E's Oven has some of the tastiest West Indian food on the island. Special Tip: Their roast chicken is succulent, one of the best we've ever had!
Pssst!... If you've dined at E's Oven and loved the food, read more on Caribbean dining in Anguilla here. There are a few other Caribbean restaurants you may enjoy listed on that page.
More on E's Oven below...
When in Rome, eat spaghetti. Dining in Paris, have steak-frites. Hungry in London, go with fish & chips.
The general rule of thumb, in any city, (and restaurant even), is eat their specialty! But what exactly is Anguilla's "specialty"?
Anguilla certainly provides a wide spectrum of restaurants from French to Italian to Japanese to even Thai-French fusion! But our absolute favorite, none-match-by-even-the-slightest-of-comparisons, have always been the eateries that provide Caribbean dining.
They were staples in the Caribbean dining experience! But no way could our family afford to dine on such divine food every evening.
There had to be less expensive restaurants that provided Caribbean dining, other than the local weekend BBQs.
And so began a deep excavation through the jungle of all the Anguilla restaurants... It was our mission to unearth a delectable, yet moderately priced, Caribbean dining experience...
Welcome to E's Oven
We didn't have to dig deep before we hit gold! Our prize restaurant had been staring us in the face this whole time.
E's Oven... of course!
We would only pass it every day, on our way to and from the West End, as it's located on Anguilla's main road. And, friends from the island certainly have raved on and on about it to us. But somehow my immensely dense tribe of family members and I were blind and deaf to E's Oven.
Until the fateful day we discovered E's Oven back in 2004. Those past conversations with E's Oven enthusiasts and glances out the car window at the enigmatic red and yellow restaurant, all came rushing back...
E's Oven in 2004
We approached the very familiar West-Indian style eatery, with intrigued looks on our faces.
Would our palates be pleased like those of our friends?
Would E's Oven become the best moderately priced, Caribbean dining?
The answers lay moments away...
Upon stepping inside the red and yellow building, we were enveloped in its warm, open and inviting atmosphere.
Dark wood chairs and tables covered the dining room floor, and different Caribbean artifacts hung from the walls.
But the most amazing of all, was the bar.
This woman, the bartender, stood roughly three-four feet below everyone else.
The bar was built a level lower than the dining room, right next to the chef's mother's old stone oven.
I was snapped from my daze, in awe of the different knick-knacks, when my sister grabbed me by the arm...
Our waiter was seating us.
We sat a little removed from the restaurant's interior atmosphere, on a picturesque white and sea-green painted deck, just off of the central dining area.
As we flipped through the menu, the local sounds of inland Anguilla filled our ears... Crickets were chirping, kittens were crawling through hedges and the occasional chicken (that was still awake!) would cluck, as a warm, gentle Caribbean breeze ran through our hair and cooled our skin.
Our waiter returned shortly.
Dining at E's Oven in 2004
In exchange for our orders, he gave us a complimentary appetizer... chicken spring rolls!
If heaven had a shape and a taste, it would be E's Oven chicken spring rolls.
They were out of this world!
It wasn't too long before the waiter made a return visit to clear the empty plates, and place our entrees in front of us.
My sister chose seafood pasta, I opted for a shrimp salad, and my Mom and Dad went with pan seared yellow tail snapper.
The food was sensational! We all sampled a little bit of each others plates, and only had one thing to say... give our compliments to Executive Chef Vernon Hughes! Even though we came to E's Oven in search of real Caribbean dining, we passed on the traditional meals like creole conch and curry Anguillian goat meat.
But the bottom line was the food we did have, at a restaurant that provided Caribbean food, was delicious and not over-priced!
By: Kristin Bourne
Today, E's Oven has stood the test of time. Opened in 2000 by Chef Vernon Hughes, E's Oven continues to serve delicious Caribbean-flavored food for a very reasonable price, comparatively.
Why do I say that? Take for example, my (Kristin's) visit just last week to E's Oven, alongside my parents...
My parents were here for a mid-August visit and my mom wanted to take advantage of eating some of Anguilla's local crayfish. $34 US for a plate full of perfectly cooked and seasoned crayfish is what we found at E's Oven! The sides were also delicious.
When you compare the crayfish portion and quality along with price, it's almost hard to beat as other more upscale restaurants in Anguilla will charge $45 US and up for a crayfish entree.
Local Anguilla Crayfish at E's Oven
Crayfish aside, E's Oven offers a nice array of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts that are priced just right.
Upon my first visit to E's Oven, I had their half-a-chicken and as I ate, my mom pointed out that she had not heard me be so vocal when I ate with my "mmmm" sound effects. She was right.
I haven't tasted anything I wouldn't be excited to order again...
The baked chicken for lunch. The Coconut Crusted Grouper for dinner.
Coconut Crusted Grouper on Curried Beans with a Potato and Banana Rum Sauce
Salmon special... mouth-watering
I've even tasted a divine salmon special that was served in a cream sauce with capers.
With entrees priced between $12 US and $34 US and lunch ranging from $8 US to $34 US, all pocketbooks and taste buds can walk away happily fulfilled at E's Oven!
How does Chef Hughes get away with such great prices?
E's Oven is located on the main road and not on the sea. Restaurants that are on the sea are wonderful (one of the reasons people come to Anguilla!), but generally more expensive. If you are on a budget and looking to eat well but might prefer a lighter bill, I've found no disappointment in dining at places away from the sea like E's Oven, Tasty's Restaurant, Andy's Restaurant and my very favorite - the old Zara's.
In fact, these are some of Anguilla's most delicious restaurants. They use Caribbean flavors in their food and that have local chefs who were trained at high-end Anguilla hotels as well as abroad in The United States and Europe!
To get an idea of how price can vary, take for example the grilled fish at The Place. It is good and costs around $25 US. Granted, you are sitting on marvelous Rendezvous Bay as you enjoy your fish. A similar and probably slightly tastier grilled fish awaits you at Andy's Restaurant, but for $16 US, and sitting amidst trees in The Valley.
Friendly game of dominoes across from E's Oven in South Hill
E's Oven offers its own charm. Just look right out the front door and across the street and you will see real Anguilla. Don't most of us truly love to see true culture when we travel?
My family and I love the name, too, as we fondly call my nephew Ethan, "E". Each time we swing around the curve in the main road by E's Oven, we think of him.
As it turns out... "E's Oven" is a tribute to Chef Vernon's late mother. She used to bake in a traditional stone oven (keep your eyes peeled for old stone oven's around the island!) and it was located where the bar section of the restaurant currently sits.
The E's Oven indoor dining area
The lush open-air dining area
Each time I've been to E's Oven, the service has been good and the food has been phenomenal, plus the ambiance there is soothing. I would call it "upscale Caribbean".
I would also list E's Oven as one of Anguilla's more romantic restaurants with its low light and rich decor.
If you choose to opt for a restaurant that isn't right on the sea, you will save yourself a little money and you are very likely to just as, if not more satisfied with your meal.
Hopefully these little tidbits help you have an idea of what to expect and how you can eat well for a lower cost in Anguilla.
Directions: On the main road, E's Oven is just east of the stop light near Mingz grocery store. See the map for exact locations.
Good for refined, Caribbean cuisine.
Hours: Lunch and dinner Wednesday-Monday.