Fodor's Expert Review Apsara

$$$ Soufriere and the West Coast Indian

India has had an important influence on the Caribbean islands, from the heritage of their people to the colorful madras plaids and the curry flavors that are a staple of Caribbean cuisine. At night, Anse Chastanet's Trou au Diable restaurant transforms into Apsara, an extraordinarily romantic, candlelit, beachfront dining experience with modern Indian cuisine. The innovative menu, mixing East Indian and Caribbean cooking, produces food that's full of flavor but not too spicy, although you can opt for some hotter dishes. Tangy crab and potato cakes with sweet yogurt or local vegetable samosas might be followed by tamarind-roasted duck breast, pickled goat vindaloo, or tandoori-roasted salmon, lamb, chicken, or lobster. Definitely order the naan, either plain or flavored with almond, coconut, or raisin. For dessert, choose the mango, saffron, or sea moss kulfi (Indian-style ice cream) or go all the way with Apsara's Temptation (tandoori-baked pineapple with honey, saffron, and passion-fruit syrup, kulfi, and sun-blushed chili).

Indian Romantic Views Quiet Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Old French Rd.
Soufrière, Soufrière  St. Lucia

758-459–7354

www.ansechastanet.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No lunch

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