Fodor's Expert Review Veya and Meze at Veya

$$$$ Anguilla Eclectic Fodor's Choice

On the suavely minimalist four-sided veranda, stylishly appointed tables glow with flickering candlelight from sea urchin–shape porcelain votive holders. Chic patrons mingle and sip mojitos to the purr of soft jazz in a lively lounge. Carrie Bogar's "cuisine of the sun" features ingenious preparations, first-rate provisions, and ample portions that are shareable works of art. Sample Moroccan-spiced shrimp "cigars" with roast tomato–apricot chutney or Vietnamese-spiced calamari. Jerk-spiced tuna is served with a rum-coffee glaze on a juicy slab of grilled pineapple, and butter-poached lobster is divine, as is warm chocolate cake with chili-roasted banana ice cream and caramelized bananas. Consider splurging on the $95 five-course tasting menu. For a relaxing casual evening, head downstairs to Meze at Veya to lounge in an open-air Moroccan tent while you share small tapas-style Mediterranean plates. Omari Banks, one of the island's best musicians, plays on Monday and Thursday.

Eclectic Romantic Service Sophisticated Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Sandy Ground Village, n/a Anguilla  AI2640, Anguilla

264-498–8392

www.veya-axa.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Sat. June–Aug. and late Oct., and Sept.–mid-Oct. No lunch

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