Dinner at Nisbet Plantation

Dinner at Nisbet Plantation Great House

Nevis is a seriously romantic place. Lush and exotic tropical surroundings, charming plantation inns, warm smiles… Yeah, St Kitts’ sister island can have a profound effect on even the most boorish of blessed unions. I know from experience. The whole purpose of the Nevis escape that the wife and I enjoyed in 2010 was for me to make up for missing our 10th wedding anniversary. Hiking The Source trail went a long way toward mending the marital fences. To get all the way back into the wife’s good graces, though, nothing less than a Nisbet Plantation dinner would do.

Originally built in 1778, the Great House at Nisbet Plantation has long been celebrated as one of the finest restaurants anywhere in the Caribbean. From our experience there I can tell you that its reputation is well-deserved.

Old School Elegance

From the moment you walk in the door, it’s clear: you’re in a truly special place. Everywhere you look, a rich mix of furniture – mahogany, wicker, and colorful fabrics – combines with stark white wood beams and framing and various plantation-era artifacts to transport you back in time.

The sitting area extends from the bar at one end of the building, around the front, and clear across to the other side. Multiple nooks for visiting with other guests (or hiding from them) extend throughout.

Whimsical lamps reflecting Nevis’ famous monkeys, palm trees, and pineapples are all dimmed just so.

Historic wall hangings, including a photo of King Charles strolling down Nisbet’s grand Avenue of the Palms, give credence to the restaurant’s heritage.

The dining area is exactly what you’d expect from such an exclusive place. White linens, fine china, and most importantly, attentive, friendly service.

The Nisbet Plantation Dinner Service Difference

Personally, I don’t really care how many gold-plated somethings comprise the table setting. When it comes to a luxury dining experience, to me, it’s all about the service. In this area, The Great House at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club excels.

All of the servers knew the guests by name and greeted them warmly. What’s more, the servers all expressed sincere interest in how everyone was enjoying the property and the island.

I noted, in particular, that a young couple we met from the UK were treated more like family than hotel guests. Turns out the husband’s parents had visited Nisbet several times in the past. I’m not sure, though, if the server knew that simply by looking at the guy’s face and noting his name. Either way, their interaction was genuine and wonderful to see.

Also wonderful to see (and eat): the food.

Our Dream Dinner at Nisbet Plantation

We started with the Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin. Nice flavor with baby greens, caper peppercorn, and parmesan crisps.

Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin/SBPR
Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin/SBPR

Next up, this amazing and somewhat spicy Island Conch and Dumpling Soup. This was my favorite with just the right amount of fire!

Conch & Dumpling Soup/SBPR
Conch & Dumpling Soup/SBPR

For the entree, I went with the Crushed Roasted Plantain Filled Pork Loin Roast, Dasheen Lyonnaise, and Mango Sweet Chili Glaze.

Crushed Roasted Plantain Filled Pork Loin Roast/SBPR
Crushed Roasted Plantain Filled Pork Loin Roast/SBPR

And what fancy romantic dinner would be complete without dessert! This is called the Chocolate and Almond Decadence. Paired with pistachio ice cream, the name really fits.

Mmmm, Chocolate Decadence/SBPR
Mmmm, Chocolate Decadence/SBPR

Of course, we shared it all, along with some nice wine, capping the perfect romantic Caribbean escape.

The beer and hot wings I’m sitting down with now to watch Monday Night Football are nice, but I’m REALLY missing The Great House right about now.

Thankfully, though, I’m not missing my wife!

Can’t promise I won’t miss another anniversary (I do work in the travel biz, after all), but if I do, at least I know where to go to make things right.

Last updated by Steve Bennett on .

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