At TT we consider it our duty to inform you of the best that Saint Lucia has to offer and to alert you to venues that might not be visible from the road. L’Epicure restaurant at Royal St. Lucia Resort & Spa in Rodney Bay is one such gem.
While strolling along Reduit beach you may have admired L’Epicure restaurant, with its beachside setting, and wondered whether it is open only to resort guests. The good news is that Royal welcomes non-residents to all of its bars and restaurants.
L’Epicure is the most elegant seafront dining experience in Rodney Bay. Open air, but with a roof to protect against sun and showers, it offers a beautiful view of Pigeon Island across the waters of Rodney Bay. Courteous staff greet you and escort you through to your table. Spacious (so no cramped seating arrangements), and with polished glass and silverware, you know you are in for a memorable evening even before you examine the menu.
The menu, designed by Executive Chef Eike Lauff, has a strong emphasis on Creole cuisine and the use of local produce. There are two barbecue buffets each week; other evenings offer a dinner special (see far right) in addition to the a la carte menu.
There are only four starters on the menu but there was a pleasant surprise: before the chosen courses, the restaurant presented a complimentary soup; on the night that TT attended it was plaintain chowder with warm bread. An excellent start to dinner! Still, we could not resist an appetizer. Our verdict on the shrimp cocktail is that not only was presentation beautiful (and generous), but the accompanying spiced coconut sauce was a touch of Caribbean paradise. Lime sorbet then cleansed the palate for the next course.
L’Epicure offers a superb selection of main plates including five dishes of local fish and seafood, plus options of chicken breast, pork cutlet and Angus sirloin beef pepperpot. TT can vouch for the superb quality and presentation.
For vegetarians there is ground provision pie with cashew gratin, creamed spinach, sautéed black bean and the option of a fried egg. The inclusion of organic greens and local vegetables is commendable.
The atmosphere at L’Epicure encourages diners to relax and enjoy the warm evening and company of friends, even the live music from the nearby bar. No hurry; no worry. After a pause and some wine, TT found room for dessert. The server explained the day’s freshly made choices and we plumped for the mango upside-down cake. We didn’t really have room left but it was worth the effort (and extra exercise the next day) to eat every morsel of this sweet, tropical delight.
In summary, L’Epicure is an excellent restaurant in a picturesque setting, with delicious and beautifully presented food and attentive service.
L’Epicure Daily Themed Dinner Specials
Certified Angus Beef
Local Fisherman’s Catch
Salsa Night Paella Special
Certified Angus Beef
Traditional Italian Pasta
The resort requests that attire be in keeping with the smart-casual atmosphere of L’Epicure. Men are asked to wear collared shirts (short-sleeved is acceptable) and long trousers for dinner.
Tel. (758) 457 3131
Open for dinner 6pm – 10.30pm
The restaurant and adjoining terrace area are available for private dinners and receptions.
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