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It would be a stretch to describe the Bahamas‘ Harbour Island as a gastronomic hot spot — a well-known food critic of my acquaintance once remarked, “Lovely place, shame there’s nothing to eat” — but in fact it’s possible to dine agreeably at contrasting restaurants, which range in style from formal to sand-in-the-shoes casual. Most visitors seem equally at home with both simple and sophisticated, and even the owners of the gazillion-dollar yachts anchored out in the bay can be found at lunchtime eating conch salad off plastic plates, washed down with a local Kalik beer.
The most obvious choice for dinner in gracious and traditional surroundings is the Landing, a restaurant that is part of a 13-room hotel of the same name, housed by a colonial building with an atmospheric interior that is the work of well-known designer India Hicks. Located on Bay Street, overlooking the harbor, three minutes’ walk from Bahama House, the Landing is at the epicenter of the island’s social scene. Unsurprisingly, the menu emphasizes local fish and seafood; the cooking is enjoyable if not exactly stellar.
Tel. (242) 333-2707
Close by, in an elevated location, Rock House has a lovely airy dining room, with white tablecloths, hardwood chairs and a terrace that overlooks the harbor and the coast of North Eleuthera. In high season, the outdoor tables are probably the most sought-after on the island. Expect dishes like lobster curry with ginger, and grouper with lima beans and bok choy.
Tel. (305) 433-2024