Over the years, Meads Bay has become a Caribbean dining destination. The beach is known for its wide collection of top tier beachfront restaurants that attract the most discerning travelers and gourmands.
Set over sparkling-white sands that give way to dazzling diamond-like seas, Bamboo Bar & Grill has long been a favorite for crisp cocktails and long, leisurely lunches.
Four Seasons Anguilla, Meads Bay
Today, Four Seasons Anguilla's enhancements move it into firm "best of beach" contention. Ambiance, layout and menu have all been taken to new heights.
Step inside Four Seasons Anguilla's upscale Caribbean beach bar.
One is immediately struck by Bamboo Bar & Grill's openness to the beach.
Welcome to Bamboo Bar & Grill
Its spacious terrace expands over the sands of Meads Bay. Views stretch down the long sweep of white-sand beach.
Sweep of Meads Bay Beach
And what a remarkable and variable view it is!
A beach with a jetset buzz, Meads Bay always puts on a show. You may find yourself watching some of the world's most famous mega yachts as they in turn watch you. "A", Eclipse and Yalla are all regulars.
Mega Yacht "A" on Meads
On another day powerful waves may pound Meads mercilessly.
Surfing Meads Bay, Anguilla
And on the very next day you may find yourself hypnotized by a million points of light shimmering in fifty shades of calm blue water.
Serene Meads Bay
Meads never fails to wow.
Bamboo's corner of Meads Bay is one of the beach's best. Tucked on the western end, this cove is ripe with excellent snorkeling on calm days. When Mother Nature stirs, it transforms into a surfer's paradise.
Set back from the outdoor deck is the restaurant's covered dining space and bar, surrounded by swaying palms and manicured gardens.
Inside Bamboo Bar & Grill
Dressed in woods and lined with bamboo accents, the feeling is markedly tropical.
The long, elegant marble bar offsets the use of warm wood.
It lends a polished and upscale feel to the beachside eatery.
At Bamboo Bar & Grill, the balance of "laid-back" and luxury is well struck.
Fancy a couple of hours of sports with drinks and friends? The bar features two flatscreen TVs.
The whole covered dining space opens onto the open air deck. Out on the terrace, crisp white umbrellas provide shade while you take a "front row seat" on Meads Bay beach.
Let's settle in...
... with an "AXA" Drink with a View
Chef Darren Connor is a respected name in Anguilla. Famous for his many gold medal wins at Miami's prestigious culinary competition, Taste of the Caribbean, he is the island's true, homegrown "MVP."
Meet Chef Darren Connor
It is no surprise to see this man of many accolades join Four Seasons. Today, he heads up the culinary team at the widely-loved Bamboo Bar & Grill.
A man with experience, skill and a whole lot of passion, your taste buds are in for a treat with Chef Darren.
What's on Chef's menu?...
Long, leisurely lunches done "Anguilla-style" begin at the cocktail menu. The Jalapeño Margarita is Four Seasons' signature beverage. Fresh jalapeño is diced and added to the tequila-based drink.
Sip slowwwwly. Each sip delivers a uniquely special kick.
Four Seasons' Jalapeño Margarita & Rum Punch
Beach fare is the order of the day at Bamboo. The menu starts with a selection of "to share" dips including the herbed feta dip and 5 ingredient guacamole.
Herbed Feta Dip
The star of the show is the herbed feta dip with mint, dill and parsley. Savory feta is complemented perfectly by the mint and dill. Each bite is refreshing and rich.
Next on Bamboo's menu are a number of appetizers, including what is arguably the best crispy calamari on-island and a unique salad with a crunch...
An explosion of healthy ingredients, kale, local greens, moringa, avocado, mango and purple cabbage are all tossed together with a light passionfruit vinaigrette. The salad is peppered with quinoa and pumpkin seeds, which gives the salad a satisfying crunch. Skirt steak, shrimp, blackened mahi mahi, snapper and jerk chicken breast can be added.
There is no compromising on taste, flavor and satisfaction when dining healthy at Bamboo!
At this point you are likely to notice that the service is another area that Four Seasons gets right. Fast and friendly, they anticipate without hovering.
Moving on to the main plates, your choice includes a variety of pizzas (the lobster pizza with capers and olives is our favorite), Caribbean BBQ mains (including spiny lobster - which pairs best with an order of piping hot Johnny cakes!) and...
The Steak Sandwich
Skirt steak is grilled to perfection, "a medium rare," Chef explained, "so it gently breaks apart." Layered with arugula, fresh tomato, melted with Swiss cheese, topped with dijon mustard and a fried egg, the mammoth sandwich is carefully assembled in a ciabatta roll.
True to Chef's words, the tender steak effortlessly breaks apart as you bite in, the Swiss cheese its perfect complement. The tangy Dijon and the pillowy-soft bread beckon you to take bite after bite.
A true work of art!
With a vastly improved setting, efficient service and an outstanding menu, Bamboo Bar & Grill is challenging to be your favorite spot on the beach. Bamboo Bar & Grill brings a sumptuous beach bite to Meads Bay, living up to Four Seasons' world-class standard.
Directions: Located on Meads Bay at Four Seasons Anguilla. Park inside Four Seasons' visitor parking and take the road on the right (away from the main hotel and lobby). Follow that road and follow the signs to Meads Bay.
Hours: Lunch & dinner daily.
Menu: Bamboo Bar & Grill menu