Combining French gourmet with local flavors, this café's menu provides creative dishes that all the natives love. A recreation of the former Cafe Martinique, made famous by its appearance in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball," this luxurious eatery features a wrought iron birdcage elevator, a grand mahogany staircase and exquisite glass windows, creating an elegant atmosphere that perfectly complements masterful dishes like black pepper crab dumplings, Nassau grouper and roasted lobster with basil butter.
Although still a popular carry-out spot, following a recent renovation, this little bistro tucked away on Shirley Street now accommodates dine-in patrons with cool air conditioning. The menu varies from Bahamian dishes, classic American sandwiches, soups, croissants, and a variety of other lunch choices. It is a perfect place if you want a nice lunch but don't want to go out to eat!
Local Expert tip: The menu changes daily, so hop on their e-mail list to see what's new.
Blue Caviar Le Restaurant is a contemporary French restaurant located outside the gates of Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay. Try one of their specialty cocktails or glass of wine from the extensive international wine, and enjoy tapas like fresh tomato and garlic bruschetta or grilled lamb. Lunch and dinner items include spicy penne arrabiatta and steak frites.
Local Expert tip: Be aware that they are closed on Sundays.
Regarded as the best restaurant on New Providence, if not in the Caribbean, Graycliff also happens to have one of the world's top wine cellars. Offering some 250,000 bottles – from an 1865 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild Premier Grand Cru Classe to a 2001 Niebaum-Coppola merlot – the cellar has it all, in every price range. Graycliff is also known for its 90-some varieties of cigars, many of which are hand-rolled on the premises by Cuban ex-pats. The food, expectedly, is crafted with the finest ingredients: beluga caviar, foie gras, truffles, lobster, Certified Angus beef, milk-fed veal, imported Parma ham, and fresh seafood. Reservations are essential.
Local Expert tip: Make your trip to the Graycliff estate an all day affair. The property has a spa and offers cigar rolling lessons.
Brussels Bistro is a quaint establishment whose linen tablecloths, dark wood paneling and cozy bar evoke the old-world charm of an authentic bistro. Menu musts include rich onion soup with freshly baked French bread, chicken and mushroom puff pastry with cream sauce, and fresh steamed mussels in a wine broth, the bistro's specialty. Belgian beer, French wine and decadent desserts complete this unforgettable culinary experience.
Visitors who seek delectable French cuisine love this restaurant's award-winning dishes, all elegantly presented on candlelit tables amidst striking bay windows and Art Nouveau decor. The breakfast menu boasts mouthwatering morning favorites served with champagne and caviar service, while the dinner menu features such delights as grilled honey duck breast with chanterelles and port wine sauce and sauteed sea scallops with a Chablis cream sauce and shitake mushrooms baked in a puff pastry.