Fodor's Expert Review Apsara
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. Roasted cashew nut and raisin samosas with chunky mango-ginger sauce might be followed by pickled goat vindaloo, or tandoori-roasted salmon, lamb, or chicken. Definitely order the naan, either plain, stuffed with cheese, onion, and chili, or flavored with almond, coconut, and raisins. 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).
1 Anse Chastanet Rd.
Soufrière, Soufrière Saint Lucia
- Exotic cuisine in an island setting
- Accessible by land or water
- Chef visits with diners at table to discuss cuisine