Fodor's Expert Review The Pavilion
Imagine a semi-alfresco cathedral constructed of raw limestone coral overlooking a palm-fringed sandy crescent: that's The Pavilion, the ritzy Christophe Harbour beach club open to nonmembers for dinner only. The soaring interior blends colonial and contemporary with aplomb: a curved exhibition kitchen, streamlined bar stools, and abstract pendant lamps contrast with "found" sculptural sea fans and driftwood, antique settees, and 19th-century black-and-white photos of Kittitian scenes. Executive Chef Damien Heaney similarly blends tradition and innovation. Even such "traditional" fare as conch fritters is goosed with pickled ginger and passion-fruit coulis and artfully presented with swirls of jerk mayo. Heaney’s dishes provide textbook examples of how to juxtapose textures, flavors, even colors. Wednesday night's Chef's Appreciation prix fixe is a fine buy. The wine list features some surprising bargains, especially among whites, and you can finish your meal in style with one of a dozen aged rums.
Sand Bank Bay, St. Kitts St. Kitts and Nevis