St Kitts And Nevis Food and Drink

St Kitts and Nevis has built an excellent reputation for cuisine in recent years. Chefs on the islands guard local recipes zealously, but as well as Creole and West Indian fare, they also specialise in Chinese, Western and Indian dishes.

Nevis’ restaurant scene is less highfaluting than that of St Kitts – Charlestown's restaurants cater more for Nevisians than visitors. On both islands, many of the most sophisticated restaurants are associated with hotels or resorts, such as the Royal Palm Restaurant at Ottley’s Plantation (tel: 869 465 7234; www.ottleys.com) in St. Kitts.

At the other end of the spectrum are cheap and cheerful eateries such as the Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach, St Kitts (tel: 869 762 5050; www.reggaebeachbar.com), which has a popular lobster fest on Friday nights.

The Hermitage, Nevis (tel: 869 469 3477; www.hermitagenevis.com) is the place to go for local food; Coconut Grove, Nevis (tel: 869 469 1020; www.coconutgrovenevis.com) offers sophisticated French cuisine and an extensive wine list on the beach; and Bananas, Nevis (tel: 869 469 1891; www.bananasrestaurantnevis.com) lures diners with its specialty drinks and international cuisine.

Fresh fruit is ubiquitous on both islands. Colourful stalls can be found in markets and along beach promenades, selling mangoes, papayas, bananas and much more. A wide range of imported drinks are also available, not to mention a potent local liquor known as CSR (a spirit made from sugar cane).

Specialities

• Rock lobster
• Goat water stew (goat, breadfruit, papaya, and dumplings in a tomato-based stock)
• Crab back
Roti (thin pastry filled with curried potatoes, chickpeas and beef, chicken, goat, shrimp or vegetables)
Pelau (rice, pigeon peas and meat, similar to paella)
• Conch (curried, soused or in salad)

Tipping

In restaurants, leave 10 to 15%.

Regional drinks

Carib, Stag and Skol beers are brewed in St Kitts
CSR (a potent cane spirit)
Belmont Estate and Brinley Gold are two local rums

Drinking age

18

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