by Susan Peach
(Nanaimo, BC Canada)
A group of us were recently on Anguilla for a conference, and on one of our "free" days we did some shopping in town and then headed to da'Vida for lunch on the beach. It turned out to be an excellent choice!
Our waiter was very friendly, efficient and helpful. We were quickly seated, drink orders taken, and menus handed out. We had many questions, which he answered with good humor and a smile, making recommendations according to our tastes, and proudly listing the locally caught seafood items that were available.
I was surprised to find a couple of vegetarian options on the menu (though I also eat some fish so wouldn't have been disappointed with this). I settled on the portabello mushroom burger and my friend had the mahi mahi salad and a traditional island specialty, johnny cakes.
My burger was hot and fresh and came with a small portion of french fries and salad, just enough to satisfy my hunger, but also leaving enough room for dessert! My friend said her fish was perfectly cooked, nice and moist, and very flavorful. The johnny cakes were passed around for everyone to have a taste, and we all enjoyed a bite of these moist, fried biscuits.
After asking for recommendations from out waiter, who raved about the fact that all their desserts were home made on the premises, we settled on sorbet. I had the strawberry and my friend had passion fruit. This was without a doubt the highlight of our meal!
The sorbet was so light and fruity, not overly sweet, and perfect on a hot Anguilla afternoon. It was garnished with a flower from the restaurant garden, and served in a bowl lined with a lace cookie, along with another type of home made cookie just perfect for dipping. I would return to da'Vida just to eat sorbet all afternoon!
What's more, da'Vida is literally right on the beach, with gorgeous views of some of the smaller islands and of course, those unmistakeable Anguilla white sands and turquoise waters. After enjoying our lunch, we took advantage of the beautiful setting to take some fun photos and enjoy the scenery.
If I ever have the opportunity to return to Anguilla, da'Vida will be on the top of my list of restaurants to return to!
Nori's Reply: Susan, I couldn't agree with you more. da'Vida is one of my top 3 favorite Anguilla restaurants, and for all of the same reasons... Beach-side location, friendly and accommodating service, and of course, the most delicious food.
I am embarrassed to say that I have not had the delight of trying the refreshing sorbet! Maybe it's because by the time we reach dessert I am so stuffed and can't bear the thought of one more bite. ;-)
Sorbets at da'Vida include strawberry, mango, lemon and banana passion. They also have homemade ice-cream of coconut, rum and raisin, double vanilla, chocolate and lemon grass.
Thank you for the tip, Susan. I know what I'm having for dessert on our next visit to da'Vida!
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