I was a big fan of Besos too. I understood that, after they moved out to Pristine Bay, their staff remained at Linga Longa, in West End at the Beach House right on the traffic circle. Right next to Sundowners. I guess that the ownership may have changed more than once, perhaps now returning to its original owner. But I;m just guessing; I'll find out for sure when I go next month. Anyway if it's still the same staff and still the same place, it's on a par with what Besos used to be: excellent cuisine, more continental than island, with white table cloths right on the beach. I too wear my best sandals there. With decent prices and such excellent food, I'm amazed the place is not more crowded.
We never went to Besos, so I can't do a direct comparison... but we're huge fans of Pisco y Nazca. We liked it in Coral Stone in Sandy Bay... more convenient to us - but the view sucked. It's new digs just south of the church on the water side in West End has a great sunset view from the deck. I think Peruvian food is interesting and somewhat elegant... we love the food and the prices are good.
I wouldn't be as excited if I had to eat in the indoor dining room, but we got there early and got the best table by the railing... and it seemed everybody who dined on our evening got to sit outdoors. Like dhauk's comment - I can't believe a restaurant this good had so few people dining. Add it to your list to try...
Are reservations necessary for most of the restaurants including Pisco Y Nazca?
The only reservation we've ever made was for Vintage Pearl some years back. But we like to go to dinner early so we can have a beer while the sun sets... many folks don't do dinner until later... Sometimes a reservation can be a good idea, especially if you want to request a particular table... and I'm told Frangiapani, the new upscalish restaurant in Sandy Bay / Mayoka Lodge requires reservations.
Even if you don't make a reservation, a call isn't a bad idea if you have access to a phone. Restaurants on the island are subject to unexplained closures with no warning. Sometimes it is something understandable, like a power outage or a kitchen fire. Other times it just goes unexplained. Four years ago Tongs was closed for two weeks and we didn't know why - turns out the owners needed some spices and ingredients and just decided to take a trip/vacation for several weeks - didn't tell anybody around them and didn't put a note on the door. So making a call or having a backup plan isn't a bad idea...
Too funny you guys, Dhauk if you wear your best sandals to Linga Longa it sounds like it fits the bill. I think I will wear my leopard patterned flip flops there. Sir Idiot...thank goodness that Roatan still has that undeveloped aspect to it...kitchen fires, power outages...oh yah we just left for two weeks...we shall certainly check out Pisco y Nazca as well....hmmm ...maybe my pink flip flops for there....and of course a silky application of Deet to complete the evening ensemble. Thanks so much for these suggestions.
Mmmm "Eau de DEET" sorry I'm gonna miss that! lol Have fun Sparky.
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