Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dinner at Bimini Road

Mr. Hunter's family stayed at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.  I suppose it shouldn't have been a big surprise that the Atlantis dinners were so expensive, but we were also struck by the relatively small selection of places to eat and by the seeming lack of Bahamian dishes at many of the places.  

One restaurant that did offer some Bahamian food was Bimini Road, located in the small Marina Village that's part of the Atlantis property.  Our first meal at Bimini Road was a mixed bag.  It started with a dish of banana chips (yum), and then for an appetizer we ordered conch fritters.  

Conch (pronounced "konk") is a classic Bahamian food ingredient (anybody remember that episode of Top Chef: All-Stars when the finalists had to snorkel for conch?), and on menus with Bahamian food, you're likely to see mention of conch fritters, conch salad, conch chowder, and more.  

The all-powerful conch fritter.

A couple of us ordered something called the Junkanoo Chicken Salad for our entrees.  The chicken in question was described as having jerk seasoning, but we were sad to find out that this particular jerk seasoning was... well, for us, it was inedible.  But we did return to Bimini Road later in the trip (did I mention that there weren't many nearby restaurants to choose from?), and on that later visit, more of us had satisfactory meals.  So Bimini Road is no Jamie's Italian, but they do serve some worthwhile dishes.

Mr. Hunter is afraid that he cannot recommend
the Junkanoo Chicken Salad.

A burger that had a big scoop of pulled pork on top of it.

Bimini Road Restaurant
Marina Village, Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas
July 2012

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