbean flavours. Also the setting was beautifully ambient with flickering candles and fresh flowers out on the terrace, it reminded me of our romantic meal at Ellerman House earlier in the year.
Mr Silver chose the oven roasted bass with truffle risotto and organic vegetable veloute. It was a delicious option that combined comfort food and haute cuisine though I have to say I found the food a little creamy and heavy considering the hot weather.
My pan-seared grouper wasn’t quite so heavy and it was served with a delicious crisp calamari and sea urchin. The plate of fish was then topped with a bouillabaisse sauce which combined all the ingredients beautifully.
Feeling in the mood for something light and fruity I chose a dessert called The Tropical Spirit of St Lucia which was a refreshing combination of mango, passion fruit, oatmeal crunch and honey-lime sauce.
Mr S went for a Napoleon; mixed berries millefeuille with raspberry, crispy puff pastry and vanilla cream. I loved the beautiful plating and the circular patterns of the berries and the coulis.
Every night when we went back to the room there was a different sweet treat left on our pillow, including this macaron selection one time. I just loved the thoughtful little extras here.
Now you’re probably wondering whether I think it’s worth going for the all-inclusive plan. Well our food and drink bill came to much less than the all-inclusive supplement but bear in mind we did have a complimentary meal at the Great Room, we ate out of the hotel a few times and you need to factor in the cost of taxis if you leave the hotel. So in sum it was about the same, and choosing the all-inclusive plan really depends on how much you want to eat and drink.
Anyway, I hope I’ve shown you that Sugar Beach truly does offers food that suits every taste and occasion.
Our meal at The Great Room and our breakfasts were complimentary but all other food expenses we covered ourselves.