Mr. Lowell Hodge is a familiar face in Anguilla. If you know Blanchards and if you read A Trip To The Beach, you have already fallen in love with Lowell.
Chef Lowell Hodge
Always armed with a warm smile and surrounded by an aura of calm, it is hard to find a man more gracious and kind than Lowell.
With his rich background in hospitality and as a Chef at Blanchards, it has only been a matter of time for Lowell to strike out on his own, showing off his skills in a venue all his own. That venue? A vibrant spot, teaming with home and heart.
Sharky's opened in 2018 to rave reviews. The food, the price, the vibe. Each and every TripAdvisor review has been 5/5. "Where is this hot spot?" I wondered on a drive from The Valley to West End. And then suddenly, it appeared...
Welcome to Sharky's
Set on the left hand side of the road (if you are driving West), just past the turn to the Cove, you can't miss it. Painted vibrant turquoises, reds and yellows, and offset by crisp whites, the color scheme catches your eye.
A private home-turned-restaurant, Sharky's exudes a certain authentic warmth that only someone with equal warmth could pull off. That someone, of course, is Lowell.
Seating is out on the home's breezy terrace. Colorful placemats top wide wooden tables, rounding out the restaurant's charming feel. I wouldn't normally call attention to the seating, but Sharky's dining chaises deserve a mention. They are seriously comfortable.
Louise Settling in at Sharky's
The kitchen is right next to the dining area. The anticipation the aromas build are almost too much to bear. ;-)
Our sweet waitress took our drink order as we perused the menu and settled into a relaxed and leisurely evening at Sharky's.
A tight menu, Lowell sticks to the concept of doing a few dishes, all extremely well.
First up? Starters which include a caesar salad (eggless dressing), house salad and...
Anguilla Lobster Cakes
These lobster cakes evoke that burning, "I can't bear to share" kind of love at first bite. Mixed in a fluffy-savory batter, three sizable cakes (sometimes 2 larger ones, depending on Chef's preference that day) are loaded with chunks of spiny lobster and laced with red peppers. The dish's perfect complement is its tomato tartar sauce.
As the last crumb of cake disappeared, I instantly regretted not ordering a second order as my main!
That is, of course, until our mains arrived...
Chicken Breast With A Citrus Butter Sauce
Thin chicken breast (not "scallopini-thin" but thinner than standard chicken breast) is cooked to perfection. Sumptuous and moist, each bite is pure delight. Lowell tops the chicken with an ample amount of citrus butter sauce. Not overwhelmingly citrusy, the sauce is rich and buttery-smooth, without being decadent and heavy. The balance of flavors is spot on.
The chicken is served with rice and peas, sautéed ginger bok choy, and caramelized onions. The sweet touch of caramelized onions brings out the subtle sweetness in the chicken. A perfect dish from the "star of the show" to the sides.
In addition to the chicken, Chef Lowell cooks up garlic butter shrimp (served with rice and ginger bok choy), local lobster in a lemon-garlic butter sauce (with rice and peas and vegetables) and...
Whole or Fillet Local Snapper
Keeping his pasta lovers in mind, Chef Lowell's menu also features chicken pasta and...
Angel hair pasta is tossed in a cream sauce, peppered with shrimps and red peppers. The red peppers is a transformative touch. They add a sweet twist to this hearty dish.
Chef Lowell does not skimp on portion sizes! We were bursting at the seems with little room for dessert, but Lowell, it is safe to say - we will be back!
At only $80, I was blown away. This is Blanchards level food at a fraction of the price. It is hard not to see why this little, homestyle spot has quickly become an Anguilla dining favorite.
NOTE: Sharky's is cash only. Reservations highly recommended.
Directions: On the main road - just after the turn going to Cove Bay (left hand side of the road if you are heading west).
Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.