First, the view: it is hard not to have a gorgeous view in St. Lucia, but this open air restaurant's vistas are breathtaking.
Their focus on chocolate is never gimmicky...I was initial afraid of that. Everything was not only delicious, but inventive. They started us with bread and three dips, one of chocolate and balsamic vinegar, a butter with cocoa nibs and a pesto of nuts. We were practically fighting over crumbs to dip when the waiter brought more bread.
My wife had the gaspacho, which was bright and flavorful. I had the fishroti, which was fine, but the fish was a bit dry and the whole a touch bland for my taste. The goat cheese salad my daughter had was nice, and the chocolate vinaigrette was a nice surprise without being cloying. My son had fish and chips, which was a bit dry, also ... the fish didn't hold up well to frying, but at least it was local, and the sides were great.
They have a battle of the rum punch, British vs. French, and I tried both. I suggest you do, too.
If my review doesn't sound glowing, perhaps I'm being too nitpicky; the sum is greater that the total of the parts. We enjoyed it immensely. This is definitely worth an excursion to dine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover plantation chic - luxury, well-being & stunning natural beauty. Situated high in the hills near Soufriere, set in rainforest & cocoa groves with stunning views of the Piton mountains. A daily transfer is provided for guests to a stunning nearby beach by Hotel Sea Launch. Guests can enjoy trail walks around the cocoa estate, cacao inspired treatments in the spa, relaxation in Club Boucan with its private infinity pool & the exclusive cacao cuisine at Boucan Restaurant & Bar, free laundry service, room additions and Tree to Bean tour. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat offer 2 types of accommodation, both with 4 poster beds, preloaded iPods & docking stations, complimentary wireless, a mini-bar & open sky rainforest showers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boucan By Hotel Chocolat St. Lucia/Soufriere